Among the many influential contributions of the world-famous community of artists and writers from the genius, sunny fringe of American arts and letters that was Venice Beach in the late '70s and early '80s, we will no longer forget to count WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing. A sort of pet project among artists, writers, and innovative graphic designers, the periodical fundamentally celebrated the culture of spas, hot springs, mud baths and the like — with regular excursions into the adjacent realms of written and visual culture. Part conceptual exercise, part art project, and part inside joke, its love of natural luxury was completely serious, as was its impact on new wave design and subsequent purveyors of Postmodern publishing from Ray Gun to Interview. Now a new book celebrates the archive and inspiration for the undertaking, chronicling its inception and execution in a compendium of images and words of highlights and previously unpublished materials that looks not only at its accomplishments but at its legacy. Hot mud not included. La Luz de Jesus, 4633 Hollywood Blvd.; Wed, March 28, 6-9 p.m.; free. (323) 663-0122.

Wed., March 28, 6-9 p.m., 2012

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