This Weekend - REDCAT International Children's Film Festival 2010:

Day One - Saturday February 27th

Now in its fifth year, this audience favorite offers a treasure trove of cinematic delights for film goers of all ages. Five days feature more than a dozen programs that bring wondrous animation, exhilarating live action, rarely shown classics, and highlights from Cinemagic, Belfast. The festival also includes a very special Nickelodeon Family Fun Day.

Festival Programs by Date: | Feb 28 | Mar 1 | Mar 6 | Mar 7

12 PM


This fast-paced program takes audiences on a whirlwind trip around the world with films that are musical, moving, funny and full of adventure.

  • Head Dwellers Mária Boros, Hungary
  • Nappy Heads Sabrina Moella, Canada
  • For a Fistful of Snow Julien Ezri, Switzerland
  • The Mouse That Soared Kyle Bell, USA
  • Hello Antenna Veronika Samartseva and Anna Samoylovich, Germany
  • Betty—The Doll Anna Guldager, Sweden
  • Crane and Digger Leonore Poth, Germany
  • The Moth and the Firefly Daniel Stedman and Aron Epstein, USA
  • Getting Dad Hailey Bartholomew, Australia
  • The King of the Island Raimondo Della Calce, Italy
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@ REDCAT - The West Coast Premiere of Teatro en el Blanco: Diciembre

Now thru February 27

Teatro en el Blanco: Diciembre

From the roiling imagination of Chilean writer-director Guillermo Calderón comes this politically charged, haunting drama about a near-future war in the Andes. Peppered with surprising doses of pitch-black comedy, Diciembre takes place in Santiago on Christmas Eve 2014 with the city besieged by Peruvian forces. Young soldier Jorge returns home on a 24-hour leave to celebrate the holiday with his pregnant twin sisters, who each have sharply different views on nationalism and the morality of war. One wants Jorge to defect, the other demands he return to the fight. Jorge, however, has his own take on the matter. Smartly produced by his dynamic Santiago-based company Teatro en el Blanco (“Theater on Target”), Calderón’s play strips away ostentatious theatrical conceit for us to hear clearly the terror knocking at the door. Featuring Paula Zúñiga, Trinidad González and Jorge Becker. Performed in Spanish with English supertitles.

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Saturday 2.27 @ The Egyptian Theater

The Da Camera Society Presents:

Paragon Ragtime Orchestra: CLOWN PRINCES:

L. A. Debut!

An irresistible blend of music, architecture and film, this concert joins the leading exponents of turn-of-the-century American popular music, a classic Hollywood movie palace and silent films from Hollywood's princes of comedy. Film shorts by Buster Keaton ("The Play House," 1921), Harold Lloyd ("Get Out and Get Under," 1920) and Charlie Chaplin ("Behind the Screen," 1916) are played with the original scores by a regulation orchestra of the period. Conductor Rick Benjamin. "The music is incomparably sweet and stirring. And Rick Benjamin, who founded and conducts the PRO, is a musician of wit and sensibility.

Docents will be on hand throughout the afternoon to speak about the theater and its unique place in the history of Hollywood. This concert is sponsored by Eric & Nancy Garen and is made possible in part by a grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.

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FRIDAY 2.26 @ The Norton Simon in Pasadena

GAZE:: Portraits of Artists and Composers

As Jawlensky, Klee and other artists challenged tradition with their unique approaches to portrait painting, composers such as Scriabin and Hindemith experimented in their own creations. Pianist Polli Chambers-Salazar presents a program focusing on selected works from Gaze: Portraiture after Ingres and on the music being composed during the same time period. Dr. Chambers-Salazar performs a variety of piano works from the early 20th century and discusses the interconnections among the artists and composers who transformed the landscape in their respective fields.

Friday, February 26, 2010
7p - 8p

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Go See - The WOOSTER GROUP : North Atlantic w/ Frances McDormand Now @ REDCAT

The Wooster Group: North Atlantic

Los Angeles premiere

Now thru 2.21.10

Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte Featuring Ari Fliakos, Frances McDormand, Scott Shepherd, Kate Valk, and special guest artists Steve Cuiffo, Koosil-ja Hwang, Paul Lazar, Zachary Oberzan, Jenny Seastone-Stern and Maura Tierney.

North Atlantic takes a satiric look at the role of the military and the growing influence of technology in American culture during the late Cold War period, after Vietnam and before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The story follows an international peacekeeping force on an aircraft carrier in the North Atlantic, tracing the cultural and sexual dynamics that rise to the fore as they carry out their top-secret mission. Written expressly for the company by James Strahs in 1982, North Atlantic joined a series of Wooster Group works rooted in American themes and told in the rhythms of the American vernacular—works based on texts by Thornton Wilder, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, and Gertrude Stein. A nostalgia piece, it brings the analog (pre-digital) 1980s to life through slang, song and dance. Photo courtesy of Paula Court

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Friday NIght 2.12 @ the BOOTLEG - Chicago Underground Duo

Chicago Underground Duo has been part of a new generation of music improvisers that emerged in Chicago in the 1990’s. Their live shows have often been described as astounding. “Percussionist Chad Taylor and cornet player Rob Mazurek are the Chicago Underground Duo. Since the Chicago Underground collective expands or contracts with each project, they’re also two-thirds of the Chicago Underground Trio and half of the Chicago Underground Quartet. Born in the 1990s out of the fertile Chicago improv scene, the group has, in its various permutations, produced a consistently excellent body of recorded music that mixes large amounts of improvisation with electronica, sampling, and a vast assortment of world music influences that are always organically absorbed and never self-consciously imitated.

