Run by curators Eric Nordhauser and Hazel Hill McCarthy, Show Cave is easily one of this city’s most eclectic and imaginative venues, hosting everything from obscure performance-art videos to deafening hardcore bands. The one thing Show Cave’s bookings have in common is uninhibited experimentation — the kind of free-for-all, get-yer-freak-on weirdness encouraged by a long line of great art enthusiasts. Nordhauser and McCarthy take their cues from folks like Andy Warhol and George Kuchar, adopting a legacy of open-armed acceptance of the art world’s more raggedy fringe. The result is always thrilling, a schedule of events where one is guaranteed to be, at the very least, gape-mouthed, if not elated. Show Cave is the first stop for artists from both L.A. and around the globe seeking a venue that doesn’t limit its productions to the straight and narrow. Their newish Eagle Rock space, housed in a historic building and enhanced by Nordhauser/McCarthy’s reimagined interior, is the spot to go if you’re looking for something you’ve never seen before — but will most definitely want to see again. 3501 Eagle Rock Blvd., Eagle Rock. showcave.org. —Jessica Hundley
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