The first-ever Death Salon is being held in Los Angeles on Saturday. A gathering of writers, artists, academics, and death professionals -- read morticians -- the Death Salon aims to look at the rituals, practices and fascination with death from many angles.
The Death Salon began Friday and continues from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday with a series of mini-lectures and panel discussions from writers and performers including Colin Dickey, author of "Cranioklepty"; Caitlin Doughty, author of "Ask a Mortician"; Evan Michaelson from the television show "Oddities"; Paul Koudounaris, author of "The Empire of Death: A Cultural
After the morning's discussion and screenings that explore the interstices of art and medicine, culture and death, there will be a break for lunch at 1 p.m. -- if you're hungry.
The afternoon's events begin at 2 with a panel discussion about saints and mortification of the flesh, followed by a lecture on fin de siècle Parisian death-themed cabarets and a cocktail party featuring re-creations of their classic drinks.
Organizers held more academic-focused discussions Friday that were open to registrants only. They plan to make the Death Salon an annual event, held in the UK in 2014 and Cleveland in 2015.