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Sunday, May 29

Vroman’s Local Author Day introduces Greg Ware

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

4:00pm

Greg Ware discusses and signs Just Love Everybody. Stardate: 2031 Jake Love is a revered obstetrician who by happenstance or design is given the opportunity of a lifetime. The chance to spend the day with anyone from the annals of history. Which renowned philosopher, monarch, or religious icon can withstand a dose of scientific inquiry from the future? Jake's choice is one that raises the bar to unimaginable heights, as he dares to question the unquestionable. This forbidden fruit must be bitten and the only challenge is... Will he live to tell about it?

 

 

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A Touch of Zen

Cinefamily

611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA

4:00pm

After a long run at Shaw Brothers studio on the mainland, King Hu left for Taiwan and crafted the masterpiece Dragon Inn, which led to the opportunity to tackle his most ambitious project by far: A Touch of Zen — a tale of a young artist who falls for a roving warrior committed to avenging the death of her father at the hands of the Imperial agents of the Ming dynasty.
An oddity in the Wuxia canon, and considered to be the film that legitimized beloved martial arts-driven Chinese genre films as “art”, King Hu packs in visual experimentation — with balletic and quixotic battles sequences, transcendental nature scenes, and detective stories giving way to supernatural indulgence, pacifist monks ultimately kicking ass when it’s time to throw down, and loving homage to the westerns of Anthony Mann — in this astonishing 14th Century epic, finally given its due with a stunning 4K restoration.
Dir. King Hu, 1971, DCP Restoration, 200 min.
- See more at: http://www.cinefamily.org/films/king-hus-a-touch-of-zen-new-4k-restorati...

After a long run at Shaw Brothers studio on the mainland, King Hu left for Taiwan and crafted the masterpiece Dragon Inn, which led to the opportunity to tackle his most ambitious project by far: A Touch of Zen — a tale of a young artist who falls for a roving warrior committed to avenging the death of her father at the hands of the Imperial agents of the Ming dynasty.

An oddity in the Wuxia canon, and considered to be the film that legitimized beloved martial arts-driven Chinese genre films as “art”, King Hu packs in visual experimentation — with balletic and quixotic battles sequences, transcendental nature scenes, and detective stories giving way to supernatural indulgence, pacifist monks ultimately kicking ass when it’s time to throw down, and loving homage to the westerns of Anthony Mann — in this astonishing 14th Century epic, finally given its due with a stunning 4K restoration.

Dir. King Hu, 1971, DCP Restoration, 200 min.

- See more at: http://www.cinefamily.org/films/king-hus-a-touch-of-zen-new-4k-restorati...

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Panic Ensemble

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 92656

6:00pm

Panic Ensemble is a Los Angeles-based group dedicated to the performance of the music of our time. Featuring violinist Pasha Tseitlin, pianist Nic Gerpe, clarinettist Michele Zuvkosky, and cellist Rebecca Merblum, the ensemble’s performances of contemporary music have been described as “exciting,” “virtuosic,” and “irresistible.” Engaging audiences with unfamiliar music through a combination of dialogue and uncompromising musicality, Panic has brought a variety of repertoire to audiences since 2009. Unique in their facility with works from different styles and periods—classical, contemporary, jazz, modernist, and world music-inspired—Panic’s performances feature surprising juxtapositions of works. On the cutting edge of new music, their repertoire includes pieces by John Adams, John Corigliano, Nico Muhly, and Jennifer Higdon, and they have collaborated with composers such as Gernot Wolfgang, Donald Crockett, Erica Muhl, and Juhi Bansal, commissioning, premiering, and recording new works. Recent performance highlights include world premieres of works for violin and piano by the composers’ collective Improvisatory Minds, a group dedicated to chamber music written by jazz musicians and consisting of Gernot Wolfgang, Michael Patterson, Ed Neumeister, and Bevan Manson.

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Monday, May 30

Target Free Holiday Monday: Memorial Day

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

11:00am

Visitors of all ages are invited to a free day at the museum, with bilingual tours, family sketching activity, and live music and dance by Burat Wangi: CalArts Balinese Gamelan at 12:30 and 2:45 pm. 

Gamelan Burat Wangi (Fragrant Offering) is an active gamelan club in Southern California, based at California Institute of the Arts, which was founded in 1972 by Nyoman Wenten (Artistic Director), Nanik Dancer (Dance Director), and K.P.H. Notoprojo, affectionately known as Pak Cokro. He is generally acknowledged to be the most prominent musician and prolific composer of Central Java in the late 20th century.

