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Wednesday, May 27

Author Ashlee Vance on Elon Musk and his World-Changing Ambitions

Intercontinental Hotel Los Angeles

2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, 90067


Ashlee Vance, the writer and technology journalist who has spent extensive time interviewing Elon Musk as well as his competitors, will talk to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council about Musk and his extraordinary ambitions over lunch on Wednesday May 27th. Musk, who spoke to LAWAC in November 2013, continues to be one of the most captivating entrepreneurs in the US - and he is still only 43 years old.

Vance, a former technology writer for the New York Times who now works for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine, spent 50 hours talking to Musk and many more hours talking to his family, friends, employees and competitors to write Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, which is being published this month.

Vance chronicles Musk's life from his childhood in South Africa to his founding of PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity, where he seeks to do nothing less than change the world we live in. He portrays Musk as an amalgam of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs - a brilliant industrialist who has introduced revolutionary designs in not one, but four different industries - and earned himself a fortune that is currently more than $13 billion. He describes the enthusiasm Musk inspires in his employees and the sometimes unreasonable demands he makes on them in his quest to innovate at all costs. Finally, he discusses the enemies Musk has made in his uncompromising struggle to excel in highly competitive, extremely risky, and sometimes jealously protected industries.

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Doc U: 2 for 2 - Stories from 'The Wrecking Crew' & 'Tig'

Landmark Theater

10850 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, 90046


Join us for 2 for 2, the riveting new Doc U series, in which we go behind the scenes to explore the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of two documentary filmmakers who have managed to overcome the odds and ultimately prevail with their films. In our premiere event, moderated by Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil), we turn the spotlight on Denny Tedesco, producer/director of The Wrecking Crew and Ashley York, producer/director (along with Kristina Goolsby) of Tig.
Though The Wrecking Crew saw success with its festival run in 2008, the astronomical cost of licensing the music kept the film from receiving any kind of distribution deal. Seven years and a $300,000 Kickstarter campaign later, find out how director/producer Denny Tedesco, producer Suzie Greene Tedesco, and producer/editor Claire Scanlon were able to play by the rules and pay off the rights enabling the film to receive a successful distribution run.
As an independent documentary filmmaker, you are present, camera in hand, for many of your film subject's most private moments. But, how do you best negotiate those moments so that you can do service both to the film you are making and to the person whose life is unfolding onscreen? And, to further complicate things, what if your film subject is a rising celebrity, overnight media sensation, and longtime friend of your co-director? Filmmaker Ashley York, who co-directed Tig with Kristina Goolsby, writer Jennifer Arnold, and producer Michael Clark talk about the unique challenges of collaborating with an up-and-coming star, while making a film that is truthful, honest, fair... and funny.
2 for 2 presents two moderated 45-minute case studies back-to-back focused on two new documentaries through interviews with the filmmaker and key crew, clips, and time for audience Q&A.
Afterward, share your own success stories at our wine and beer reception at the Landmark’s Wine Bar.

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O is for Occult


611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA


The power of film compels you to convene with the Sacred Order of the Lost & Found Film Club for an evening of anti-occult propaganda from the golden age of hysterical cautionary films. Skip Elsheimer of A/V Geeks, a 12th degree Master of 16mm ephemeral film will lead us on a journey from the dark ages to the age of aquarius with a spirited program of 2 truly sensational rarities. These delightfully delirious colorful Christian interpretations of the 70s/80s occult movement will have you questioning your faith— or at least your faith in objective documentaries— as we: visit San Francisco’s First Church of Satan, get to know a Grandmaster Warlock, perform the ancient rite of the backwards Zeppelin record, dust off our stonehenge theories, bust out the Ouiji boards and hypnotize ourselves silly. Join us, seekers, as we toast to our favorite esoteric phenomenon of them all; the glory of cinema!

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Love From Afar: A Multimedia Concert

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024


(MAY 27) Soprano Terri Richter and the UCLA Philharmonia ensemble, conducted by Geoffrey Pope, present a multimedia concert of live music by two contemporary composers, Osvaldo Golijov and Kaija Saariaho.  The evening will showcase Saariaho’s Lonh and Golijov’s Ayre, a folk song cycle for soprano, electronics, and chamber ensemble.  Featured guest artists include Gee Rabe on hyper-accordion, Buzz Gravelle on ronroco, and Mike D’Errico on laptop.  Video graphic design by Yuki Izumihara.

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Will Butler (SOLD OUT)


West Hollywood, CA 90069


Will Butler has been a member of the band Arcade Fire for over 10 years. This is his first release under his own name.

Policy is American music-in the tradition of the Violent Femmes, The Breeders, The Modern Lovers, Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson, The Magnetic Fields, Ghostface Killah. And John Lennon (I know, but it counts). Music where the holy fool runs afoul of the casual world.

Policy was recorded in one week in Jimi Hendrix's old living room (upstairs at Electric Lady Studios). Jeremy Gara played drums; other musicians contributed woodwinds and backing vocals. Most everything else was played by Will.
The song structures are traditional; the arrangements are clean. The music is experimental only in that it attacks consistency as a requirement for sincerity. The songs are angry, loving, joking, tired, honest, idiotic. They clash against each other but also fit and work together-as if a blind watchmaker made a Frankenstein watch that came alive and told extremely accurate time while having conflicting feelings about its creator. No, about creation itself. But then the watch makes friends with a talking rat, and they go on hilarious adventures until it turns out that the rat was dead the whole time. With a really good credits song-I mean, the whole soundtrack is excellent. You should check it out.

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