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Wednesday, May 25

Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss.

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

7:00pm

In the tradition of Rich Cohen’s Sweet and Low and Sean Wilsey’s Oh the Glory of it All, a memoir of a city, an industry, and a dynasty in decline, and the story of a young artist’s struggle to find her way out of the ruins.

 

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million.

But behind the beautiful facade lay a crumbling foundation. Detroit’s economy collapsed with the retreat of the automotive industry to the suburbs and abroad and likewise the Stroh family found their wealth and legacy disappearing. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. Even as they turned against one another, looking for a scapegoat on whom to blame the unraveling of their family, they could not anticipate that even far greater tragedy lay in store.  Featuring beautiful evocative photos throughout, Stroh’s memoir is elegantly spare in structure and mercilessly clear-eyed in its self-appraisal at once a universally relatable family drama and a great American story.

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Bigger than life

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 Touchez pas au grisbi. Greg sez: Touchez pas au grisbi means, “Hands off the loot.” It’s that simple baby. Classic Noir and all-time groovy French gangster film. The immortal Jean Gabin, whose face looks like a punch being thrown, is a world-weary hood who is pulled out of retirement to do one last job when his pal is kidnapped. A duplicitous dame — the very young Jeanne Moreau — has spilled the beans to her gangster boyfriend and the game is on. Can the old man beat the fresh punks? Elegant and understated, the first time I saw this people in the theater cheered for a refrigerator full of champagne in his throw-down crib in Paris. Classy action with dark exteriors, showgirls, and tommy guns. Be there and wear shades. Sadly you must smoke outside. Unmissable if you are cool.
Dir Jacques Becker, 1954, 35mm, 94 min.

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 Touchez pas au grisbi. Greg sez: Touchez pas au grisbi means, “Hands off the loot.” It’s that simple baby. Classic Noir and all-time groovy French gangster film. The immortal Jean Gabin, whose face looks like a punch being thrown, is a world-weary hood who is pulled out of retirement to do one last job when his pal is kidnapped. A duplicitous dame — the very young Jeanne Moreau — has spilled the beans to her gangster boyfriend and the game is on. Can the old man beat the fresh punks? Elegant and understated, the first time I saw this people in the theater cheered for a refrigerator full of champagne in his throw-down crib in Paris. Classy action with dark exteriors, showgirls, and tommy guns. Be there and wear shades. Sadly you must smoke outside. Unmissable if you are cool.

Dir Jacques Becker, 1954, 35mm, 94 min.

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

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 Touchez pas au grisbi. Greg sez: Touchez pas au grisbi means, “Hands off the loot.” It’s that simple baby. Classic Noir and all-time groovy French gangster film. The immortal Jean Gabin, whose face looks like a punch being thrown, is a world-weary hood who is pulled out of retirement to do one last job when his pal is kidnapped. A duplicitous dame — the very young Jeanne Moreau — has spilled the beans to her gangster boyfriend and the game is on. Can the old man beat the fresh punks? Elegant and understated, the first time I saw this people in the theater cheered for a refrigerator full of champagne in his throw-down crib in Paris. Classy action with dark exteriors, showgirls, and tommy guns. Be there and wear shades. Sadly you must smoke outside. Unmissable if you are cool.

Dir Jacques Becker, 1954, 35mm, 94 min.

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

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The Who at Staples Center

STAPLES Center

1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015

7:30pm

The Who comes to Los Angeles and the Staples Center on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 . Their concert starts at 7:30pm. The story of the Who is a tale of four impossibly different musicians coming together to create one of the most iconic bands in rock and roll history. The Who’s trip to Los Angeles is part of their “The Who North American Tour 2016.”

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Eyes of Fire

Cinefamily

611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA

9:30pm

The woods of early American settlers were a territory of savage darkness:the home of the devil and mysteriously foreboding. Like the untamed American continent itself, the woods were an unknowable place,and still remain ripe for projections of fantasy and horror (see: The Witch). Surrealist photographer (and first time filmmaker) Avery Crounse’s Eyes of Fire seizes the psychology of these early settlers in this poor-man’s-punk take on the supernatural battle between good and evil, rife with impressively fantastical set pieces—from trees with faces and a mysterious naked forest-dwelling sect to rains of skulls and bones—all swung on a shoestring budget. ALL OF THEM WITCHES proudly resurrects this fierce, DIY horror flick, excavated from several realms beyond the consciousness of even the committed cult-film lover, for your late-night enjoyment.
Dir. Avery Crounse, 1983, 35mm, 90 min.

