611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA
The once-in-a-generation filmmaker behind Love Exposure, Cold Fish and Guilty of Romance is back with yet another endlessly irreverent, wild and hilariously visceral big-screen thrill that’s almost too much for words. Even in a cinematic landscape where every second or third Japanese film is totally crazy-pants, Sion Sono’s body of work is unparalleled in its ability to seamlessly blend a melee of outré ideas with such a solidly humanist core. His latest to hit Stateside, Why Don’t You Play In Hell? is a love letter to the yakuza movies of yore, to the local Cinefamily-esque “film clubs” of his youth and to 35mm film itself. There’s a war going on, but that won’t stop the inexperienced, wannabe crew The F*** Bombers from making the ultimate action epic of their dreams. Their wish comes true in the form of a yakuza boss who, on the eve of his revenge against a deadly rival, bankrolls the Bombers’ masterpiece: a real, live blood-soaked gangster battle to the death — captured on 35mm! Infused with his trademark excess and outrageousness, this is Sion Sono with his talent and unique vision totally unleashed.
Dir. Sion Sono, 2013, DCP, 130 min. -
6010 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Jackson Whalan creates a refreshing blend of hip-hop, world, soul, and electronic bass music, made from the heart to uplift the human spirit. Jackson, also known as Ty or Tynan, is A skilled rapper, DJ, producer, and co-founding member of the live band Technicolor Lenses (Brooklyn, NY). Recording music and rapping since his early teens, Jackson is highly evolved in his fearless and energetic expression, which he uses to invigorate the soul, send a positive message, and bring people together in celebration. He loves to write songs and freestyle, make beats, collaborate with other artists, work in the studio, and travel doing live shows. Jackson works with many people, ranging from renowned cellist Dave Eggar, to electronic producers like Space Jesus, Esseks, and M!NT (Planet Cognac), producer Ian Stewart, and rappers like Mr. Lif, Phaseone, Truth Now, and David Weber(Soham)to name a few. Jackson and his band have shared bills with acts such as Phutureprimitive, Big Gigantic, Gramatik, polish Embassador, Break Science, Govinda, DJ Drez, Luminaries, Srikalogy, eitch, Carmen Crow, V Zone, and many more.
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Spend Christmas Eve with a huge aquatic family – there are over 11,000 animals at the Aquarium waiting to gobble up their dinners. You can watch them feed and then you and your family can chow down yourself – no muss, no fuss, no cooking, no cleaning! So tuck into turkey and all the fixings, right up through the pumpkin pie
6067 WILSHIRE BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES, 90036
Learn what really goes into making the costumes for your favorite movies – see the costumes themselves and learn about how they were made in this amazing exhibit with more than 150 costumes from iconic films. Not just a show for clothes horses, kids will be fascinated to learn that Indiana Jones wears basically the same pants as California police officers, how Katniss got her leather jacket and see Dorothy’s actual gingham dress and the most famous shoes in the world. Breathtaking to see, the story behind these clothes that made your favorite movies what they are is even more amazing.
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
1939, 220 minutes, color, DCP | Directed by Victor Fleming; screenplay by Sidney Howard, based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell; with Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O’Neil, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Rutherford.
A young woman in the Civil War South leaves a trail of men in her wake as she struggles to maintain the family home against all adversity.
135 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, 90012
(DEC. 24) The Emmy® Award-winning 55th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration – your L.A. tradition! Music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of the region celebrate the season during this free, three-hour holiday show that is perfect for the whole family. And, for the first time, this beloved program will be broadcast on PBS SoCaL, the PBS station for Greater Los Angeles. New to the show this year are the all female, Latin Grammy-nominated music group Trio Ellas; Verizon Wireless How Sweet the Sound regional finalist Greater LA Cathedral Choir; Western Standard Time, a 20-piece Jamaican jazz big band, performing holiday classics with a ska twist; and Latin/jazz fusion ensemble Buyepongo, presenting cumbia infused holiday music. Dance highlights include Los Angeles Ballet, performing the “Arabian dance” from The Nutcracker; JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble, returning with a new piece inspired by Hebrew and Arabic melodies; and Hālau Keali`i O Nālanis, who perform traditional Hawaiian dance to Grammy Award®-winner Daniel Ho’s “Soon It Will Be Christmas.” Spreading holiday cheer are choral groups Palmdale High School Choral Union; Salvation Army Tabernacle Children’s Chorus; Young Angels Choir, performing a traditional Korean folk song; and more. Watch it live on PBS SoCaL and pbssocal.org from 3-6 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. - midnight. See it free at The Music Center, 3-6 p.m. Stream it live at www.kcet.org. Dec 24; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, 90012; FREE; Information hotline: (213) 972-3099 or www.HolidayCelebration.org