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Sunday, March 29

Knott's Boysenberry Festival

Knott's Berry Farm

8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, 90620

10:00am

Celebrate Knott’s delicious roots during the Boysenberry Festival, March 28 – April 12, in the theme park’s historic Ghost Town. The 16-day and entertainment festival returns with an unforgettable lineup of exquisite Boysenberry Bites, dazzling entertainment, the Wine and Craft Brew Tasting Garden, and more farm fresh fun the whole family will love!
Sun up to sun down festival includes dueling fiddlers, Jammin’ in the Dark, Peanuts Party in the Park, vine dancing, swing dancing, live music, and other live entertainment. The limited-time Festival is included with admission to Knott’s Berry Farm.

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Vroman’s Local Author Day KIDS EDITION

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

12:00pm

Gloria Avrech discusses and signs Nana’s Amazing Journey: A Shamanic Children’s Story

Nana is seeking a connection to her inner Spirit. Her granddaughter, Lily-Rose, helps her by creating a special experience which ends up surprising and amazing both of them. Their imaginative travel takes them into magical and real, inner and outer worlds. In this delightful story, the reader learns about shamanic ritual and journey work. Also, the reader learns that the old fashioned idea, “Children should be seen and not heard.” is incorrect. Actually, children should be seen and heard; someone young can instruct someone old. Wisdom and knowledge can be found in humans of all ages.

James Matlack Raney discusses and signs Jim Morgan and the King of Thieves

Eleven year-old Jim Morgan once had a home, a life of comfort, and a future full of promise. But all that changed the night his father was murdered. Now Jim is on the run from his father’s enemies, a wicked count and his vengeful son, and at the same time, trying to decipher the secret to the last mystery his father left him – the hidden location of an ancient treasure.

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GANGS OF WASSEYPUR

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403

5:00pm

(3/29) Our "movie crime dynasties" series concludes with the latest epic examination of a family on the wrong side of the law: writer-director Anurag Kashyap’s GANGS OF WASSEYPUR. Hardly your typical Bollywood film, this landmark of contemporary Indian cinema is both history lesson and riveting entertainment, with the Khans joining the Corleones among cinema’s great crime dynasties.

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Monday, March 30

see the galapagos in 3d imax

California Science Center

700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037

2:30pm

Explore a paradise unlike any other, with the breathtaking film Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland. Located close to the equator in the Pacific Ocean, these remarkable volcanic islands are home to some of nature’s most incredible living creatures, like giant half-ton long-necked tortoises, dancing blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants. Small penguins living thousands of miles from their natural habitats share the seas with unique marine iguanas that spit sea-salt. Kids will be fascinated by the same wonders of nature that helped Darwin realize his theory of evolution!

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Fourth of July Creek

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

7:00pm

Smith Henderson discusses and signs Fourth of July Creek. Benjamin Pearl is an undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness. Pete Snow is a social worker that is trying to help Benjamin. However, Pete comes face-to-face with the boy’s disturbed father, Jeremiah. With courage and a lot of caution, Pete slowly earns a measure of trust from this paranoid survivalist.  As Pete’s own family spins out of control, Pearl’s activities park the interest of the FBI, putting Pete at the center of an enormous manhunt from which no one will emerge unscathed. 

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Garth Stein presents and signs A Sudden Light

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd, Austin, CA 90069

7:00pm

 When a boy tries to save his parents' marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain.
In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor's bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel--who is flickering in and out of dementia--to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into "tract housing for millionaires," divide up the profits, and live happily ever after.   But Trevor soon discovers there's someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company. The ghost will not rest until Elijah's wish is fulfilled, and Trevor's willingness to face the past holds the key to his family's future.   A Sudden Light is a rich, atmospheric work that is at once a multigenerational family saga, a historical novel, a ghost story, and the story of a contemporary family's struggle to connect with each other. A tribute to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it reflects Garth Stein's outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation, and his rare ability to see the unseen: the universal threads that connect us all. (

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Bruce Eric Kaplan in conversation with B.J. Novak

William Turner Gallery - Bergamot Station

2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, 90404

8:00pm

(3/30) Bruce Eric Kaplan, also known as BEK, is one of the most celebrated and admired cartoonists in America, whose single-panel cartoons frequently appear in The New Yorker. His cartoons are known for their signature simplistic style and ironic humor. Kaplan is also a screenwriter and producer, and has worked on Seinfeld and HBO’s Six Feet Under and Girls.

In I Was a Child, he examines his childhood in suburban New Jersey, detailing the small moments we all similarly carry into adulthood. Deceptively unconventional, Kaplan’s anecdotes are accompanied by his signature drawings of family outings and life at home—road trips, hamsters, ashtrays, a toupée, a platypus, and much more. Kaplan’s images contain an easy irony and a sense of humor that cuts straight to the truth of experience. As children, we are all stuck in a certain situation, in a certain time, and those circumstances all shape, push, and prod us into who we become. Brilliantly relatable and genuinely moving, I Was a Child is about our attempts to understand the mysteries that are our parents, families, and ultimately, ourselves.

B.J. Novak is perhaps best known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as a writer, actor, director, and executive producer.  He is also known for his work as a standup comedian and his performances in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino’s  Inglourious Basterds and Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks.  Novak’s debut collection of short stories, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, was a New York Times Best Seller and received rave reviews.  His children’s book, The Book With No Pictures, is a #1 New York Times Best Seller and will appear this year on international bookshelves in 18 additional languages.  Novak’s stories have been published in The New Yorker and featured on This American Life.

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Transforming Spaces: New Films from L.A. Filmmakers

REDCAT

631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

8:30pm

This program of experimental work reflects creative approaches by which Angeleno filmmakers and filmmakers having lived in Los Angeles are engaging with real or imagined spaces and shaping those encounters into distinctly cinematic experiences. Landscape becomes a meditative space in Kate Brown’s Utah (2014, 20 min.) while it abstracts into sensual tapestries in Abigail Severance’s latest Kinesthesia Series (2014, 8 min.). Laura Kraning turns to heavy industry in Port Noir (2014, 11 min.) and recasts its structures as haunted mazes. The cinema itself becomes a shared space for reflecting on time and sensation in Madison Brookshire’s About 11 Minutes (2014, 11 min.), whereas in Janie Geiser’s The Hummingbird Wars(2014, 10 min.), the screen serves in its familiar role as window, one that magically blends a treasure trove of found objects into a luminous spectral domain. Also screening are Andrew Kim’s Society of Motion (2015, 3 min.) Cauleen Smith’s H-E-L-L-L-O  (2014, 11 min), Lee Anne Schmitt’s womannightfilm (2014, 6 min) and Julie Murray’s End Reel (2014, 7 min).

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Monday, April 6

see the galapagos movie in 3D

California Science Center

700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037

2:30pm

Explore a paradise unlike any other, with the breathtaking film Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland. Located close to the equator in the Pacific Ocean, these remarkable volcanic islands are home to some of nature’s most incredible living creatures, like giant half-ton long-necked tortoises, dancing blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants. Small penguins living thousands of miles from their natural habitats share the seas with unique marine iguanas that spit sea-salt. Kids will be fascinated by the same wonders of nature that helped Darwin realize his theory of evolution!

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