Enjoy one-of-a-kind art projects themed around Skirball exhibitions, including Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. Reinforcing the values of collaboration, community, and caring for the world around us, projects will ignite the imaginations of your family members, whether they are 2 or 102!
5750 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036
When young filmmaker Lehmann (Gwisdek) suddenly loses funding for his current project (based on the historical drama Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist) he is faced with a serious dilemma: should he halt production, or use what little means he has at his disposal to realize his cinematic vision? Instead of producing the lavish historical epic he had planned, Lehmann is forced to work with what (and whom) he can to continue filming. Impressive sets are replaced by the local castle ruins and lay actors from the nearby village complete the films cast. Though his actors are armed with imaginary swords and clad in home-made costumes, Lehmann believes the verisimilitude of their performances and the imagination of the audience should be enough to hold the production together. Just as Kleists titular character, Lehmann is a man who fights for his beliefs; Sincerity and Justice. Prepared to go to great lengths to ensure that his film is completed, Lehmann must trust that his cast and crew are as dedicated to the production as he is.
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
(JULY 1) Armenian director Rouben Mamoulians (1897-1987) musical retelling of the story of Russian femme fatale Ninotchka features Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, and Peter Lorre with songs by Cole Porter. A discussion with David Luhrssen, author of Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen, and filmmaker Carla Garapedian follows the screening. (1957, Dir. R. Mamoulian, 117 min.) I AM ARMENIAN In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, we dedicate 2015 to an exploration of multiple facets of Armenian culture, history, and landscape through film.
6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038
Playwright Wendy Graf (No Word In Guyanese for Me) explores the journey of an all American girl (Annika Marks and Jeanne Syquia, alternating) as she develops from innocent youth to radicalized extremist. Who will save the children? All American Girl follows Katie, a bright and attractive girl committed to rescuing innocents from hardship and poverty. How does a seemingly ordinary American kid become radicalized? Is violence ever justified? These are some of the questions Graf asks in her newest play. Ive always been interested in understanding the choices people make that end up determining who they are, she explains. This play doesnt offer any answers, simply vantage points at which we pause and ask what if?
695 E. Colorado, Pasadena, CA 91101
This heroic true story of the three youngest children of a bourgeois Catholic family who worked together in the French Resistance is told by an American writer who has known and admired the family for five decades. In the autumn of 1943, Andre Boulloche became de Gaulle's military delegate in Paris, coordinating all the Resistance movements in the nine northern regions of France only to be betrayed by one of his associates, arrested, wounded by the Gestapo, and taken prisoner. His sisters carried on the fight without him until the end of the war. Andre survived three concentration camps and later became a prominent French politician who devoted the rest of his life to reconciliation of France and Germany. His parents and oldest brother were arrested and shipped off on the last train from Paris to Germany before the liberation, and died in the camps. Since then, silence has been the Boulloches's answer to dealing with the unbearable. This is the first time the family has cooperated with an author to recount their extraordinary ordeal. (Other Press)
9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Frank and fearless, tender and rowdy, Elle King's debut album, "LOVE STUFF" marks the true arrival of the young singer/songwriter/guitarist/banjoist as a pop force to be reckoned with. "I always thought I knew who I was," says King, "but now I'm really learning what kind of person I want to be. And with that comes who I am as an artist, because the songs come from who I am and what I go through."
She recorded these twelve songs with such remarkable producers as Jeff Bhasker (Fun., Kanye West), Eg White (Adele, Sam Smith), and Jacknife Lee (R.E.M., U2), and guest musicians including Mark Ronson and Patrick Carney of the Black Keys. The first single from "LOVE STUFF," "Ex's & Oh's," was #1 Most Added at AAA radio upon release; Billboard called the track "catchy and clever."
The album is the follow-up to 2012's acclaimed "The Elle King EP," which was praised by such outlets as Esquire, Vanity Fair, and Entertainment Weekly and included the single "Playing For Keeps," which was featured as the theme song for VH1's "Mob Wives Chicago" and chosen for the national TV ad campaign for "Mad Men." Following the EP's release, King toured extensively with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Train, and Of Monsters and Men, pushing back her work on new music.
1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
Maudlin Strangers is the solo project of Agoura Hills, CA native Jake Hays. Recorded in Hays' bedroom, the debut Overdose EP started as an "opportunity to play each instrument," says Hays. "Live, I only get to play guitar and sing, so the recording process is my outlet to write and play different instruments." What can only be described as dark-indie-rock, the 4-track EP combines somber lyricism masked by light, upbeat melodies. Hays not only writes all the music, but he designs all the band's artwork as well. " The EP is just an expression of all the thoughts in my weird, creepy mind," Hays laughs. The result is an ambient yet catchy body of work with hints of MuteMath and even Pink Floyd strewn throughout.