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LA Zine Fest This Weekend!

If you thought blogs killed the zine, you’ll be heartened to learn that the indie tradition of homemade publishing in print is alive and well, and being celebrated this weekend here in town.

The L.A. Zine Fest takes place this Sunday at the downtown Spring Arts Tower, in The Last Bookstore and on the floor above. The event will feature panel discussions, workshops, even a conversation between Henry Rollins and the legendary V. Vale of RE/Search Publications. L.A. Record will host an afterparty in the bookstore, with KXLU DJs spinning.

A pre-fest Comix & Zine Reading is planned for Saturday evening at the art gallery Home Room. Over a dozen local artists are participating, including the creators of FishbowlLA’s beloved comic Henry & Glenn Forever.

All events are free.

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KCRW Halloween Masquerade Party Rocks Per Usual


Photo: Jeremiah Garcia

KCRW’s annual Masquerade party has pretty much become the go-to Halloween event of choice here in LA. Despite the origins of the flu, your humble Fishie was in attendance–with the assistance of ample amounts of Red Bull–and he’s happy to report this year did not disappoint.

Like last year, the event was held at the Legendary Park Plaza hotel across from MacArthur Park. Moby, Mariachi El Bronx, Dengue Fever and Milagres all played–and KCRW’s various DJs alternated sets throughout the night on four different stages. Moby’s performance was so crowded they blocked off the door and wouldn’t let anyone else in 30 minutes before he went on. So we missed the set. In lieu of a description, we’ll give you a great photo by Jeremiah Garcia after the jump.

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Henry Rollins Will Bless Your Unborn Child

 

If punk rock is your religion, a papal blessing is pretty much out of the question, as it was for the knocked-up Rita Neyter of KPFK. Fortunately, Henry Rollins was willing to set aside his DJ duties at MOCA’s opening party Friday night for some fetal ministrations.

According to Neyter, the blessing Rollins bestowed upon her unborn child mostly involved advice for avoiding jail time. Ah, if only Rollins had got to us while we were still in utero.

Celebrating ‘Under the Big Black Sun’ Exhibit with MOCA

“Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980″ officially launched over the weekend, and FishbowlLA kicked off the six month exhibition series with an opening party at MOCA for “Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981.” The series takes its name from the album by the L.A.-based punk band X.

Guests had a chance to preview the exhibition, which centers around a particularly turbulent, experimental period in the city’s art scene. Appropriately, the turbulent, experimental Henry Rollins DJ’d the party.

A wall of Black Flag concert flyers, drawn by Raymond Pettibon.

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LA Weekly Names New Music Editor

LA Weekly has finally named its new music editor. Ben Westhoff, a New York freelancer for The Village Voice, Pitchfork and Spin among other pubs, and an author of two books, one on Southern hip-hop and the other on New York dive bars, has been tapped for the job. Westhoff got his start at the Riverfront Times–which, incidentally, is the same paper LA Weekly music editor once-removed, Randall Roberts came out of.

Westhoff starts his new gig July 12. He replaces Gustavo Turner, who, among other triumphs, helped the paper land Henry Rollins as a weekly columnist, but decided to return to writing full time.

 

Henry Rollins Gets His Own Nat Geo Show

Punk rock legend, actor, author, KCRW host, LA Weekly columnist–Henry Rollins‘ resume is pretty extensive. And it looks like he’ll be able to add a new item to the list: TV show host. The Hollywood Reporter says Rollins’ show Animal Underworld–”which looks at people who collect, eat and revere exotic and not-so-exotic animals”–was just picked up for a three-episode run by Nat Geo. For one of his episodes Rollins will apparently travel to a cafe where they drink frog smoothies. Which is how we at FishbowlLA always start our day, along with a healthy portion of tiger penis.

THR says the show’s run would have been longer but was hampered by Rollins’ availability. Good. We’re looking forward to Animal Underworld and all, but we’d rather not force Rollins to skip a week or two of his KCRW show.

Henry Rollins, Megan Mullally, Josh Radnor and More Perform The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

When David Foster Wallace committed suicide in 2008, he left behind legions of grieving fans, a gaping hole in the literary world, and an unfinished novel about agents of the Internal Revenue Service in Peoria, Illinois. That book, pieced together and published posthumously, will be brought to life this coming Thursday by a handful of Hollywood notables.

THE PALE KING: MONOLOGUES FROM THE UNFINISHED NOVEL BY DAVID FOSTER WALLACE will take place at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on April 28. Performers include Henry Rollins, Rosemarie DeWitt, Adam Scott, Rob Delaney, René Auberjonois, and more. The event is being hosted by LA Times book critic, David L. Ulin, and sponsored by PEN Center USA.

Tickets for the event go for $25 and $65 and are available from both the Saban Theatre box office and Ticketmaster. The latter will gouge you on fees.

Last Night: Henry Rollins’ KCRW Benefit at the Echoplex

Henry Rollins was at the Echoplex last night, putting on a benefit for KCRW that could only be described as two hours of intense music geekery.

It was great.

A little over 300 people gathered to hear Rollins dig deep into his personal collection of rare recordings and play all kinds of songs he isn’t allowed to play on the radio–mostly because the tapes were given to him personally by the artists or their families under the promise that they could never be leaked or bootlegged. Rollins then told the often crazy backstory of how each track came into his possession.

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Tonight: Henry Rollins at the Echoplex

KCRW continues its streak of putting on cool events in the post-Juan Williams fundraising world. Tonight, punk legend and KCRW DJ Henry Rollins will be hosting a benefit for the station at Echoplex. Titled “Henry Rollins – Rare Cuts and Conversation,” the event promises Rollins to come armed with a vault of rare music from his personal collection–which he’ll opine on as the mood strikes him.

“I will play stuff that I am unable to on my regular show, due to the rare nature of the material. I have been planning the set for weeks and am so excited to be able to get some truly unique tracks to your ears,” said Rollins. “Basically, the Echoplex will be my living room, you are the guests and I am playing some of my coolest cuts from decades of gathering, complete with the story around the track and its acquisition.”

Sounds intriguing. Show starts at 8. More info here.

Marwencol Director Returns to His Alma Mater

Director Jeff Malmberg was at his alma mater USC last night for a screening of his brilliant documentary film Marwencol–about a man named Mark Hogancamp who loses his memory and physical abilities after a traumatic beating. To help regain these functions Hogancamp builds a world of dolls, which he then photographs. He calls his doll world Marwencol.

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