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Texas Chainsaw Massacre Pop-Up Opens at Lethal Amounts DTLA

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DOWNTOWN — Happy holiday season for horror fans! The Texas Chainsaw Museum pop-up opened Saturday night at Lethal Amounts, 45 years after the original release of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

The DTLA gallery is showing memorabilia presented by House of Salem – the world’s largest private collection from the classic 1974 film, which has “influenced and disturbed filmmakers and moviegoers for generations.” According to Chase Andersen, the collector in charge of this operation.

The film’s cinematographer Daniel Pearl was available for a Q&A with Ted Nicolau, Chainsaw’s sound recordist. Pearl’s more recent resume includes the 2003 remake and a Pepsi ad with Cardi B. He told an audience of fans about the perils of working on a movie that takes place at night “shooting on 16mm film with a 25 ISO”- a technical nightmare for photographers.

Daniel Pearl and Ted Nicholau

Pearl also recalled looking through the camera and seeing “the most terrifying images I had ever seen-that’s how I knew we really had something.” His former wife, Dorothy Pearl, he bragged, became the first woman in the makeup union after convincing Tobe Hooper to let her head the department on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Nicolau and Pearl recalled a “27 hour day” on set due to an actor not wanting to reapply a heavy latex mask in the Texas heat. Ted Nicolau, who later directed another cult classic – ‘Terror Vision’ – shared a memory of his young daughter showing up on set at the precisely wrong moment, and another story of “savage meat-hookery”: art department procuring real euthanized dogs from a local vets office!

“Leatherface” and gallery friend Monica

By all accounts, including that of the late Gunnar Hansen (who played Leatherface), the sweltering set was dense with the odors of rotting meat and a very pungent Hansen. “It certainly couldn’t have been hard for [lead actress] Marilyn to act uncomfortable” said Nicolau.

Merle Allin, Erek Michael and Chase Andersen

Censored and banned in over 6 countries, the often referenced classic spawned “the slasher genre”.

The Texas Chainsaw Museum hosts over 500 pieces of the most obscure and rare memorabilia from the film, including original props, makeup molds, cast scripts, artifacts from the film’s locations, archival correspondence, never before seen photos, promotional materials, rare VHS versions, production slides and more.

photos by Genevieve Marie

Items for sale include t-shirts with a vintage TCM poster design, limited lobby cards and posters, some signed by original cast and crew!

The installation will be at Lethal Amounts through December 19th.

Lethal Amounts is located at 1226 W. 7th St Los Angeles Ca 90017

For more info, check out lethalamounts and worshipsalem.com

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Prepare Your Farewell: LACMA Ready to Tear Down Its Campus

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LOS ANGELES (Curbed LA) — Heavy machinery was placed Monday in front of the the Ahmanson Building on Wilshire Boulevard to aid in pre-construction work, namely abatement, says Jessica Youn, a Los Angeles County Museum of Art spokesperson.

That caused some alarm among museum fans, who feared demolition was finally in full swing.

“We’ll paint it from life as we see the heavy machinery tear its guts out,” local arts group Roofless Painters posted on Instagram.

The abatement, which would find and remove any potentially hazardous materials in the marble-clad edifice, must be done before the building and three others at the museum can be torn down to make way for a new, divisive museum structure designed by […]

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‘Journey of the Bearded Tarot’ Exhibit Closes Jan 14

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City Presents a New Exhibition: ‘Journey of the Bearded Tarot’

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood’s exhibition of artworks by Doug Hammett at the West Hollywood Library called Journey of the Bearded Tarot will close on Tuesday, January 14.

Images in the exhibit are the artist’s interpretation of the traditional tarot deck. They serve as momentary guides, giving the participant a new perspective on the past, present, and future, revealing hidden gems that might normally remain hidden from view. 

Available for viewing during regular library hours through Tuesday, January 14 at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

For more information about Journey of the Bearded Tarot, please visit www.weho.org/community.

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‘Journey of the Bearded Tarot’ Exhibit Closes Jan 14

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood’s exhibition of artworks by Doug Hammett at the West Hollywood Library called Journey of the Bearded Tarot will close on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

Images in the exhibit are the artist’s interpretation of the traditional tarot deck. They serve as momentary guides, giving the participant a new perspective on the past, present, and future, revealing hidden gems that might normally remain hidden from view. 

The traditional Tarot deck is a collection of 78 illustrated cards, speculated to have originated in the 15th century. On a surface level,the decks were used as playing cards for mere entertainment. Yet under closer inspection, the illustrations reveal a profound archetypal language, speaking to a universal story of humankind’s heroic journey to find meaning in this complex universe. 

Although hundreds of decks have been re-imagined by different artists over the years, the meaning of the individual cards remains consistent. 22 cards comprise the Major Arcana (Big Secret) and 56 cards the Minor Arcana (Little Secret). Unique to the “Tarot of the Bearded Journey” the cards can be laid out in a linear fashion (as seen in the book), revealing several hidden journeys through both Major and Minor Arcana. 

The Major Arcana portrays the phases of one’s life from early innocence and societal rearing, through phases of outer independence and initiation that eventually returns to an inner spiritual maturation; a heroic journey through Mind, Body, and Spirit. 

The Minor Arcana depicts a more detailed initiation through the four elements: Water, Air, Fire, and Earth. The traditional four suits Tarot deck, Cups, Swords, Wands, and Coins directly relate to these elements as well as seasons and psychological types. 

  • Water/Winter/Cups/Emotion
  • Air/Spring/Swords/Intellect
  • Fire/Summer/Wands/Intuition
  • Earth/Fall/Coins/Physical

Take part in the “Journey of the Bearded Tarot”. The images in the deck serve as momentary guides, giving the participant a new perspective on the past, present, and future, revealing hidden gems that might normally remain hidden from view.

Doug Hammett has been an artist for 35 years, working primarily in painting, sculpture, theater, and music. He has an MFA from Art Center College of Design, and a BFA from the University of Redlands. He serves as a director for Art 105, based in Old Town Pasadena and the Arts District of LA, a center for exploring art, music, and theater.

53 Fire 4 Bleed Title Flat
26 Water 5 Bleed Title Flat

To view his latest series of works and links to the tarot deck including past works go to www.doughammett.gallery.

For more information regarding this exhibit please contact Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, mche@weho.org.

Available for viewing during regular library hours through Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

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