5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
The 2014 Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival Award Ceremony includes screenings of the contenders for the top films, created by emerging talents from all over the world, as well as recognition of the top three winners of this year’s competition. An exclusive reception with the winners and other filmmakers follows.
This red-carpet event is followed by an exclusive reception in honor of the filmmakers, featuring Persian-themed drinks and appetizers prepared by Patina and accompanied by a DJ and lively music!
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On Saturday, March 22, actors, musicians, and celebrated Angelenos will join together to benefit the Los Angeles Public Library at the Sixth Annual Toast, hosted by the Young Literati of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.
Held at Sony Pictures Studios, the Young Literati’s biggest event of the year will be curated by Young Literati Chair, philanthropist, and entrepreneur Amanda Fairey; her husband, artist and activist Shepard Fairey; actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt; musician Moby; and actress Busy Philipps. Demonstrating the power of the written word to impact art and culture, the Sixth Annual Toast will explore the fascinating and diverse literary history of Los Angeles.
Over the course of the evening, special guests including comedian Nick Kroll (Kroll Show, The League), director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Labor Day), and actresses Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex, Party Down) and Gillian Jacobs (Community) will read selections of literature from the Library’s vast collections before a special musical performance by L.A. band Jenny and Johnny (Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice).
Attendees will also enjoy a live DJ set by Shepard Fairey and signature cocktails provided by Downtown L.A.’s award-winning 213 Spirited Ventures (Seven Grand, Las Perlas). Past Toasts have featured such notable names as Jack Black, Russell Brand, Miranda July, Sarah Silverman, Henry Rollins, John Densmore, Demetri Martin, and others.
Proceeds from the Sixth Annual Toast will support the Los Angeles Public Library’s Summer Reading Clubs, which are offered in all 73 libraries and serve over 40,000 children and teens each year.
Support for the Toast comes from Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Goldhirsh Foundation, Sidley Austin LLP, The Flora L. Thornton Foundation, and others. Honorary Hosts for this year’s Toast include Mayor Eric Garcetti, Mark Z. Danielewski, Mark Duplass and Katie Aselton-Duplass, Michael C. Hall, Colin and Samantha Hanks, Josh Kun and Ceci Bastida, Jonathan Gold, Ben Goldhirsh and Claire Hoffman, Susan Orlean, City Librarian John F. Szabo, Eriq La Salle, Marc Silverstein, Rachel Small, Joel Stein, and Mike White.
Tickets for the event are $175 per person ($125 for Young Literati Members) and can be purchased online at www.lfla.org/sixthannualtoast.
Comprised of Angelenos in their 20s, 30s and 40s, the Young Literati are the vanguard of the Library Foundation's mission to raise awareness and support for the Los Angeles Public Library. As ambassadors of the Los Angeles Public Library, Members gather throughout the year at exclusive events across Los Angeles featuring world class authors, actors, artists and academics.
5515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Stuck in special education classes, Hopsin did not see much of a future in high school. His teachers did nothing but reinforce the feelings that he wouldn’t amount to anything; especially if he continued to waste his time attending classes where nothing was actually being taught. So with no money and only a few real friends, Hopsin dropped out of school in 2004.
Determined to be one of Southern Cali’s premier MCs Hopsin bought an $8 microphone from Wal-Mart, installed Fruity Loops on his computer, and locked himself in the basement. As time went by he knew that his lyrics and production had surpassed what he was hearing on the radio. He combined his skills with a new image [often seen wearing white contacts] and emerged from the basement. In 2007, Hopsin signed a major record deal with Ruthless Records, and released his freshman album, “Gazing at the Moonlight” in October 2009.
Unfortunately Hopsin was never able to get on the same page as Ruthless, so in 2010 he decided to cut ties, and join his own label, Funk Volume. In November 2010, he released his sophomore album, RAW, and has not looked backed. In 2011 he headlined over 60 shows around the world, grew his Facebook page to over 140,000 fans, racked up millions of YouTube views, and earned a feature on Tech N9ne’s “All 6’s & 7’s” album with B.o.B.
Hopsin’s momentum is only going to continue to build in 2012. His fans are already anticipating the release of his next album, “Knock Madness”. He has described it as a “game changer”, and although he has been doubted before, people know now that he delivers on his promises.
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Co-presented with UCLA Film & Television Archive
Recommended for age 6+
Attempting to impress the girl he hopes to marry, a department store clerk ends up in the middle of a wild publicity stunt. Comic gags and edge-of-your-seat thrills— including the unforgettable image of Harold Lloyd dangling precariously from a clock—follow in rapid succession as Lloyd climbs his way to success in this iconic film. (1923, Dir. Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, 35mm, b/w, silent with musical accompaniment, 64 min.)
Live musical accompaniment provided by Cliff Retallick.
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Celebrate the arrival of spring with a full day of exciting activities throughout LACMA's campus. This Nowruz festival includes live performances, music, storytelling and calligraphy for children, and a traditional Nowruz display known as Haft Sîn! For the first time, the event features a traditional Iranian costumes parade, and individuals of all ages are invited to participate starting at 3 pm at the Los Angeles Times Central Court.
The world premiere of Spring Love by Ziba Shirazi takes place at 2 pm in the Bing Theater. The performance celebrates the dynamic traditions of Nowruz through the story of three generations of a family experiencing love at first sight through a blend of music, dance, and imagery. This program requires a ticket ($15 per guest). All other programs are free and not ticketed.
The outdoor concert by the dynamic London-based band Ajam takes place starting at 5 pm at BP Grand Entrance. The performance takes audiences on a small tour of Iran, showcasing how Nowruz is celebrated along coast of the Persian Gulf.