- See more at: http://www.cinefamily.org/films/all-of-them-witches/#all-of-them-witches...

The woods of early American settlers were a territory of savage darkness:the home of the devil and mysteriously foreboding. Like the untamed American continent itself, the woods were an unknowable place,and still remain ripe for projections of fantasy and horror (see: The Witch). Surrealist photographer (and first time filmmaker) Avery Crounse’s Eyes of Fire seizes the psychology of these early settlers in this poor-man’s-punk take on the supernatural battle between good and evil, rife with impressively fantastical set pieces—from trees with faces and a mysterious naked forest-dwelling sect to rains of skulls and bones—all swung on a shoestring budget. ALL OF THEM WITCHES proudly resurrects this fierce, DIY horror flick, excavated from several realms beyond the consciousness of even the committed cult-film lover, for your late-night enjoyment.

Dir. Avery Crounse, 1983, 35mm, 90 min.

- See more at: http://www.cinefamily.org/films/all-of-them-witches/#all-of-them-witches... woods of early American settlers were a territory of savage darkness:the home of the devil and mysteriously foreboding. Like the untamed American continent itself, the woods were an unknowable place,and still remain ripe for projections of fantasy and horror (see: The Witch). Surrealist photographer (and first time filmmaker) Avery Crounse’s Eyes of Fire seizes the psychology of these early settlers in this poor-man’s-punk take on the supernatural battle between good and evil, rife with impressively fantastical set pieces—from trees with faces and a mysterious naked forest-dwelling sect to rains of skulls and bones—all swung on a shoestring budget. ALL OF THEM WITCHES proudly resurrects this fierce, DIY horror flick, excavated from several realms beyond the consciousness of even the committed cult-film lover, for your late-night enjoyment.
Dir. Avery Crounse, 1983, 35mm, 90 min.

- See more at: http://www.cinefamily.org/films/all-of-them-witches/#all-of-them-witches...

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Thursday, May 26

DâM-FunK DJ set

Amoeba Hollywood

6400 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 90028

6:00pm

DaM-FunK‘s addictive brand of analog funk has seen him go from dropping 12″s on Stones Throw to collaborating with Snoop Dogg. Now he’s taking his exhaustive appetite for tunes to !K7 with a mix for their long-running DJ-Kicks series. Available on CD and LP.

DâM-FunK is the kind of guy who seems like he’d make great company: laid-back, affable, personable. But to truly get the guy, to really understand him, is to know a deep love of music like no other. Dam’s contribution to the DJ-Kicks series gives you an opportunity to do just that. It’s a snapshot view into the mind of the pioneer of Modern-Funk music… DJ-Kicks invites you to get to know the man behind the shades.

Dam makes a lifetime of digging and absorbing music that feels as laid-back as the Santa Ana breeze. Years ago, he coined the term ‘Modern Funk’ to give context to his music. The elements of the synth-heavy and multi-layered style are gloriously displayed on DJ-Kicks. “Modern-Funk is a combination of all the sounds on the mix,” he explains. “Funk, Boogie, Electro, House, Modern-Soul, Ambient tones… a push and pull of nostalgia and progressiveness…”

At a satisfying 19 songs, DâM-FunK’s DJ-Kicks lets grooves breathe. This is a mix to happily get lost within; a document in vibe. Unexpected contemporary joints mingle with lost gems from unlikely places. The exclusive DâM-FunK production “Believer” makes its debut on DJ-Kicks, an extensive instrumental composition that on it’s own could only be classified as signature Modern-Funk. The mix also includes Dam’s excellent collaboration with Nite Jewel, as ‘Nite-Funk,’ on “Can U Read Me?”

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Dave Hill discusses and signs Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

