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Far Out! LA Nuggets Film Fest At The Egyptian on Sunday
For fans of a particular kind of sixties music, the Nuggets series can seem like a longtime friend, one with a really good record collection. The guy knows his stuff. He combs through the bins of 7-inch ephemera and peeks inside every rockin' garage in America so you don't have to, and puts together reliably excellent mixtapes according to whatever theme was picked that day. Rhino's recent release of the four-disc Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968 continues that tradition, and provides a reason to celebrate at the Egyptian all day tomorrow.
Festivities begin at the crack of noon with a Monkees matinee -- four episodes of the loopy TV series that can't found on DVD. The 4:00pm "afternoon session" is a screening of a "'60s L.A. Promotional Film Potpourri", a collection of rarely seen promotional films from Sonny and Cher, Boyce and Hart, the Turtles and the Mamas and Papas. Acclaimed SoCal music historian Domenic Priore (Riot On The Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood), will host an opening slide presentation. The super-groovy evening concludes at 7:30pm with a double feature of "Riot on Sunset Strip"" (1967) and "The Pad, And How To Use It." (1966), two essential touchstones for those who wish to learn how to speak hip.
Scene vets Merrell Frankhauser, Bobby Hart (Boyce & Hart), Billy Hinsche (Dino, Desi & Billy), Van Dyke Parks, and The Electric Prunes' Mark Tulin are signing stuff in the courtyard between 2 and 4 pm, along with authors Priore and Andrew Sandoval (The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story Of The '60s TV Pop Sensation) and Monkees screenwriter David Evans. It's a perfect chance to get those vintage 7-inches personalized. If you don't happen to own any, you could do worse than to get yourself a copy of Where The Action Is, which they'll be signing too.
The LA Nuggets Extravaganza takes place on Sunday, November 1 at the Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard. $10 admission for each film session, free to attend the signing in the courtyard.