Party Pick of the Week: Return to Babylon
Photo still from Return to Babylon
MAXWELL DEMILLE'S CICADA CLUB
617 S. Olive St., dwntwn., Sun., Aug. 11, 4 p.m. (screening).
When it comes to the Roaring '20s dance party and silent movie screening going down at the Cicada Club Sunday night, we simply can't be silent! After all, the party should be anything but.
Return to Babylon, a contemporary take on pre-talkie flicks that's set in Old Hollywood, is close to becoming the stuff of Hollywood legend itself. Starring Jennifer Tilly, Maria Conchita Alonso, Tippi Hedren, Debi Mazar, Ione Skye and many more L.A.-based stars and scenesters as silent-film stars, the movie has been on a shelf somewhere for a few years now. It got some traction when it was featured on Biography channel's My Ghost Story (it was filmed in old L.A. locales rumored to be haunted, and paranormal activity apparently was caught on tape), but most have never seen the completed film. Now filmmaker Alex Monty Canawati is unveiling a new edit for all to see, and to celebrate.
The event also will offer old-timey dancing and dining; Dean Mora's California Poppies provide retro dance sounds and the Hollywood Hotshot Dancers flap their fringes.