LA Damn Fine Coffee exhibit is damn fine -- and hot!
This weekend, Los Angeles got her Twin Peaks fix on at the Damn Fine Coffee exhibition, an art display at Meltdown Comics and Collectibles curated by Nico Colaleo. The show features more than 40 artists who produced art work inspired by David Lynch’s iconic 1990s television series “Twin Peaks” and the prequel/sequel film “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.”
The exhibition opened at 7 p.m. Saturday evening with an opening party suitable for any Lynchian fan. The exhibit venue within Meltdown Comics also serves as the Nerdist Showroom – where the Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick, and Nerdist Industries are headquartered.
My husband, our friend Joyce and I arrived early because of my Prussian sense of time. Arriving early allowed us time to peruse Meltdown Comics, which in addition to a large collection of comics, also showcases and sells some impressive posters and art pieces, including a massive zombified Bob's Big Boy.
The Nerdist Showroom opened promptly at 7 p.m., and we were greeted with piles of boxes of Winchell’s donuts, free drinks, and a keyboardist playing Angelo Badalamenti, and lots and lots of the color red. The open bar featured Twin Peaks inspired drinks, including The Laura Palmer (lemonade, pineapple juice and vodka on the rocks), Audrey’s Red Hot Punch (Hawaiian punch, pineapple juice and vodka on the rocks), and The Log Lady (Apple Schnapps, bitters and lemonade on the rocks with a cinnamon log garnish).
Did I mention the donuts? They were everywhere. It was a never-ending sugar rush kind of evening. The curator Nico Colaleo wrote on Twitter he ordered 40 dozen donuts from Winchell’s for the event. The keyboardist, dressed in red from neck to heel, played Badalamenti but also branched out into some interpretations of Depeche Mode and Daft Punk, to name a few. The back of the exhibit featured a photo-opportunity: a makeshift set of the Black Lodge complete with red curtains, a Chevron design floor, coffee cup props, a log prop, and a prop of the homecoming photo of Laura Palmer.