Rob Zabrecky’s new memoir Strange Cures, explores a life full of miraculous situations and eccentric role models, starting with a delusional uncle who almost almost killed him as a youngster and later, delving into his life as musician surrounded by the colorful characters of the L.A.’s alternative music scene (centered around the legendary coffeehouse and music hub called Jabberjaw). Though his band Possum Dixon was a fave in rock circles, Zabrecky is best known today as a magician and web host (Other Side With Zabrecky features one-on-one seances with famous figures and the spirit of their choice). For this book event moderated by L.A. historian Chris Nichols, “a unique presentation” is promised. With Zabrecky (who grew up in the San Fernando Valley before succumbing to Hollywood and Silver Lake’s subversive charms) and Nichols coming together at a venue like the Valley Relics Museum, expect history, hilarity and maybe a ’lil hocus pocus too.
Valley Relics Museum, 7900 Balboa Blvd., Hangar C3 & C4, Van Nuys; Sun., July 21, 5-7 p.m. $12. (818) 616-4083, valleyrelicsmuseum.org.