Spring springs in mysterious ways in Los Angeles, no more so than at Antebellum, Los Angeles’s (and the world’s only) fetish gallery, located in the heart of Hollywood.
Rick Castro, Antebellum owner and curator, has a new exhibit opening this Saturday, as well as April’s edition of his programmed movie series, Fetish Film Fridays, at the Egyptian Theater, that touches on three fetishes this time, called Clownie, Baby, Amputee – Three Unique Fetishes Together at Last!
Prelude to Happiness, at the Egyptian on Friday night, is a film about an amputee who gets dumped by her boyfriend and enters into a torrid relationship with the doctor who performed the amputation. According to Castro, it’s “an amputee love affair filmed like a low budget Douglas Sirk melodrama, crossed with an even lower budget episode of As the World Turns with bad acting, bad hair and more booms in shots than a reality show.” After the screening, Castro is inviting audience members back to Antebellum, around the corner from the Egyptian, for a preview of the exhibit, Clownie, Baby, Amputee.
As an added attraction before Prelude to Happiness, Castro will also be screening clips of the exotic dancer Bettie Page, filmed by Irving Klaw, regarded as the originator of contemporary fetish film. Ultimately, Page and Klaw were prosecuted for their efforts and forced to abandon their collaboration.
Castro, a true fetish believer, brings a cheery openness and upbeat charm to the subject of increasingly mainstream fascination with what were once considered offbeat sexual pecadillos. His efforts ripple out into the mainstream, demystifying practices that are really all about having fun with other consenting adults.
His openings at Antebellum, as well as the film screenings at the Egyptian, have become like family gatherings where everyone catches up with each other, sips wine, watches an in-gallery performance or demonstration or two and then heads home to the kids and work the next day.
Prelude to Happiness – Friday, April 10th, 7:30 PM, admission $ 10; Egyptian Theater 6712 Hollywood Blvd. LA 90028.
Clownie, Baby, Amputee – opening night, Saturday, April 11th, 7 – 9 PM, admission $10; Antebellum Gallery 1643 N. Las Palmas, LA 90028.