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Monday, March 9

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

7:30pm

For members only. Includes a conversation with writer-director Alex Gibney
Academy Award®–winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney has never shied away from controversial subjects: from his 2007 film, Taxi to the Dark Side, which detailed the circumstance behind the death of an Afghani taxi driver at the hands of American soldiers, to his groundbreaking factual look at financial maleficence in 2005’s Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. In his newest film for HBO, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (which recently played at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival), he turns to Lawrence Wright’s exciting and tough-minded 2013 nonfiction book of the same name (Wright also serves as a producer on the documentary). Gibney gets eloquent interviews from disenchanted former members of the Church of Scientology—such as writer-director Paul Haggis and Spanky Taylor (former liaison to John Travolta). Going Clear offers a look at the history of Scientology and looks at allegations of intimidation in many forms made against the religion and its leadership. Gibney will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.

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Billy Joe Shaver

Troubadour

West Hollywood, CA 90069

8:00pm

Billy Joe Shaver has never been a household name, but his songs became country standards during the ’70s and his reputation among musicians and critics hasn’t diminished during the ensuing decades.

One of the best synopses of Shaver’s upbringing is his own song, “I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train.” When he sings, “my grandma’s old-age pension is the reason that I’m standing here today,” he ain’t kidding. The “good Christian raising” and “eighth grade education” — not to mention being abandoned by his parents shortly after being born, working on his uncles’ farms instead of going to high school, and losing part of his fingers during a job at a sawmill — are all part of his life story. “I got all my country learning,” he sings, “picking cotton, raising hell, and bailing hay.”

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Lido

The Echo

1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

8:30pm

"Who is Lido? It's the question everyone in electronic music has been asking since a string of breathtaking, unofficial remixes under that name started appearing 12 months ago—'Billboard' by S-Type, 'Ain't No Sunshine' by soul legend Bill Withers, and, controversially, 'Latch' by Disclosure, which was forcibly taken down after 24 hours and has since existed as an "urban legend" of sorts online. Everyone from Skrillex and Diplo to Ryan Hemsworth has been playing them. Who could it be? Where were they coming from.The answer: 21-year-old Norwegian producer Peder Losnegård.

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Tuesday, March 10

Alice Agneskirchners "An Apartment in Berlin"

Goethe-Institut

5750 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036

12:00pm

Villa @ Goethe presents Film and Q&A German, English and Hebrew with English subtitles. Dir. Alice Agneskirchner, Germany, 2013, 84 min., German, English and Hebrew with English subtitles, digital. Attracted by its cosmopolitan and international atmosphere, Berlin has become a magnet for young Israelis - and the three characters at the center of this film are no exception. Three generations after the Holocaust, Eyal, Yael and Yoav embark on a complex journey into the past by retracing the lives and refurnishing the original apartment of the Adlers, Galician Jews who came to Berlin 100 years ago to fulfill their dream of a free and successful life, only to be deported by the National Socialist regime. The apartment turns into a space for encounters with both the present and the past. Presented in cooperation with the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival and the Jewish Journal. Discussion with filmmaker Alice Agneskirchner, moderated by Susan Freudenheim, Executive Editor of the Jewish Journal, and reception following the screening. Please RSVP by March 9th, 2015 via 323.525.3388 or [email protected]

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

1:30pm

Director Anthony Asquith’s adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s witty Victorian-era play stars Michael Redgrave as rich bachelor Jack Worthing and Michael Denison as his debt-ridden friend Algernon Moncrieff. In an attempt to win the affections of Jack’s ward, Algernon assumes the identity of fictitious Ernest, while Jack plans to marry Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolen--until her governess reveals secrets concerning both men. (1952, 96 min. No MPAA rating.) This screening is part of the Skirball’s ongoing Classic Films series. For March and April 2015, films are organized under the theme "Princes and Paupers." March 4 marks the beginning of Purim, a Jewish holiday that commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in Persia with the aid of Queen Esther’s triumphant use of hidden identity. Taking inspiration from this story, enjoy four FREE films about mistaken identity and disguise.

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San Cisco Live Performance & Signing

Amoeba Music

6400 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

6:00pm

Australia's San Cisco visit Amoeba Hollywood to play songs from their forthcoming album, Gracetown.
Coming out of the small coastal resort of Fremantle, a beautiful town nestling in the shadow of Perth’s gleaming monoliths and separated from the more fashionable parts of Oz by thousands of miles of red dirt, you might expect the music of San Cisco to be limited in vision, comprising flimsy surf-ditties extolling the ephemeral pleasures of sun, surf and sex. You would be wrong, however. For while it would be untrue to claim that the unholy trinity of sex, sun and sea are absent from their songs, on their new album, Gracetown, the band - singer Jordi Davieson, Josh Biondillo (guitar), Nick Gardner (bass) and Scarlett Stevens (drums) - extend their sonic palette to new territories. There is a deeper, chillier feel to songs such as ‘Snow’ and a looser feel to ones like ‘Jealousy’ that signals a new sophistication and maturity. Less sun, then, and more muted shades, as well as a deeper exploration of the hormonal tangle that is postmodern sexual politics. If there is a band that better explores the ache, paranoia and oestrogen-rush of young love I don’t know it. The album shows San Cisco growing up, and this growing up is scary and magnificent to behold.

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Figaro

A Noise Within Theatre

3352 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, 91107

7:00pm

Wedding-day jitters rise to new heights in this dazzling adaptation of Beaumarchaiss classic. A New York Times Critics Pick, this infectious comedy pokes fun at ruling class entitlementsand celebrates the wit and wisdom of the not-so-common man. (Keep an eye out for special offers from our cultural partner, the LA Opera, which is mounting the Mozart work this year!) If you loved Tartuffe or are devoted to Downton Abbey, youll love every moment of the SoCal debut of this razor-sharp, fearless farce. Figaro By Charles Morey Freely adapted from Le Mariage de Figaro by Beaumarchais Directed by Michael Michetti.

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