Any press release that promotes an event that “gives the finger to Valentine's Day and introduces saints that never existed” gets our attention. Oh hell, let's just quote the whole thing: “World-famous rock n' roll outfitter, the Congregation of Forgotten Saints, will host The Congregation of Forgotten Saints Hosts Forgotten Saints: Reinterpreting Sainthood at the Alter of Rock, a gathering of artists and connoisseurs, to pay homage to saints that never existed, but deserve the title.” A black carpet and reception kicks off an exhibit by Art Core of 40 sculptors, graffiti artists, tattoo artists and other fine artists (you know, like flesh-branders). It goes on, “These won't be the saints you learned about in Catholic school, but rather a reinterpretation of what sainthood means, what people worship today, and the effigies people identify with, and revere.” Like Snoopy? Maybe not. Also on the bill: music, cocktails, interactive confessional and live painting, gift bags, and attitude. The Congregation of Forgotten Saints, 7569 Melrose Ave., Hlywd.; Fri., Feb. 13, 8 p.m.; free, resv. required. (818) 264-6479.–Libby Molyneaux

Fri., Feb. 13, 8 p.m., 2009

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