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Wednesday, July 8

Hammer Lectures: The Promises and Perils of Postwar Black Los Angeles

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

7:30pm

In 1964, an Urban League survey ranked Los Angeles as the most desirable city for African Americans to live in. In 1965, the city burst into flames during one of the worst race riots in the nation's history. How the city came to such a pass — embodying both the best and worst of what urban America offered black migrants from the South — is the story told by Dr. Josh Sides, the Whitsett Professor of California History at California State University, Northridge. Sides offers a clear-eyed and compelling look at black struggles for equality in L.A.'s neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces from the Great Depression to the present.

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THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

7:30pm

From the opening whistle-and-whipcrack theme to the final images of a vast cemetery stretching almost to infinity, THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY is surely one of the bloodiest, funniest and most wickedly entertaining portraits of human corruption ever made. Leone’s surreal masterpiece of the American West during the last days of the Civil War follows a trio of equally violent and unrepentant gunslingers (Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef) who engage in a jaw-dropping series of double and triple crosses to get their hands on a fortune in stolen Confederate gold.

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A Poem Is A Naked Person (OPENING NIGHT: LEON RUSSELL IN PERSON)

Cinefamily

611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA

7:30pm

(JULY 8) Declared by more than one critic the best rock documentary ever made, yet unreleased for over 40 years, the late Les Blank’s first feature is a portrait of Oklahoma rocker Leon Russell at the height of his influence — just off of Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour and George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh. In between rollicking concert footage from Austin’s fabled Armadillo World Headquarters and the studio sessions for Hank Wilson’s Back, Vol. I, his LP of country standards showcasing some of Nashville’s finest, we get a transcendent George Jones, a clean-shaven Willie Nelson, a dust-up with folkie Eric Anderson that rivals the Dylan/Donovan throwdown in Don’t Look Back and tons of Blank’s signature Americana (Pentecostal churches, building demolitions, hippie weddings and Lone Star surrealist Jim Franklin feeding mice to his pet snake). Blank’s son Harrod brokered an armistice after his father’s passing, and the re-mastered, streamlined result is a revelation. Recently asked at SXSW why he’d kept it out of circulation all these years, the white-haired Russell replied, “I really can’t remember.”
Dir. Les Blank, 1974, DCP, 90 min. - See more at: http://www.cinefamily.org/films/a-poem-is-a-naked-person/#sthash.F3077r4...

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Russell Howard

El Rey Theatre

5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 95928

8:00pm

Russell Howard is one of the UK's most successful comedians. His 2011 sell-out arena tour Right Here, Right Now played to more than 300,000 fans including three sold out dates at the 15,000 seater O2 Arena. He returned to the stage in 2014 with his latest arena tour, Wonderbox, including four shows at the Royal Albert Hall and a string of international dates.

Russell is the writer and star of BBC Three's most successful entertainment show Russell Howard's Good News. The 8th series began in Spring 2013; since its debut in 2009 cumulative ratings have grown from 1.7 million a week to a peak of over 5 million. The success of the show saw it move to BBC Two in 2014.

Russell has released four bestselling live stand-up DVDs: Russell Howard Live (2008), Russell Howard Live: Dingledodies (2009), Right Here, Right Now (2011) and Wonderbox (2014). He has now sold over 700,000 DVDs and has been in the top 5 DVD comedy chart across all his stand-up titles. 

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