366 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90048
Literary Death Match
To celebrate our 9th birthday, we're putting on a show at Largo at the Coronet with enough award-winning talent to take us another nine years — all the way to 2024! Come witness the high highs, the still pretty high lows and all the dramatic turns (mostly of phrase) in between! Preorder now, as this one's going to sell out (hopefully in a jiff)!
What is Literary Death Match? Four writers read their own work for seven minutes or less, and are then judged by three all-star judges. Two finalists are chosen to compete in the Literary Death Match finale, a vaguely-literary game to decide the ultimate winner.
Literary Merit: Jason Reitman, award-winning writer/director of Up in the Air, Juno and Labor Day
Performance: Rhys Darby, comedian and actor in Flight of the Conchords & Netflix's Short Poppies
Intangibles: Whitney Cummings, comedian (download I Love You on iTunes!), co-creator of 2 Broke Girls
* Baratunde Thurston, best-selling author (How to Be Black), co-host (TakePart Live), CEO (Cultivated Wit)
* Kseniya Melnik, author of the Dylan Thomas Prize and Frank O'Connor Award-nominated Snow in May
* Carson Mell, writer for HBO's Silicon Valley and Eastbound & Down, author of Saguaro
* M.G. Lord, award-winning author of Forever Barbie, Astro Turf and The Accidental Feminist
At 36, trumpeter Roy Hargrove has firmly established himself as among the premier players in jazz and beyond. Ever-stretching into more challenging and colorful ways to flex his musical chops, Hargrove has left indelible imprints in a vast array of artful settings. During his tenure on the Verve label alone, he has recorded an album with a hand-picked collection of the world’s greatest tenor saxophonists (With the Tenors of Our Time), an album of standards with strings (Moment to Moment) and, in 2003, introduced his own hip hop/jazz collective The RH Factor with the groundbreaking CD Hard Groove (swiftly followed by the limited edition EP, Strength). Hargrove has also won Grammy® Awards for two vastly different projects. In 1997, Roy’s Cuban-based band Crisol (including piano legend Jesus “Chucho” Valdes and wonder drummer Horatio “El Negro” Hernandez) won the Best Latin Jazz Performance Grammy for the album Habana. And in 2002, Hargrove, Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker won Best Instrumental Jazz Album, Individual or Group, for their three-way collaboration Directions in Music.
5574 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, 90038
After returning from a 3 month arena tour with the multi platinum rock group Trans Siberian Orchestra, Phillip Brandon is back! He will be performing with 'The Band' Live for the first time in 2015 at Pour Vous in Hollywood. This show will be free in appreciation to all of their amazing supporters. 2015 has already started off as a fantastic year for Phillip and he's just getting warmed up. This is definitely a show not to be missed!
611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA
The outlandish rumors behind the making of the 1996 sci-fi/horror mish-mosh The Island of Dr. Moreau are the stuff of legend: a brilliant Young Turk director who, after being fired at the end of the first day of shooting, clandestinely sneaking back onto the set disguised as a “mutant animal” extra; actress Fairuza Balk fleeing across Australia to try and escape the scene; Marlon Brando insisting on appearing in whiteface and demanding that the world’s tiniest living human become his co-star; Val Kilmer living up to the hype of his (ahem) reputation. David Gregory’s new doc reveals a true story far more nutz than those mostly-true rumors, and shows how gifted filmmaker Richard Stanley’s vision was blown to pieces by an unreal conflagration of epically bad decisions, torrential weather, giant battling egos, clueless studio suits and bizarre group behavior — to become one of the most magnificently derailed production tales in Hollywood history. A Cinefamily staff favorite, this is a must-see for all fans of behind-the-scenes movie madness.