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Wednesday 2.10. @ the HAMMER - Conversations with Bruce Eric Kaplan (BEK) & Dan Savage

Bruce Eric Kaplan (BEK) & Dan Savage
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the Hammer welcomes two keen observers of human relationships. Bruce Eric Kaplan (also known as BEK) has been a cartoonist for The New Yorker for almost 20 years and is the author of The Cat That Changed My Life, Every Person on the Planet, Edmund and Rosemary Go to Hell, and his latest, I Love You, I Hate You, I'm Hungry. Kaplan was also a writer/producer for Seinfeld and Six Feet Under, where he was executive producer for the last three seasons. Dan Savage is a journalist, political pundit, frequent contributor to NPR’s This American Life, and the author of The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family and The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant. He is the editorial director for the Seattle newsweekly The Stranger and his syndicated sex-advice column “Savage Love” appears in newspapers in the U.S., Canada, Asia, and Europe.

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Tickets are required, and are available at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office one hour prior to start time. Limit one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required.

Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6p

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Saturday 2.20 - Delicious Vinyl All Stars DJ workshop

Starting this month, Delicious Vinyl will be hosting a monthly workshop and demonstration event for aspiring DJs, producers and moguls. Located at Freak City, a collective storefront on 6613 Sunset Blvd. blocks from the heart of Hollywood, the All Stars Workshop will be a forum for DJs, musicians and engineers to come together and share new techniques and ideas.

In attendance will be West Coast Turntablist DJ M.Walk one of the LEGENDS from the Original 1580 KDAY Mix Masters. A true DJ and Producer, M.Walk started on the turntables at age 12 in Compton, Ca. By the time he was 16, he was on the only hip hop radio station in the nation 1580 KDAY. He was the youngest DJ in the crew as a Junior in high school. He was the first to play Tone Loc's "On Fire" on KDAY and M.Walk later toured with Tone worldwide later with MC Hammer and The Pharcyde.

Also in attendance will be Arabian Prince aka Professor X from NWA and Tony G.of TurntableU.

The Workshop is FREE all you have to do is RSVP . Participants will be encouraged to showcase techniques, secrets, tweaks, mods and collaborate whenever possible.

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Czech New Wave Series Starts Tonight:


Daisies is a bubbling and buoyant spring of irrepressible female creativity; it is an overflowing audio-visual bouquet of color, music, and texture; it is a freewheeling and effervescent farce, a formal free-for-all, a paradoxical mixture of bourgeois indulgence and cultural critique, and it's your next favorite movie. Two young Czech girls (both named Marie) decide that the world is so corrupt that they might as well join in, and they do so with wild abandon -- prancing, food-fighting, pranking old men, carousing in nightclubs, and creating anarchy everywhere they go. Director Vera Chytilova's love of cinema's potential is both playful and palpable, as exuberant as the spirit of the two "daisies" whose misadventures have surprising weight and meaning. Banned upon its release by the Czech government, Daisies has become a major cult favorite thanks to its dazzling setpieces, the charismatic and fashionable art-girl heroines, and an infectious sense of fun that's as potent today as it was when it first premiered behind the Iron Curtain.

Dir. Věra Chytilová, 1966, 35mm, 74 min.

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TONIGHT! Hammer Closing Party for - The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb's Book of Genesis -

Hammer Bash!


Don't miss your last chance to see The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb's Book of Genesis! Musical performance by Janet Klein and the Parlor Boys including Robert Armstrong and Tom Marion from The Cheap Suit Serenaders.

Galleries open late. Cash bar.

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HOWARD ZINN Tribute at Santa Monica Museum of Art Thursday 2.4.

Thursday, February 4, 8p

A Collection of Ideas... A Tribute to Howard Zinn

Selected clips from Howard Zinn's new documentary, The People Speak, with special guest Peter Sellars. Using dramatic and musical performances of diaries, letters, and speeches by everyday Americans, The People Speak gives voice to those who valiantly spoke up for social change throughout U.S. history. Produced by Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Chris Moore, Anthony Arnove, and Zinn, The People Speak illustrates the magnitude of these passionate historical moments and reminds us never to take liberty for granted.

*Note: Program Change: Howard Zinn was due to speak at SMMoA about his new documentary, The People Speak. Following Zinn's death on Wednesday, January 27, the event has become a tribute to this remarkable man and his work.

The event is now full.
A stand-by line will open at 7p; seating is not guaranteed. Admission $25; $10 SMMoA members. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Educational Fund of The People Speak, a charitable initiative which brings this powerful documentary into schools and communities free-of-charge.

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