Whether or not you're a Doors fan, there's no disputing that Wonderland Avenue the memoir penned by the band's late manager Danny Sugerman, concerning his privileged but troubled L.A. upbringing, entree to the music industry and subsequent near-death junkiehood by age 21 is a cautionary tale revolving around a Los Angeles (and a music industry) long gone. Following a cocktail reception, Doors drummer John Densmore, neurotic comedian Richard Lewis and actors Julian Sands and Henry Thomas will read from the book in one of the most interesting event spaces in town. Hosted by Jim Ladd a staple of L.A. airwaves since the days of the Mighty Met, and one of the last purveyors of freeform rock radio until he was unceremoniously dumped by the pea-brained new owners of KLOS last October the evening is sure to evoke delight, horror, nostalgia and possibly a few sympathetic blackouts. And dino rockers, take heart: Ladd can be heard weekdays on Sirius XM. Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd.; Fri., June 22, 8 p.m., reading 9 p.m.; $15. (323) 469-1181. hollywoodforever.ticketfly.com.
Fri., June 22, 9 p.m., 2012