7:00pm

With his signature matter-of-fact humor, comedian and musician Dave Hill explores his increasingly close relationship with his recently widowed father in a series of painfully funny essays you will want to read again and again by the fire, at the beach, in a truck stop men’s room, or just about anywhere. It’s your call, really.
These days, Dave has just the right amount of spare time to write books at home, preferably in his underwear, but things weren’t always perfect. When he found himself pushing thirty while still living with his parents in Cleveland, unsuited for anything but what an employment expert vaguely called a career in art, music, writing, or entertainment, he decided to visit some friends in New York for the weekend and never left. However, getting his life together wasn’t as easy as he’d hoped, and even an illegally subletted, rent controlled fifth-floor walk-up studio apartment with a (for the most part) working toilet wasn’t glamorous enough to erase the fact that his four siblings were all married with steady jobs and actual human offspring. And in recent years, Dave’s father had grown tired of loaning him cash and living alone in the empty family home, neither of which made much sense to Dave, but whatever.   Through the process of his father s eventual move to a retirement community, Dave and his dad bonded over the things in life that really matter: scorching-hot rock jams, the gluten allergy craze, eighteen-wheelers, Italian food (pizza "and" spaghetti), and whatever else could possibly be left after that. Meanwhile, Dave discovered his late-blooming manhood via experiences as disparate and dangerous as a visit to a remote Mexican prison, where he learned that people everywhere love the Eagles, and a martial arts class that pushed his resolve and his groin to their limit. In Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Hill’s voice is sharp, carefree, laced with just the right amount of profanity, and he is seemingly despite himself deeply empathetic as he portrays a difficult time in his family’s life and grows up just enough to realize that maybe he and his dad aren’t so different after all.

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Friday, May 27

John Knight

REDCAT

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

12:30pm

REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater) was carved out of the parking structure of the Walt Disney Concert Hall (home of LA Philharmonic) as CalArts' downtown venue for contemporary arts and opened its doors in 2003, shortly after the freshly inaugurated music venue. The Gallery at REDCAT was itself an addition to the original plan, which initially only included a multi-purpose performing art center. For his project at REDCAT, John Knight revisits this relationship between the two cohabiting institutions in today’s highly developed “cultural corridor” of downtown Los Angeles, considering the relationship between space, architecture, contemporary arts and real estate.

Since the late 1960s, Los Angeles-based artist John Knight has pioneered the practices of site-specificity and institutional critique, always interested in interrogating the underlying geopolitical and economic systems implicit in everyday convention. Eschewing a signature style, Knight prefers to work in situ, engaging with and responding to the context of each unique site. Often utilizing the visual strategies of architecture, advertising, and corporate design, Knight’s multilayered projects challenge the art establishment and its relationship to a larger global context.

 

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Summer Music at The Original Farmers Market

The Original Farmers Market

6333 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, 90036

7:00pm

Free Summer Music Series at The Original Farmers Market. The Original Farmers Market at Third & Fairfax is celebrating the start of the balmy nights of summer with its annual free Friday Night Music Series, running from May 27 through September 2 this year.

The series kicks off with a bang on May 27 with a performance from The International Swingers, an all-star energetic punk/’80s band that includes the Farmers Market’s very own Gary Twinn. Having previously sung vocals for Australian glam/punk rock band Supernaut, Gary Twinn of Bar 326 and E.B.’s Beer & Wine joined forces with Clem Burke (Blondie), Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols) and James Stevenson (The Cult) to form The International Swingers.

The series continues every Friday evening through September 2 as some of LA’s finest musicians perform a variety of rock, ethnic and pop tunes on the Farmers Market West Patio stage. In total, 15 acts are scheduled to bring a wide musical selection to the Market, with music and fun for patrons of all ages and tastes.

The Friday Night Music Series at the Farmers Market is free and begins at 7 p.m. The Market’s grocers, restaurants, shops and bars are open for business throughout the concerts. Parking is free for two hours with a Market validation, available with a purchase from any merchant. One hour free parking is available in the Grove parking structure. The complete series schedule is available at www.farmersmarketla.com.

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Touch Zen

Cinefamily

611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA

7:00pm

The woods of early American settlers were a territory of savage darkness:the home of the devil and mysteriously foreboding. Like the untamed American continent itself, the woods were an unknowable place,and still remain ripe for projections of fantasy and horror (see: The Witch). Surrealist photographer (and first time filmmaker) Avery Crounse’s Eyes of Fire seizes the psychology of these early settlers in this poor-man’s-punk take on the supernatural battle between good and evil, rife with impressively fantastical set pieces—from trees with faces and a mysterious naked forest-dwelling sect to rains of skulls and bones—all swung on a shoestring budget. ALL OF THEM WITCHES proudly resurrects this fierce, DIY horror flick, excavated from several realms beyond the consciousness of even the committed cult-film lover, for your late-night enjoyment.
Dir. Avery Crounse, 1983, 35mm, 90 min.

- See more at: http://www.cinefamily.org/films/all-of-them-witches/#all-of-them-witches...

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