Was your first childhood crush Jimmy from H.R. Pufnstuf? Did you have nightmares about the Sleestak? Will you ever get the theme from the Banana Splits show out of your head now that I have mentioned it? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you had a super-groovy childhood thanks to the colorful, psychedelic characters of puppeteering brothers Sid and Marty Krofft.
Known for their pioneering large-scale puppets and outrageous but loveable characters like Benita Bizarre, Chaka and Sigmund the Sea Monster, the Kroffts ruled 70s children’s morning programming and night-time variety shows (Remember Pink Lady and Jeff, anyone?). Even if you missed out on these shows the first time around, modern technology has helped them to continue delighting kids and grown-ups alike, and probably will for years to come.
This Saturday night, from 7pm until 11pm, La La Land Gallery will be hosting art curated by Kii Arens and inspired by the kooky and colorful world of Sid and Marty Krofft. Participating artists include Chris Shary, Snaggs, Oliver Hibert, Dawn Aquarius, Anthony Ausgang, and Tuffy. The opening will also feature themed drinks from Greenbar Distillery, and a continuous slideshow with photographs from their lives. If you can’t make it Saturday, the art will be on exhibit through September 25th. By the way, how long did it take you to realize that Witchy-poo and Genie were played by the same actress (the talented Billie Hayes)? Or did I just blow your mind?
Saturday, August 26th, 7pm – 11pm. La-La Land Gallery 6450 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90038.