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Thursday, May 5

Sci-Fest LA

ACME Theatre

135 N. LaBrea Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036

8:00pm

(LOS ANGELES, CA MAY 5-29) – SCI-FEST L.A., the Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival, the first of its kind worldwide, returns for the third year to Hollywood’s Acme Theatre (135 N. LaBrea Ave) from May 5 - 29.

Co-founded by veteran theatre producers, Michael Blaha and Lee Costello, and actor, David Dean Bottrell (Mad Men, Boston Legal), SCI-FEST L.A.: The Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival debuted in May of 2014 to sold-out houses and critical acclaim with NPR describing is as “a chilling freakout,” and LA Weekly saying it’s “a nod to the storytelling tradition that live theater embodies so well…science fiction is no longer a stranger to LA stages.”

For the third amazing year, Sci-Fest will transport audiences to undiscovered dimensions. The 2016 line-up of mini-masterpieces, includes pieces written by legendary musician Janis Ian, esteemed author Neil Gaiman, master of horror Clive Barker and directed by acclaimed theatre and television director Gloria Muzio.

Sci-Fest LA’s mission is to produce an annual festival of new, beautifully realized, visually compelling sci-fi one-act plays featuring many well-known actors from beloved sci-fi and fantasy franchises and to create new Sci-Fi-themed literature and entertainment.

Bottrell recognizes that much of the success of the festival is also due largely in part to the cultural heritage that the Sci-Fi genre holds right here in LA.

“I think a big part of why we sell out is that LA has such a rich Sci-Fi history. It’s not only the hometown of Ray Bradbury, but it was LA’s TV and film industry that transformed Sci-Fi from pulp to the billion dollar global industry it is today. We love celebrating that heritage every year.”

Tickets go on sale for $26 each starting April 7, 2016 through May 29, 2016) and can be purchased through the festival’s website. For more information and to buy tickets, please go to http://www.sci-fest.com/

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Lucius

Fonda Theatre

6126 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

9:00pm

What a difference three years makes. Lucius went from being the five-piece Rolling Stone claimed was the Best Band youve never heard ofto the group you cant get enough of.

Fronted by the sleek and compelling look-alike twosome of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig and backed by their counterpart bandmates Dan Molad, Pete Lalish and Andy Burri, Lucius spent more than 250 days on the road in the past year. Theyve sold out shows big and small, headlined all over the US and Europe, played slots at Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, End of The Road, Reading and Leeds Festivals and more and shared the stage with a variety of musicians including Roger Waters, Jack White, Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Sara Bareilles, The Head and the Heart, Tegan and Sara and David Byrne.

The bands uphill ascent began when Jess and Holly crossed paths while at college in Boston; more than 10 years ago, Lucius started making music and hasnt stopped since. Along the way theyve become NPR darlings, grist for Britains prestigious Guardian and favorites of the Nobel-prize winning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. Since the critically acclaimed release of their 2013 debut LP Wildewoman they have built a stunningly loyal following, and share an intimate bond with their fans. Its not uncommon to see Lucius doppelgängers in the crowd.

Sitting with Jess and Holly to discuss the bands sonically-grand and emotionally-honest sophomore release Good Grief, the first thing that strikes you when you meet the frontwomen of Lucius is how fine-boned and delicate they both are. But even more striking is that they dont actually look alike once you see them offstage. Their builds are markedly different: Jess is curvy, with a generous mouth and eyes that tilt up at the corners; Holly is willowy and angular, serious and with the pale complexion that conjures up the image of a Nordic princess...

 

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Friday, May 6

EXTRA at Universal Studios Hollywood: Jenna Dewan Tatum

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9:30am

EXTRA kicks off its new slate of events with Mario Lopez and co-hosts Charissa Thompson & Tracey Edmonds at Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A., bringing the latest breaking news from the worlds of entertainment, pop culture, politics and lifestyle to millions of viewers daily. 

EXTRA films in front of a live audience. Mario, Charissa and Tracey will broadcast from a variety of locations throughout Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk.

Jenna Dewan Tatum 9:30 AM (tentative) (Globe)

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Slacker

Cinefamily

611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA

7:30pm

Live Set from DJ Totally Abuse

35mm print courtesy of the Sundance Collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive

Before A Scanner Darkly and Dazed and Confused, there was Slacker: Richard Linklater’s made-on-a-microbudget filmmaking debut. To describe it as “slice of life” would be a serious injustice; it’s more like that fly on the wall took ‘shrooms and went for a buzz around town, viewing the mythically weird Austin, Texas through an ADD-riddled, psychonautic lens. Behind the initial facade of mundane city action and eccentric characters, the camera becomes an omnipotent “eye in the sky,” flitting between deep explorations of daily life and easy distractibility—including breaks in the fourth wall—in what is now considered hallmark Linklater style.

The perfect close to our Underground USA series (stick around for the after-party!), Slacker is pure, early-90s grunge metropolitanism, so gritty, so adherent to reveling in the vivid and complex lives of strangers, that it holds a place as one of our favorite indie flicks. Besides, who can forget the scene about Madonna’s pap smear?

Dir. Richard Linklater, 1991, 35mm, 1991

 

- See more at: http://www.cinefamily.org/films/underground-usa-indie-cinema-of-the-80s/...

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KVELERTAK

Fonda Theatre

6126 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

8:00pm

Since the release of Kvelertak’s eponymous debut album in 2010, the band have traversed the globe playing over 500 shows in 4 continents over the last 4 years, and picking up three Norwegian Grammy’s (Spellemann awards). They have supported Converge, Foo Fighters, Mastodon, Metallica, Kiss, and most recently Anthrax and Slayer on a European wide tour. 

The critical acclaim for this first record saw the band labeled “the best Norwegian debut album of all time” by Norwegian rock authority Asbjørn Slettemark and “the best Norwegian band since A-Ha” by Simon Young of Kerrang, the album delivered near perfect marks from magazine reviews across Europe, US and Australia: 

9/10 Metal Hammer (UK), 8.5/10 Terrorizer (UK), 88/100 Aardschok (NL), 4/5 Kerrang! (UK), 4/5 MetalSucks (US), 9/10 Decibel (US), 9/10 Rock Hard (DE), 4/5 Zero Tolerance (AUS). 

This worldwide acclaim and success is made all the more remarkable by the fact that the band, unlike most rock band that succeed internationally, they sing in Norwegian. 

For their second release, Meir, in March 2013, the band set up their own label, Wørld Recørds, to produce the album and then licenced it to major label partners – Sony in the Scandinavian region and RoadRunner Records for the rest of the world. 

The second album received even greater acclaim both in Norway and around the world, debuting at #1 on the Norwegian album charts. The band increased their touring base in North America, as well as sold out European and Nordic headline tours (2 nights at Rockefeller) – including 21 Norwegian shows. 

Meir received album of the week reviews in every major rock publication around the world, and filled the end of year polls in mainstream as well as specialist media. 

Highlights included: #2 on SPIN’s Metal Albums of 2013, #2 on Rolling Stones Best Metal Albums of 2013, Rolling Stones 27 Best album’s you didn’t hear, New York Times Best Song of 2013 list, #15 on Stereogum’s Best Albums of 2013 (all genres), #4 on Revolver’s album of the year. 

The band is currently working on their third album for release in Spring 2016 and will be touring around the world to support the album from April 2016.

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