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Wednesday, March 11

Everything Is Terrible! Legends


611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA


Once a millenium, something emerges from the darkest corner of the universe and enlightens us to the true meaning of being. Something so mystickal, so magickal, and so mind-splitting that all concepts before its existence sounds stupid and boring. Of course, we are talking about Everything Is Terrible! The Legends show is a culmination of the first seven (of 777) years of work from the video alchemists at EIT! These mindfreaks have taken thousands of forgotten VHS tapes, chewed them up, and spit them back to their young via daily website postings, six movies, and world tours. In that time, they’ve exposed us to wonders such as massaging cat ladies, apocalyptic facial exercises, pizzas parties in hell, and our immortal party-god, Duane. Nobody could have predicted the cultural, psychological, and illuminating impact EIT! would have on our consciousness, but seeing all their greatest works chronicled in one place reminds us that in the right hands, garbage can be turned into gold! It is time pack up your copies of Jerry Maguire and accept the fact that your life up until this moment has been pointless. 

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Skirball Center

2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90049


Jayme Monjardim’s Olga is based on the life of German Jewish activist Olga Benário Prestes, wife of revolutionary leader Luís Carlos Prestes.

Persecuted in Germany for her Communist affiliations, Olga went on to become a security escort for Prestes during his attempt to lead a Communist coup in Brazil in 1935. The film follows the couple’s fateful political and romantic relationship, and Olga’s eventual deportation to a concentration camp.

A story of undying love between two people separated by war, Fascism, and impossible circumstances. (Brazil, 2004, 141 min. No MPAA rating. In Portuguese and German with English subtitles.)

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Thursday, March 12

Mindful Awareness

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024


Mindful Awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Mindfulness has scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being.

The free weekly drop-in sessions take place in the comfortable seats of the Billy Wilder Theater and are open to all who are interested in learning how to live more presently in life. No special clothing is required, and participants are welcome to stay for 5 minutes or enjoy the entire 30-minute session.

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The Art of Looking: Art of Ancient America


5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036


Educator Eduardo Sanchez leads this tour of a new installation of art from the ancient Americas. Found in present-day Colombia, the artworks on view represent the rich cultural heritage of that region. Bowls and jars constructed with animal faces, shaman figures, and musical instruments are displayed alongside text written by Spanish explorers. Quotes from those descriptions are used to compare and contrast the views of the Spaniards with insights gathered from recent scholarship and the objects themselves.

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