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Ryan Gosling's gothic choir to accompany legendary marionette show


Dead Man's Bones.  Photo: Hama Sanders.

Perhaps the edgiest scene I've stumbled upon in Los Angeles was the after-party for Captivity, the 2006 Elisha Cuthbert torture-porn film.  Internet burlesque act the Suicide Girls were on hand in simulated bondage chambers, topless but for electrical tape over their nipples, and there, in the middle of this deviant spectacle, I spotted Ryan Gosling wearing a flannel shirt with an aw-shucks grin.  It's hard to imagine the weepy, boyish star of "The Notebook" in such a dark context, which is why I was surprised to learn that Gosling is (in real life!) one-half of the Gothic theatrical music revue Dead Man's Bones.  His band has a residency for three consecutive Fridays, the 11th, 18th, and 25th, at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater in Westlake.  The "other" DMB will accompany Baker's live puppetry, the likes of which you've seen in movies like "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" and the original "Escape to Witch Mountain."  A Tinseltown legend in his own right, Baker has worked as an animator, puppeteer, and animation advisor in the industry since graduating from Hollywood High School pre-WWII.  To further enhance this already-bizarre spectacle, the Silverlake Conservatory Children's choir will accompany Gosling's band (they also appear in their video for In the Room Where You Sleep, dressed in ghoulish Halloween costumes.)  Buy tickets online or call the theater at 213-250-9995 for ticket information.

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