The sophomore edition of the L.A. Puppet Fest pulls strings across the city, with dozens of events celebrating the ancient art of puppetry. An April Fools' Puppet Ball launches the annual fan fest tonight at Micky's, followed by a range of programs geared to appeal to young ones and adults alike. Highlights include the L.A. Guild of Puppetry's Puppetzilla L.A. Puppet Fest Slam at Bootleg Theatre and Live Band Puppet Karaoke at Busby's East, plus a two-day show at Blue Five Art Gallery that pays tribute to L.A.'s stalwart hero of the indie-puppet scene, Bob Baker, whose namesake marionette theater has evolved into a beloved memory-making landmark. The Million Puppet Parade on Third Street Promenade and the Skirball Puppet Festival help round out the nonstop doll-filled festivities, which pop up at 10 venues across the city. From roundtables, workshops and lectures to intriguing live performances and films, this unique and engaging marathon of movable models is a citywide convention for both burgeoning and established puppeteers, not to mention the puppets themselves and the people who love them. Various locations. Tue., April 1-Sun., April 13. Events range from $2 to $25; details at

Tue., April 1, 2014
(Expired: 04/01/14)

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