LAVA's Sunday Salon
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Sun October 31 at 12:00 PM, Clifton's Cafeteria
648 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Map & Directions)
On the last Sunday of each month, LAVA welcomes interested individuals to gather on the third floor of the historic Clifton's Cafeteria in Downtown Los Angeles (noon-2pm), for a loosely structured conversational Salon featuring short presentations and opportunities to meet and connect with one another. If you're interested in joining LAVA as a creative contributor or an attendee, we recommend Salon attendance as an introduction to this growing community. We also recommend the shortbread.
Special program at the October 31 Salon: LAVA Visionaries will host curated conversations and presentations at tables around the room. More details will be posted closer to Salon-time.

Presentations include:

• A presentation of two recent publications from the ghoulish consortium The Ghost Hunters of Urban L.A. aka GHOULA (including LAVA Visionaries Richard Carradine and Lisa Mouse), Disneyland After Dark: A Haunted Guide to the Happiest Place on Earth and GHOULA Comix #1. Comic artists will be on hand to sign their work, and Lisa Mouse will be giving away free copies of her banned Death Duck drawing that was censored after the first printing of Disneyland After Dark.

• A table discussion hosted by Visionary Joe Oesterle, author of the just-released Weird Hollywood and the classic Weird California. The multi-talented Joe is a former Senior Editor of National Lampoon, a visual artist, musician and curator of the strange and marvelous. At the Sunday Salon, he'll be sharing some stories that were too peculiar to include in Weird Hollywood, reflecting on the nature of eccentricity as a way of life, and signing copies of his new book.

• And more Halloween goodness from GHOULA: Visionary Lisa Mouse and colleagues will present the group's first science project, a collaboration with filmmaker Anthony Deptula inspired by famed magician Harry Houdini's experiments in communication beyond the grave. With SEE YOU IN 100 YEARS, you can participate in an attempt to recreate the Houdini Experiment using an Internet Time Capsule. Is there an after life? Harry Houdini had the same question. He even had a secret pass code with his beloved wife. A message sent from beyond to say "I'm here." In the spirit of Houdini, GHOULA will pay homage to this experiment in a grand scale by creating a modern time capsule, documenting participants, digitally recording their secret pass codes, and then archiving the time capsule for one hundred years. Detailed instructions will be left in the hands of a respected institution. At the end of the hundred years a non-affiliated caretaker of the project will be selected to devise a team of mediums, psychics, and scientists to reach out to the time capsule participants (that's YOU!).

Stick around the neighborhood post-Salon, as GHOULA Visionaries Lisa Mouse and Richard Carradine and Visionary Nick Matonak invite you to visit Broadway's historic, and haunted, Million Dollar Theater for a Halloween spook hunt, the largest gathering of ghost hunters ever assembled in Los Angeles. For more info, or to reserve space on this excursion (reservations are required, and space is very limited), click here.

Clifton's Cafeteria is at 648 South Broadway, near the corner of 7th Street. There are numerous paid parking lots nearby, and the closest Metro station is Pershing Square. Clifton's is online at
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