The artwork for Hot Tubs, a new documentary about the glory days of Santa Barbara hot tub scene, is hypnotic in the way that all old photographs are. The film lends the scene a quality that digital can't match and the arrangement of all those bodies in the hot tub is only just unsettling. You feel like you could disappear into the image, much in the same way that you can disappear into the music of Boards of Canada, the electronic outfit that frequently samples old-school nature documentaries.

In Hot Tubs the viewer gets a glimpse of the bohemian Mountain Drive community, a legendary destination for artists from Jack Kerouac to Jimi Hendrix. The lore and imagery surrounding Hot Tubs promises great weirdness.

Thursday, following the screening at the Bootleg Theater, filmmaker/guitarist Gabe Rosenn and his band will perform selections from the film inspired by Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, the Meters, Foghat, and KISS. The music will be accompanied by a Visions of Light multimedia show.

Hot Tubs (2010)
Thursday, April 28
7 p.m.
Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles
Tickets $10