611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA
The most untamed hallucinogenic freakout ever funded by a Hollywood studio, Ken Russell’s Altered States is an undiluted arthouse trip that still delivers crazed grindhouse thrills. Research scientist Eddie Jessup (an intense William Hurt, in his film debut) seeks ultimate truth in an obsessive study that combines sensory deprivation and powerful psychotropic drugs. But will he push too far when the subject is himself? Pushing himself in a singular direction unseen in his body of work either before or after, Russell fuses a dense screenplay by Paddy Chayevsky (Network) and his trademark visual style of dazzling excess with 2001: A Space Odyssey’s sound-and-light extravaganza and a Jodorowsky-esque mystical sheen, exploring both spirituality and the common bond of man as psychosexual body horror. Far from being mere pseudo-intellectual beard-stroking (although co-star Bob Balaban sports a forest’s worth of impressive facial hair here), Altered States is bizarre, exhilarating and waaaaay far out.
Dir. Ken Russell, 1980, 102 min.
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA
Ann Kirschner presents her biography of Josephine Marcus Earp, a Jewish woman from New York who became the common-law wife of famed lawman and gambler Wyatt Earp.
Lady at the O.K. Corral uncovers conflicts and questions about American history dramatized in Josephine’s story: the end of the real American frontier and the rise of its mythology; the seismic shifts in public attitudes toward prostitution, gambling, and alcohol; and the untold stories of the fearless women who helped develop the American frontier. A book signing follows the program.
357 North La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036
6:00pm to 9:00pm
A formidable exhibition of sculpture, paintings and works on paper by this major 20th century Latin American artist. Through his now iconic works, Zuniga celebrate the female form as a heroic elemental force. This exhibition follows museum tributes at the Ernst Barlach Stiftung, Germany and Mexico’s Museo Nacional de Arte.
6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Marilyn Monroe, Lack Lemmon and Tony Curtis star in the Billy Wilder comedy classic. Two men disguise themselves as women and join an all girls jazz band to hide from the mob. Marilyn plays the drop dead gorgeous singer who tempts them to give up their disguises.