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The cryptic, yet beautiful grounds of Los Angeles' Hollywood Forever Cemetery are known for hosting summertime screenings of classic movies like Cool Hand Luke, and occasional special events like last week's sunrise concert with Bon Iver. But don't let its role as an entertainment venue dwarf the fact that it's a resting ground for many Hollywood luminaries, with floral-strewn monuments to prove it. Take a moment to slow down as your stroll through Hollywood Forever, and might find yourself overcome by its sprawling history.
If you're not adverse to spending your afternoon in the company of massive headstones, then you can learn a little more about the site with a walking tour hosted by guide Karie Bible. Bible claims she could give a six-hour tour of the grounds and still not cover everything there is to know about Hollywood Forever, so you'll get your fill of informational tidbits, and then some. We promise the actual tour won't last that long, and it will cost you a pittance of $12.
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Los Angeles is a city rich with live music venues. From the expansive Hollywood Bowl to the inevitably sticky floors of the El Rey Theater, L.A., a bastion of entertainment, provides bands passing through town with a home for their fans and a place to showcase their sonic stylings for a night.
In our search for an alternative concert experience we were tipped off to indie-folk band Bon Iver's one-off performance at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, a sunrise show that couldn't be any more different than Britney's Circus extravaganza from the previous week.
"If you want the ultimate, you've got to be willing to pay the ultimate price." So says Point Break's sage surf philosopher Bodhi, played by the late, great Patrick Swayze. In the case of Point Break: Live, the ultimate price means being sprayed by water guns, splattered with fake blood, and maybe forced onto the ground during robbery reenactments. Oh, but don't worry, you can purchase a poncho for $1 to shield your clothing.
If you're not familiar with the Los Angeles theater phenomenon that is Point Break: Live you're probably a little confused, so allow us to fill you in. The long-running show is exactly what the title states: a live reenactment of 1991's FBI thriller-meets-surf adventure, with Swayze's Bodhi playing opposite Keanu Reeves' rookie agent (and rookie surf dude).
Hollywood Forever, the cheesily-named cemetery housing some of the nation's most famous dead thespians and cinematic employees, is not some sort of sacred quiet place where people go to mourn the long lost.
Nope. Like most places in Hollywood, this is a place to party. At least it's a place to party in the summer when the cemetery hosts movie screenings. And who better to party with in a cemetery than Freddy Krueger himself?
That's what's going down on August 12 when Robert Englund is attending the premiere for his newest horror-comedy movie, Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer.
Unlike most Hollywood parties, this one is open to all. The open lawn screening begins at 7:30 pm. We're saving our seat near our favorite Golden Girl, Estelle Getty, who was recently buried here.