Burat Wangi is well known throughout the U.S. for their well-trained musicians and dancers as well their performance activities in many different venues such as at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Aratani Theater in Los Angeles, the Herb Theater in San Francisco, Theater de la Danza, Centro National de las Artes, Auditorio Blas Galindo in Mexico City, International Folk Dance Festival, and CalArts Annual Spring Music and Dance Festival. Gamelan Burat Wangi has also presented numerous workshops.

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Jazz Reggae Festival

UCLA

Los Angeles, Los Angeles, 0

11:00am

Jazz Reggae Festival has been an integral part of the UCLA and LA communities for the past 29 years. In honor of the festival’s 30th anniversary, we are celebrating three decades of good vibes, jammin’ music, and cultural enrichment with a one-day festival under the Los Angeles sun. From the festival’s humble beginnings in 1986, it has continued to grow and develop while forging connections between UCLA and the broader Los Angeles community. Alongside sustainable initiatives and live art, the festival has showcased talent ranging from Ziggy Marley to Snoop Dogg to Erykah Badu. This year, Jazz Reggae Festival is returning to its roots, presenting headliners from the genres of jazz and reggae accompanied by a curated selection of talented student bands.

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Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road

Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

12:15pm

he Mogao caves, located near the town of Dunhuang in the Gobi Desert of northwest China, comprise some 500 decorated Buddhist cave temples dating from the 4th to the 14th century. Filled with exquisite wall paintings and sculptures, the caves bear witness to the intense religious, artistic, and cultural exchanges along the Silk Road, the trade routes linking East and West. Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road features numerous objects originally from the site—such as paintings and manuscripts that have rarely, if ever, traveled to the United States, as well as three spectacular full-size cave replicas. The exhibition celebrates more than 25 years of collaboration between the Getty Conservation Institute and the Dunhuang Academy to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The Five Minute Game

Cinefamily

611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA

5:00pm

Summer’s around the corner, and you know how we here at the theater love two things in tandem: busting out the patio grill, and The Five Minutes Game. What’s all this about a game, you ask? We’re firm believers in “every movie is interesting for at least its first five minutes,” those fascinating moments when you’re still entering the new world a film presents you, and trying to figure out what the hell’s going on. We’ve chosen fifteen movies you’ve likely never seen before (with most of them still unavailable on DVD), line ‘em up and only show you the first five minutes of each (excluding the opening credits). Then you, the audience, will vote on which film to watch in its entirety. So bring something to cook on our grill and let’s get started!
5:00-6:30PM – The Five Minutes Game!
6:30-7:30PM – we tally the votes and BBQ on the patio!
7:30-9:00PM – we watch the winning film!

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Blue Velvet

Cinefamily

611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA

10:00pm

An earthquake of a movie when it was released, Blue Velvet begins as a collage of a Mr. Rogers-worthy suburban neighborhood—with Crayola colored roses and white picket fences—quaint until a moldy severed ear is discovered in a local park and the film dives down a bizarro rabbit hole. With a cute Hardy Boys-esque patina, and steeped in the lethal eroticism of a neo-noir, Lynch’s grotesque small town mystery articulated his unique filmmaking taxonomy with a host of now-legendary characters and moments — like Dennis Hopper (in a career reviving performance) as depraved gang-leader Frank Booth, huffing from his gas mask to Roy Orbison songs, and the enigmatic, masochistic Dorothy Vallens (Rossellini) hanging her curly-haired head back in Jeffery (Kyle McLaughlin)’s naked arms, yearning for love. No less hideous or thrilling today than it was at the time of its explosive release 30 years ago, the newly restored Blue Velvet is a crime, a lie, an addiction, a caress, and all the time we are together… in dreams.

Dir. David Lynch, 1986, DCP Restoration, 120 min.

An earthquake of a movie when it was released, Blue Velvet begins as a collage of a Mr. Rogers-worthy suburban neighborhood—with Crayola colored roses and white picket fences—quaint until a moldy severed ear is discovered in a local park and the film dives down a bizarro rabbit hole. With a cute Hardy Boys-esque patina, and steeped in the lethal eroticism of a neo-noir, Lynch’s grotesque small town mystery articulated his unique filmmaking taxonomy with a host of now-legendary characters and moments — like Dennis Hopper (in a career reviving performance) as depraved gang-leader Frank Booth, huffing from his gas mask to Roy Orbison songs, and the enigmatic, masochistic Dorothy Vallens (Rossellini) hanging her curly-haired head back in Jeffery (Kyle McLaughlin)’s naked arms, yearning for love. No less hideous or thrilling today than it was at the time of its explosive release 30 years ago, the newly restored Blue Velvet is a crime, a lie, an addiction, a caress, and all the time we are together… in dreams.

Dir. David Lynch, 1986, DCP Restoration, 120 min.

- See more at: http://www.cinefamily.org/films/blue-velvet-30th-anniversary-restoration...

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