The Hollywood Rock Academy considers itself “more a school of free thought than a school of rock” where students are judged on creative expression rather than how well they play Grateful Dead covers. With Saturday afternoon mid-term exams at the Knitting Factory and student band names like Private Wasabi and Razorblade, HRA produces the most adorable – and undeniably badass – hope for the future of music.
But this amped up fundraiser isn’t for the school itself – tuition takes care of their West Los Angeles base camp – but for the Hollywood Rock Academy Foundation, an accompanying non-profit that takes the school’s ethos to children’s hospitals and elementary schools and supports scholarships for those who can’t afford HRA’s signature afterschool program.
So not only is tomorrow’s screening an opportunity to watch the ’80s hair metal mockumentary that inspired countless others to use its format (think Best in Show and Drop Dead Gorgeous), but you will also be graced with a Spinal Tap tribute band of HRA students, a not-to-scale Stonehenge replica and – for those willing to shell out $111 – a “tapped out” goody bag filled with a DVD of the movie and tickets to the after party; all for a good cause.
Show your student ID to get a discount on regular admission ($25) and use the extra money to buy some leather vests because all attendees are encouraged to dress up and sing along (or they’re gonna have to send you back to bitch school).
Westwood Crest Theatre is located at 1262 Westwood Blvd., Westwood. For more information, hollywoodrockacademy.com.