Cops in L.A.'s dense, urban, west-of-downtown core just don't have enough to do on Friday nights.
Thanks to a screening of Electric Daisy Carnival Experience, a rave promoter's self-produced
informercial documentary on its controversial 2010 two-day party in L.A., officers might just have to put those pesky 911 calls on hold and head on over to the Wiltern Theater in Koreatown for a reprise of its Hollywood showing last month.
What happened outside Grauman's Chinese last month?
Near pandemonium broke out after one of the stars of the documentary, DJ Kaskade, tweeted that he'd be putting on a free, DJ-driven block party before the premier. Cops say 800 people showed up (others estimated the crowd was in the thousands) and clogged the streets, prompting a riot response.
Ravers clashed with police, threw rocks and bottles, fought with each other (how PLUR) and trashed one cop car. Then a standoff lasted until about 9 p.m., when officers arrested three people in a crowd that wouldn't disperse.
The promoter, Insomniac Events, which has used police officials to help lobby the elected leaders in its effort to return to the publicly owned L.A. Coliseum, said it had nothing to do with the fracas. But a source who helped secure the premier's curb-lane closure permit told the Weekly a grand, musical entrance for Kaskade had been planned as part of the film's festivities.
In any case, it looks like the publicists who are pushing Electric Daisy Carnival Experience are using the flash mob as an endorsement for the flick. In an email to film critics a publicist for EDC Experience writes:
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The film that caused quite an uproar in Hollywood is back for an encore showing!
Yay! Way to market. Did we mention that LAPD detectives were investigating the roots of the "block party" idea?
Well, at least we know to avoid Wilshire Boulevard and South Western Avenue Friday night.