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Monday, December 1

The Boone Children's Gallery

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

8:00pm

Come paint with us! Located next to the Korean and Chinese galleries, the Boone Children’s Gallery is a free creative space where visitors of all ages are invited to learn the art of East Asian brush painting. No prior art-making experience is necessary. Friendly and helpful staff introduce painting techniques, offer tips, and even provide high chairs for very young artists. Visitors sit at communal tables in this fun, family-friendly, and resourceful place to relax, create, and make new friends.

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Tuesday, December 2

The Babadook

Cinefamily

611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA

12:00am

(Dec 2) Will that cute little boy knife his mother? Will that mother slowly go insane after not sleeping for a month? Will that nice lady next door strangle the poodle? And what on earth is a Babadook?! These are but a few of the many questions posed by this critically-acclaimed Sundance 2014 horror brainbomb that unfolds like a twisted insomniacs’ tea party — one with Mommy Dearest, Freddie Krueger and The Omen’s Damian as guests of honor. Boasting impressive arcs and a devastating emotional undercurrent, this Jungian fairy tale inflicts the Bogeyman myth on a widowed single mother Amelia and her cute, yet disturbed six-year-old son Samuel, both led by past trauma to confront the Babadook: a Burton-esque, wolfish entity that infiltrates their dreams and, ultimately, their waking lives. Amelia’s blossoming from meek widow to possessed matriarch is a sight to behold, leaving us with the lingering question: are Amelia and Samuel are just unfortunate victims of demonic possession in contemporary Australian suburbia, or does the Babadook represent the darkness that exists within us all? Expect the answer to arrive in your nightmares, soon.

Dir. Jennifer Kent, 2014, DCP, 93 min.

 

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King Kong

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

1:00pm

1933, 110 minutes, black and white, DCP
Directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack; screenplay by James Creelman and Ruth Rose, from an idea conceived by Cooper and Edgar Wallace; with Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher, Sam Hardy, Noble Johnson.

A filmmaking expedition to a remote island makes a monstrous discovery.

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Some Favorite Writers: Literature & Gender

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd, CA 90024, CA 0

7:00pm

Literary fiction has always been about women as cultural carriers of sexuality, beauty, introspection, madness, and the full spectrum of the emotional life. Since the 19th century much of it has also been written by women. And more women read fiction than men. So are women now equally represented in the publishing world and literary criticism? Carmen Giménez Smith of VIDA takes on four of the most influential women writers in the country: Elaine Blair, Ruth Franklin, Michelle Huneven, and Mona Simpson.

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Wednesday, December 3

Charles Meryon

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd, CA 90024, CA 0

12:30pm

Lunchtime Art Talks take place every Wednesday at 12:30pm. The Hammer's curatorial department leads free and insightful 15-minute discussions about works of art currently on view or from museum collections. This talk will be led by Cynthia Burlingham, deputy director, curatorial affairs. 

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Venezuela: The Revolution Continues

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd, CA 90024, CA 0

7:30pm

Oil-rich Venezuela is becoming increasingly polarized between supporters and opponents of the so-called Bolivarian Revolution, the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez’s leftist social movement. Virginia Lopez, the Venezuela correspondent for the British daily newspaper The Guardian, and Miguel Tinker Salas, professor of Latin American history at Pomona College, examine the successes and failures of the Bolivarian Revolution—from its 1999 inception to the present day—as Venezuela’s contentious politics, economic woes, and social tensions show no signs of abating.

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BIG EYES

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403

7:30pm

Advance Member Screening! Screenwriters Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski In Person!

American Cinematheque Members are treated to an advance screening of Tim Burton's much anticipated BIG EYES, starring Amy Adams as painter Margaret Keane. Screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski join us for a discussion after the film.

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Thursday, December 4

Bruce Richards: Future/Past

Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

357 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

10:00am

Los Angeles, CA. - Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles presents the critically celebrated exhibition Bruce Richards: Future/Past newly extended through December 24, 2014. The exhibition offers a full view of Richard’s works spanning several decades. His paintings and sculpture - frequently in dialogue with related sculptures - are created with meticulous clarity, taking on an otherworldly luminosity that catapults them into the surreal. The exhibition is shown in tandem with a reduced version of Twin Visions: Jerome Witkin & Joel-Peter Witkin - which created an international stir.

While cited as having some resonance with the works of Rene Magritte who juxtaposed objects from ordinary life into fantastical compositions, in contrast, Richards employs a more singular focus on one or two objects, suspending them in a timeless space – a burning tire or match, a leaf, a twining snake, a coin etc. – to layer references to history, mythology, art, and personal experience and emotions.

These layers impart enormous symbolic and conceptual weight to seemingly ordinary objects. His works can be both referential and ironic by contrasting art of the past and present, such as his play between a famous Magritte torso and Marina Abramovic's infamous performance where she carved a pentagram onto her belly. In another example he juxtaposes the prehistoric depiction of woman, The Venus of Willendorf, with a work by Jeff Koons. Bruce Richard's visual sleight-of-hand further informs the viewer through his use of titles. Puns and provocative word play provide witty clues to the artist’s frame of reference, sharing a certain sly kinship with another of L.A.’s Cool School icons, Ed Ruscha.

Richards aim "is to engage the viewer in both the title's verbal association and its visual analogy." The late critic and poet, Donald Carroll cited: "These are not images that simply hang on the wall; they hang in the mind as well - agents provocateurs, teasing us, daring us to light the fuse that will set off a chain reaction of associative thought that lies behind - and beyond - these captured, isolated... representatives of the world we think we know... Bruce Richard's images are revealed as unexpected illustrations of who we are and what we think and, above all, how we think."

The exhibition, Bruce Richards: Future/Past is currently on view and extends through December 24, 2014. Jack Rutberg Fine Arts is located at 357 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 AM to 6 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM. For more information contact the gallery at (323) 938-5222 or [email protected]

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