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Monday, February 22

Ethan Canin discusses and signs A Doubter’s Almanac

Skirball Center

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

7:00pm

In this mesmerizing novel, Ethan Canin, the New York Times bestselling author of America America and The Palace Thief, explores the nature of genius, rivalry, ambition, and love among multiple generations of a gifted family.  Milo Andret is born with an unusual mind. A lonely child growing up in the woods of northern Michigan in the 1950s, he gives little thought to his own talent. But with his acceptance at U.C. Berkeley he realizes the extent, and the risks, of his singular gifts. California in the seventies is a seduction, opening Milo s eyes to the allure of both ambition and indulgence. The research he begins there will make him a legend; the woman he meets there and the rival he meets alongside her will haunt him for the rest of his life. For Milo’s brilliance is entwined with a dark need that soon grows to threaten his work, his family, even his existence.   Spanning seven decades as it moves from California to Princeton to the Midwest to New York, A Doubter’s Almanac tells the story of a family as it explores the way ambition lives alongside destructiveness, obsession alongside torment, love alongside grief. It is a story of how the flame of genius both lights and scorches every generation it touches. Graced by stunning prose and brilliant storytelling, A Doubter’s Almanac is a surprising, suspenseful, and deeply moving novel, a major work by a writer who has been hailed as the most mature and accomplished novelist of his generation. (Random Ho

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Sideways

Cinefamily

611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA

7:30pm

Greg Proops (one of the most mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth) records the latest episode of his monthly Film Club podcast live — and then it’s time for Sideways. Greg sez: Andrew Payne’s sparkling, hysterical, buddy movie/road comedy/relationship screwball. A fading actor/scoundrel Jack (Thomas Haden-Church) and an obscure writer, mini-weasel Miles, (Paul Giamatti) were best friends in college and deeply have nothing in common. They decide to go to the not-even-Napa Wine Country for Jack’s big bachelor weekend before he gets married. The plan is some drinks, golf, and male-bonding. Jack is surprisingly reckless so the plan implodes when they run into Maya (Virginia Madsen) and Stephanie (Sandra Oh), and the madness begins. Lies, deception, an insanely long novel, kinky and naked married men chasing cars, desperation, drinking, failure, an intolerably happy ex-wife, parking lot beat-downs, stealing from Mom’s purse—this movie crams it all in one weekend, with loads of candid slapstick for the discerning viewer. You will never order Merlot again.

Dir. Alexander Payne, 2004, 35mm, 126 min.
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Greg Proops (one of the most mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth) records the latest episode of his monthly Film Club podcast live — and then it’s time for Sideways. Greg sez: Andrew Payne’s sparkling, hysterical, buddy movie/road comedy/relationship screwball. A fading actor/scoundrel Jack (Thomas Haden-Church) and an obscure writer, mini-weasel Miles, (Paul Giamatti) were best friends in college and deeply have nothing in common. They decide to go to the not-even-Napa Wine Country for Jack’s big bachelor weekend before he gets married. The plan is some drinks, golf, and male-bonding. Jack is surprisingly reckless so the plan implodes when they run into Maya (Virginia Madsen) and Stephanie (Sandra Oh), and the madness begins. Lies, deception, an insanely long novel, kinky and naked married men chasing cars, desperation, drinking, failure, an intolerably happy ex-wife, parking lot beat-downs, stealing from Mom’s purse—this movie crams it all in one weekend, with loads of candid slapstick for the discerning viewer. You will never order Merlot again.

Dir. Alexander Payne, 2004, 35mm, 126 min.

- See more at: http://www.cinefamily.org/films/the-greg-proops-film-club/#greg-proops-f...

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Tuesday, February 23

Wednesday, February 24

Screening of City of Gold and Q&A with Jonathan Gold at the Hammer Museum

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024

7:30pm

HAMMER SCREENINGS

City of Gold with a Jonathan Gold Q & A

Wednesday, February 24, 7:30PM

Some restaurant critics get ink traversing the globe; Jonathan Gold forged a more challenging route; the San Gabriel Valley hole-in-the-wall, a dull strip mall closer to home, a food truck that presaged the fad.  Gold teases Angelenos' tongues by mining culinary greatness in offbeat locales as he serves up vats of knowledge on global cuisine.  City of Gold captures the proces that won the Gold the Pulitzer Prize.  It will be followed by a Q&A with Jonathan.

FREE

For more information about public programs go to Hammer.ucla.edu

From the Sundance website about the film: 

In this richly penetrating documentary odyssey, Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold shows us a Los Angeles where ethnic cooking is a kaleidoscopic portal to the mysteries of an unwieldy city and the soul of America.

Combing through colorful neighborhoods in his green pickup truck, Gold is sniffing out his next strip-mall discovery—whether Oaxacan grasshopper soup, hand-cut tonkotsu ramen, or a particularly unctuous pad see ew. As piping-hot platters are served up, so are stories of immigrants whose secret family recipes are like sacred offerings pledged for the opportunity to build their American Dream. With eternal curiosity, razor-sharp intellect, and existential longing, Gold is a culinary geographer taking us where no critic has gone before.

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