The World Stage Performance Gallery returns to the Ford to recognize local jazz legend Billy Higgins. A LA native, Higgins was a jazz drummer who mostly played free jazz and hard bop, with more than 700 recordings to his credit. Higgins’ profound contribution to the Los Angeles arts community lives on in the work of the musicians he instructed and inspired. Performances by former students and jazz notables will honor Higgins’ prolific career.
611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA
As a YouTube culture, we’re inundated with the “supercut”: the cutting together of disparate clips to observe a trope, a theme or an overwhelming feeling. The sugar rush of a great supercut can be fantastic, but nothing compares to the seismic, stimulating and lasting wave of brainfood that is Thom Andersen’s legendary 2003 essay film Los Angeles Plays Itself, comprised entirely of clips from films shot on location in our fair city. This is a trip that ALL Angelenos, whether you’re new to the Southland or whether you’re born-and-raised, should absolutely take. Over its three-hour running time, Andersen (a long-running faculty member of CalArts’ cinema studies program) zig-zags from classics to (then-)new releases, from forgotten obscurities to iconic list-toppers, from foreign viewpoints to local heroes — all tied together by the themes of how our city’s surroundings are portrayed as background, as character and as subject. Previously only the province of special anniversary screenings and bootleg downloads, Los Angeles Plays Itself comes to the Cinefamily screen in a brand-new HD remaster, ready to be enjoyed for generations to come.
Dir. Thom Andersen, 2003, DCP, 169 min. - See more at: http://www.cinefamily.org/films/los-angeles-plays-itself/#sthash.r5aDoVm...
Los Angeles, CA 90027
British prog rock legends Yes are back on tour, and yes, they're as sharp as ever, having just put the finishing touches on their 21st studio LP Heaven and Earth. In conjunction with the album's 2014 release, the band hits the road for The Heaven and Earth Tour, where they'll treat fans to cuts from the new record, end-to-end performances of seminal LPs Fragile (1971) and Close to the Edge (1972), and an encore of their greatest hits. Sound like all a fan could ever ask for? The answer is Yes.
611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA
This event is also a potluck — given the hour, attendees are encouraged to hit the fast-food drive-thru, and bring fun munchies for everyone!
As Doug Benson and his guest Interrupters have had great fun tackling the big-time live telecasts celebrating achievement in movies, they now set their sights on the annual celebration of achievement in television (and cable. And Netflix, and so on.) A big, crazy wrinkle: this year, the West Coast telecast starts at FIVE P.M. — to give the comfortable, simultaneous time of 8pm to the “more important” East Coasters, we guess. Whatever, we’re gonna have the time of our lives in the afternoon, as Doug & Co. do their thing starting at FOUR P.M., beginning with the Red Carpet coverage. Because the T.V. Interruptions are always more fun with a back patio potluck, we’re gonna do that here too. Since we know a lot of audience members will be coming straight from work, with no time to cook anything at home — that’s why this one’s a DRIVE-THRU POTLUCK. We want everyone to hit a fast food drive-thru, and grab a bag of munchies on their way over. Full bellies while we’re belly-laughing!
NOTE: To help us track attendance, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat.