Republic Pictures is celebrating its 75th anniversary on September 25 with a day full of events in Studio City. For more information, go to the website set up for the party.
If you're interested in something that comes with the smell of old paper, the Coming Attractions Pulp Shows page lists all of the upcoming shows.
If you're interested in something with a little more Western flavor, Western Events lists various fairs and festivals, trail rides, auctions, concerts, and horse shows. Note that when you go into each of the pages, such as the fairs and festivals, a lot of old dates show up, mixed in with events coming up in the near future, which is a little bizarre. But if you're interested in one of the events but it lists a date in the past, you could use your finely-honed investigative skills and do a Google search on the name of the event to see if it's still going on and when.
Anyone who thinks that pulp fiction collectors are resistant to technological advances should take note that there is a ongoing effort by Mark Haluega of the Gotham Pulp Collector's Club to start a virtual Pulp Collector's club, using new video conferencing software. Kind of like Skype on steroids. Mark is looking into various software programs; so far, the one that seems to be at the top of the list allows up to 20 people to "attend" the meetings. Interest in this came about after some discussions at the meeting and on Pulp Mags about the fact that a larger number of clubs and collectors are centered on the east coast of the United States, and the difficulty of those that live in remote areas (such as that outpost known as California) to attend collector meetings.
If you're interested in joining Pulp Mags, by the way, it's as easy as clicking on the button on the right and sending an email to the moderator, telling Curt how much you love pulps.
If classic cars are your thing, there's a classic car show coming up in the Santa Clarita Valley on September 11 at the Route 66 Grill on Soledad Canyon Rd. To go and look at the cars is free; if you want to show off your car, there's a $10 registration fee. The web page on the Santa Clarita page says that there will be many "Star Cars" including the Batmobile, Back to the Future Delorian, and Herbie the Love Bug. In honor of those that gave their lives on September 11, 2001, dinner is free for local firefighters, police officers and active duty military personnel.
And finally, for those that are interested in sordid divorce trials, T.J. Simers has a brilliant and hilarious essay in today's Los Angeles Times about the first day of the McCourt trial that occurred yesterday. The McCourts are suing each other over the ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Frank McCourt is a entrepeneur who made his fortune on borrowed money, and his estranged wife Jamie is a lawyer who claims that "she didn't know what she was signing" when she signed off her interest in the ball club many years ago. He has six divorce lawyers, she has five (or is the other way around?). With that cast of characters, how can you go wrong?
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