Courtesy of Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry Puppetzilla Halloween
Many L.A. residents may not get to enjoy seasonal staples like colorful autumn leaves, but one thing this city can do is throw a damn good Halloween party. Embrace the spirit of the holiday with events ranging from family-friendly to NC-17-rated. Or design a clever costume to show off at a masquerade ball or the famous West Hollywood Carnaval.
Puppetzilla Halloween Show
What is it about puppets that enchants us so? From Yoda to the Muppets to Lamb Chop, these colorful, soft characters steal the spotlight with their darling wit and expressive facial features. They're like cartoons we can touch -- they tug at our heartstrings while puppeteers pull at their wires. The tender feelings we have for these creatures follow us into adulthood, when something inside us desperately wants to hear our favorite cloth friends cursing like sailors. No one understands this better than the members of the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry, founded in 1956. The local guild, one of the largest of its type in the nation, tours its Puppetzilla PuppetSlam for enthusiastic crowds all over the L.A. area. For Halloween, they're getting naughty. Join the guild's puppet masters for a Puppetzilla PuppetSlam Halloween at the Bootleg Theater, but don't bring the kids. Not only is the show 18 and older only, but you also can expect filthy language and NC-17 sexual content from the adorable mouths of marionettes, shadow puppets and ventriloquist's dummies. There also will be costume contests, film shorts and prize giveaways. Hosting the evening is Mike Larsen, who has been a comedy writer and producer for Real Time With Bill Maher and The Drew Carey Show. Proper training -- with all her blue makeup and floral muumuus, The Drew Carey Show's Mimi may as well have been a live-action Muppet. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., Westlake; Tues., Oct. 29, 8 p.m.; $5 in advance, $10 at the door. (213) 389-3856, bootlegtheater.org. --R.K.