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Rooftop Cinema: Desolation Center
August 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
In the early 1980s the Los Angeles punk rock community ventured out into the Mojave Desert to escape police harassment. Desolation Center documents a series of music and art performance happenings that later inspired alternative music festivals like Burning Man, Lollapalooza, and Coachella. Director Stuart Swezey, a principal impresario behind the events, has collected interviews and rare performance footage of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Swans, Redd Kross, Einstürzende Neubauten, Survival Research Laboratories, Savage Republic and more. Desolation Center won Audience Awards at the SF Indiefest and Chicago Underground Film Festival.