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Wednesday, August 31

American Beauty

Ricardo Montalbán Theater

1615 Vine Street, Hollywood, 90028

8:15pm

The masters of al fresco rooftop movie viewing are returning for their second season of screenings on the Montálban's rooftop, and we have the exclusive details. Known for excellent film choices and a steady supply of snacks and booze, Rooftop Film Club is your snazzy, comfortable and less stressful alternative to other outdoor movie screenings. Taking full advantage of the Montálban rooftop's beautiful city view, RFC promises to offer some of the most unique and incredible movie-going opportunities for film lovers throughout April. You don't even need to bring your own blanket or camping chair—Rooftop Film Club provides you with your very own comfy lawn chair, as well as blankets on request for the ultimate cozy experience. And instead of listening to the movie over loudspeakers, you'll get a set of wireless headphones so you never have to miss a word.

The series is packed with a wide selection of audience favorites, kicking things off in April with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on opening night, and hitting up everything from teen movie favorites like Clueless and Dirty Dancing to classics like Casablanca and Sunset Boulevard in the weeks that follow.

The first batch of general admission tickets is on sale now—click the film title below to purchase general admission tickets for $17 (plus a $2 booking fee). Doors open at 6pm each night and all screenings begin at 8pm. See you on the rooftop!

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Thursday, September 1

Alternative Dreams: 17th-Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036

2:00pm

howcasing one of the finest collections of 17th-century Chinese paintings in the United States, Alternative Dreams: 17th-Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection presents works by many of the most famous painters of this period, including scholars, officials, and Buddhist monks.

The 17th century witnessed the fall of the Chinese-ruled Ming dynasty (1368–1644) and the founding of the Manchu-ruled Qing dynasty (1644–1911). It was one of the most turbulent and creative eras in the history of Chinese art. Composed of 130 paintings, the exhibition explores the ways artists of the late Ming and early Qing dynasties used painting, calligraphy, and poetry to create new identities as a means of negotiating the social disruptions that accompanied the fall of the Ming dynasty.

Formed over a period of 50 years by Bay Area collector and dealer Jung Ying Tsao, the collection includes works by Dong Qichang (1555–1636), considered the most versatile Chinese artist of the last 500 years, and major, previously unpublished works by Gong Xian, Fu Shan, Hongren, Bada shanren, Daoji, Wang Hui, and Wang Yuanqi.

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San Pedro 1st Thursday Art Walk: September

Downtown San Pedro

398 W. 6th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731

6:00pm

Since 1996, both locals and cruise-ship tourists from the nearby Port of Los Angeles have flocked to the area to experience San Pedro’s tight-knit artists’ community, impromptu street performances and conversation-worthy art — all classic ingredients for a great art walk. The tour's 30-odd participating galleries include contemporary and textile art.

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Mar Vista Art Walk - Music Edition

The Coffee Connection

Venice Blvd. at Centinela Av., Los Angeles, 90066

6:00pm

Can't make it to Burning Man? Missed Coachella? Check out the Music Edition of popular quarterly FREE fun art-filled event along the 1-mile stretch of Venice Blvd between Inglewood Bl - Beethoven St. Live indie bands, jazz, acoustic, punk, Latin, bluegrass and more! Live street painting. Video, movies and art installations. Food (vegan options). Hip restaurants and more...

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Nashville Unplugged

The Rose

Pasadena, 91101

7:00pm

Have you ever wondered the story behind “Live like You were Dying” for Tim McGraw? Did you know that the songwriter of “Friends in Low Places” actually traded his ownership of that song to pay off a hefty beer tab at a local bar in Nashville before it became a worldwide hit for Garth Brooks?

Introducing, “Nashville Unplugged: The Story behind the Song”, a songwriter in the round show that brings the most successful hit songwriters from Nashville right to you. The intimacy of this all acoustic, impromptu show makes for a highly interactive connection between the songwriters and the audience. No show is ever the same because there is no script or band; just some truth-telling troubadours with guitars in their hands, telling the stories behind some of the world’s greatest songs that they happen to have written.

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Eve Babitz’s Slow Days Fast CompanyCrosher

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

7:00pm

Matthew Specktor discusses and signs Eve Babitz’s Slow Days Fast Company: The World, the Flesh, and L.A. in conversation with Howard Rodman, Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, and artist Zoe Crosher. Here was a time when no one burned hotter than Eve Babitz. Possessing skin that radiated its own kind of moral laws, spectacular teeth, and a figure that was the stuff of legend, she seduced seemingly everyone who was anyone in Los Angeles for a long stretch of the 1960s and 70s. But there was one man who proved elusive, and so Babitz did what she did best, she wrote him a book. She also pulled off a remarkable sleight of hand: Slow Days, Fast Company far exceeds its mash-note premise. It is a full-fledged and full-bodied evocation of a bygone Southern California. In ten sun-baked, Santa Ana wind swept sketches, Babitz re-creates a Los Angeles of movie stars distraught over their success; socialites on three-day drug binges, evading their East Coast banking husbands; soap-opera actors worried that tomorrow s script will kill them off; Italian femme fatales even more fatal than she is. And she even leaves L.A. sometimes, spending an afternoon at the house of flawless Orange County suburbanites, a day among the grape pickers of the Central Valley, a weekend in Palm Springs where her dreams of romance fizzle and her only solace is Virginia Woolf. In the end it doesn’t matter if Babitz ever gets the guy she seduces us. (New York Review of Books)

Novelist and screenwriter, Matthew Specktor wrote the introduction for this edition of Slow Days Fast Company and will be presenting it for us tonight.

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