Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hamburger Heaven: Upcoming and Ongoing Events

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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Ron Scheer said...

Thanks for the heads-up for the Republic Pictures event. I will be there.

Barry Traylor said...

I have to comment about the McCourt divorce. Why would anyone want to hire Mrs. McCourt as a lawyer if she is too dumb to know what she signs. Oh well, I read somewhere once that lawyers make their living off the commas, etc. in a legal document.

Charles Gramlich said...

So weird. I never ever heard of the McCourt thing until today and now I'm hearing it everywhere. I have no idea who they are.

Laurie Powers said...

Ron, maybe I'll be there as well, so maybe I'll see you.

Barry, wonders never cease with these people - she had an affair with her driver, for example. If anything, it'a a classic example of what happens when people spend their entire lives chasing the dollar and end up emotionally and morally bankrupt.

Charles, see my comment to Barry for any explanation.

I do have to say that Frank has been very good for the team - it's only since he's been owner that the Dodgers have made it to the playoffs since the 1980s. I hope he can keep the team, but at the same time I wonder if he has the cash flow to do it. He bought it on an IOU.

Deka Black said...

Republic pictures. A legend!

About the McCourt thing... never heard of both. But being a European... anyway. "Divorce" is a thing what scares me. A lot. But only for one reason: Many times show the worst of two persons.

But if someone can make the people laugh weith this, welcome it ;)

One last thing. I don't know much about the sport. How many time is one match?

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

You almost make living in L.A. an attractive proposition. I guess it is when events like these take place. Have fun.