Pencil This In: Fetishes on Film, Mark Salzman with LACO, Gloryhole Party and 'Don't Tell My Mother' [NSFW Trailer]
We found a few—ahem—interesting events happening tonight in LA: Conspirators of Pleasure, Jan Svankmajer’s film about fetishes screens; the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra welcomes Mark Salzman for an evening of music and story; the Pleasure Chest throws a party; various lit events with Michael Chabon, Junot Díaz and Christian Lander. Plus there's storytelling you'd never tell your mom. Read on for all the details.
Cinefamily screens Jan Svankmajer’s 1996 film Conspirators of Pleasure tonight at 7:30 pm. The film is a series of vignettes of seemingly normal people that paints a “portrait of of hardcore sexual fetishists whose lives pirouette around one another in serendipitous fashion.” Inspired by Luis Bunuel, Max Ernst, Sigmund Freud and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, the film features absolutely no dialogue. It’s comically creepy. Just watch the NSFW trailer posted above. $12/free for members.
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra examines the relationship between “Music and Story” in its latest Westside Connections series tonight at Santa Monica's Broad Stage. Pairing novelists and musicians, tonight’s special guest is bestselling novelist Mark Salzman (True Notebooks and Lying Awake, and Iron & Silk), also an accomplished cellist, who narrates a performance piece that “explores his struggle with writer’s block and how his deep love of Bach’s cello suites broke the spell.” Tickets: $50.
Gloryhole: The Pleasure Chest Uncut is a huge party that the Pleasure Chest is hosting tonight from 7 to midnight. Guests get to mix and mingle with the “sexual glitterati.” There’ll be appearances in an XXX Gloryhole installation with Nina Hartley, Buck Angel, April Flores, Reid Mihalko, Jiz Lee, Damon Holzum and Midori; a spanking station; kinky crafting; a photo booth; and $3 tacos by, of course, Pink Taco. Attendance is free, but the party is invitation only and restricted to those 18 and older. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by sending an email to email@example.com with the number of guests in your party.
Tonight at 7:30 pm, Writers Bloc hosts an evening of literary conversation with Junot Díaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) and Christian Lander (creator of Stuff White People White). At the Los Angeles Theater Center. Tickets: $20.
The live storytelling show Don't Tell My Mother is at Café Club Fais Do-Do tonight at 8 pm. Tonight's lineup features original Saturday Night Live cast member Laraine Newman, NAACP winner and Girlfriends actress Tracee Ellis Ross and Moth Grandslam winner Margot Leitman. Live music provided by Saucy Monky.
The Hammer Museum hosts the program Some Favorite Writers: Michael Chabon
Michael Chabon, the best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, among other novels and short story collections. He’ll also discuss his new novel is Telegraph Avenue. Michael will be joined on stage by his wife, writer Ayelet Waldman. Book signing follows the reading. 7:30 pm.
One of the shows opening during the monthly Downtown Art Walk tonight is the First 10+ Art Show featuring top animators at the Robert Reynolds Gallery. It’s curated by Gennie Rim, former Pixar and Disney manager, and features Disney veteran Glen Keane (The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Tangled), Bruce Smith (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Tarzan), Robert Valley (Gorillaz music videos, The Beatles Rock Band Trailer) and Ed Bell (MTV’s Liquid Television). Also featured are upcoming talents: Jeff Turley, Shiyoon Kim, De’Von Stubblefield, Daniel Arriaga, Joseph Mingoo Lee, Louis Gonzales, Patrick Osborne and Mac George. Reception begins at 6 pm. The show runs through Sunday.
*Pencil pick of the day