Spaghetti, Smithson, Dramatic Reading of ‘The Flamethrowers’ Tonight in L.A.

(Courtesy Simon & Schuster)

(Courtesy Simon & Schuster)

It’s apparently a big day for items about Los Angeles and food over here at the offices of The New York Observer. This one has both. Tonight at 7:30 p.m. there’s going to be a dramatic reading of Rachel Kushner’s new book The Flamethrowers in Los Angeles at 356 S. Mission Road, the huge warehouse space that artist Laura Owens is using to show her gigantic and beautiful new paintings and host various events. The readers include Alex Israel, Stanya Kahn and others. There’s also a spaghetti dinner!

Everyone seems to agree that The Flamethrowers, which is set in and around the Soho art world of the 1970s is a pretty good book. (My colleague Michael H. Miller profiled Ms. Kushner for The Observer‘s Spring Arts Preview last month.)

There’s more! The organizers write in their e-mail invitation:

Stay after the reading and spaghetti for a screening of Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson’s hilarious short film “EAST COAST/ WEST COAST

Really wish I was in L.A. right now.

RSVP to rsvp at 356million dot com if you’re planning to attend.