Bonsoir, mortals! Your friend, the Drunken Devil, is delving into a different type of territory with a brand-new, theatrical dining experience: To Live and Di(n)e in LA. This special event will be part of Think Tank Gallery’s latest art show, Drinkin’, Smokin’, and West Coastin’ – billed as a "group love/hate letter to the city," with a creative take by local event producers each night.
To Live and Di(n)e in LA is an intimate, 45-person supper club, where guests will sit down for dinner with the ghosts of the most infamous figures in Los Angeles’ true crime history, as they navigate the city’s sordid past through cuisine, cocktails, and cabaret-type performances.
“While we’ve had such great success with our past parties, Bloody Gras and Curse of the Jungle Drums, I want to return to my roots by providing something much smaller and much more sinister than anything we’ve produced as a company,” says Matt Dorado, the Creator and Executive Producer of Drunken Devil. “I’ve been craving the opportunity to produce a dining experience, and I think this will be a phenomenal first entry for the company.”
In To Live and Di(n)e in LA, guests will sit down for dinner with the dead, as they come face-to-face with Elizabeth Short, better known as the Black Dahlia; Harvey Glatman, infamously nicknamed the “Glamour Girl Slayer” for his harrowing methods of killing aspiring young models in the late 1950’s; Susan Atkins, one of the most prominent members of the Manson Family (although Charles will not appear, his ominous presence will be noticeable throughout the event); and Richard Ramirez, also known as the “Night Stalker,” who terrorized suburban Los Angeles for years.
The menu will be created by Felix Barron, executive chef of KTCHNLA. Each course will be based off of a different figure and different era, with thematically appropriate cocktails paired to each dish. “For example, as you sip cocktails and enjoy hors d'oeuvres inspired by the Black Dahlia and frenzy of the city circa 1947, you’ll be mingling with Elizabeth Short and a host of characters from that time period. Then, you’ll sit down for the first course and find yourself in 1958, as Harvey Glatman’s story unfolds before you,” says Dorado. “The food interweaves with the theatrical and interactive elements, creating an entirely unique narrative.”
In between courses, guests will experience dark burlesque, performance art and more that will help guide the the story. “Theatrical, cabaret-type performances are integral to the Drunken Devil experience, and we have a number of eye-popping acts that we’re excited to bring to the event,” Dorado says.
To Live and Di(n)e in LA is the first in what Dorado hopes to be a recurring series. “My goal is to have this show serve as a launching point for us to produce more intimate, terror-tinged experiences, bringing the distinct horror edge of Drunken Devil to the dinner table.”
Guests will be required to sign a waiver of consent, as some of the interactive moments may involve contact with actors. Audience members should also note that To Live and Di(n)e in LA explores mature subject matter including violence and disturbing sexual content.
The event will take place at Think Tank Gallery, 939 S Maple Ave, Los Angeles, 90014, on Thursday, September 21, 2017. The show begins with a cocktail hour at 7:00pm. Tickets are $165.00 each and include the four-course meal, cocktails, and performances. Only 45 tickets are available. 21+.