On Sunday afternoon we attended a birthday party at Bob Baker's Marionette Theater for an adult! Greg Escalante, owner of Copro Art Gallery in Santa Monica threw himself a party at this landmark theater for kids of all ages.
Most of the artists associated with Copro Gallery are of the Low-Brow persuasion, otherwise known as pop-surrealism. Well, putting a bunch of animator-type artists together with vintage marionette puppets was a match made in heaven! Everyone was groovin' on the wild costumes, backgrounds and low-tech vibe at the theater. The show we saw was called "Something to Crow About," which like all shows at the Theater, was a musical review, this one featuring barnyard animals, flowers, fruits and vegetable characters. From Bob Baker's website: Come join Mama and Papa Goat and 100 more of the world famous Bob Baker Marionettes for a musical “Day on the Farm” you will never forget. Everything from dancing scarecrows to tap dancing bullfrogs warbling “Shine On Harvest Moon”, “Something To Crow About” is guaranteed to put a smile on children of all ages!
Some of the music harkened back to the 1930's! I recognized a Betty Boop song! Wow! The kids that were in the audience were enthralled. It doesn't take high-tech electronics and special effects to amuse people. A simple song and dance with great costumes and minimal lighting was enough to make this an enjoyable and adorable show!
After the show the audience shuffled into the party room for a BBQ lunch, ice cream and birthday cake. It was rather refreshing to go to a vintage, kid-like party for a change. Why don't we all book our birthday parties at Bob Baker's Marionette Theater? So much fun!
More photos here.