On a recent night in downtown LA, Evan Hagen holds up one of his clear, handmade, oil-projector slides to the lamp in his bedroom. The long hours spent prepping for the final days of the first festival he created are evident in his tired eyes. Wearing a purple hoodie and blue jeans, he sits cross-legged on orange, shag carpet as he rotates the disc-shaped slide slowly in his palms. Within it, globs of viscous yellow and blue paint clash and coagulate as though blooming puddles of rainbow spit. These custom-made discs, he says, are part of what make the shows he throws with Thief Presents—his LA/OC production company—unique among all the laser-light bullshit you... More >>>