They may well be made from picket and string, however Bob Baker’s marionettes deliver actual, palpable feelings to any individual fortunate sufficient to revel in them– from pleasure to pleasure to concern (we recall being a little bit scared of a few of them as a kid). Baker’s theater locales round L.A . and displays at more than a few circle of relatives occasions cemented his position as an area legend, and when the ability used to be at risk of closure, pals and lovers rallied to stay it alive in a brand new location.
The whimsical pleasure of this L.A. establishment is captured in a brand new guide Enchanted Strings: Bob Baker Marionette Theater through Randal J. Metz, which covers the visible historical past of Baker’s earliest days in addition to his theater’s evolving displays and crowds, regularly blended with simply as many adults as children. With about 300 beautiful antique and fresh pictures, and a nifty intro through Jordan Peele, the guide is a must have treasure for any follower of L.A. tradition and nostalgia, offering behind-the-scenes appears to be like at now not handiest the theater, however Baker and his group’s paintings with Walt Disney, adorned through hand-drawn idea artwork, ingenious notes, and different ephemera.
This night, sign up for Alex Evans (Govt Director and Head Puppeteer of Bob Baker Marionette Theater) and Winona Bechtle (Director of Construction and Partnerships) as they speak about the guide and the theater, and carry out with their iconic puppets.
At Chevalier’s Books, 133 N. Larchmont Blvd., Mon., March 7, 7 p.m.; loose. Sign in right here. Get your reproduction right here, and mark your calendar for Bob Baker Day at L.A. Historical State Park om April 9. Extra information right here.