611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA
One of our favorite Everything Is Festival late-night actioners is back — this time, with star Matt Hannon in person for his first L.A. Q&A ever! Even in an era when action sludge was more common than shoulder pads or skinny ties, 1989’s Samurai Cop stood out as a true anomaly. Perhaps living legend Joe Bob Briggs summed it up best: a “recently unearthed, soon-to-be-classic kung-fu action-comedy skin flick with gratuitous gore elements.” That’s a good start, and yet there’s so much more. Ex-Stallone bodyguard Matt Hannon stars as Joe Marshall, a rock of a man who will do literally whatever it takes to punish the guilty — even if that means taking dozens of innocent lives in the process. Teamed up with truly hilarious sidekick Frank (whose African-American-ness and genitals are mentioned waaaay more than once), Joe embarks on an adventure so psychedelically violent and sex-tastic, there’s a chance Hunter S. Thomson will return from his “space ashes” just to drool along with us. Oh, and fear not, Robert Z’Dar fans, you’ll see plenty of the chin that made the Z famous, in rare bearded form.
Dir. Amir Shervan, 1991, digital presentation, 96 min.
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Mindful Awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Mindfulness has scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being.
The free weekly drop-in sessions take place in the comfortable seats of the Billy Wilder Theater and are open to all who are interested in learning how to live more presently in life. No special clothing is required, and participants are welcome to stay for 5 minutes or enjoy the entire 30-minute session.
1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, CA 90802
(THROUGH SEPT. 1) Make Labor Day Weekend a 1930's one with total immersion into Art Deco's architecture, design, music, art, fashion, parties and more on the Queen Mary. Drink, dine, dance, learn and discover the opulence of this by-gone era through lectures, tours, parties, music, tastings and dancing. One of the greatest Maritime Monarchs in history also boasts one of the largest collections of Art Deco in the World. The 10th Annual Art Deco Festival is presented by the Queen Mary in association with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. Tickets from $25+. Overnight packages available. For full schedule and details visit: http://www.queenmary.com/events/art-deco-festival/
4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604
Innovative songwriter, producer, arranger and performer Sunnie Paxson has already proven herself as a talented jazz pianist and recording artist. Paxson has toured with Grammy award winning bassist Stanley Clarke and has recorded and/or shared the stage with many including Justo Almario, Larry Carlton, Danny Gottlieb and Michael Paulo to name a few. Her compositions and performances can be heard in feature films and television including the smash hit “Desperate Housewives.”
A native of Philadelphia, Sunnie was a child piano prodigy from a musical family. Her skills were honed by studies with world-renowned pianists Bernard Peiffer, Jimmy Amadie and Ray Santisi. Paxson attended Berklee College of Music and the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts.
Paxson was voted one of “Los Angeles’ Best Jazz Performers” in Los Angeles Magazine.
6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Cinecon strives to bring film fans the opportunity to see the latest film restorations from archives and Hollywood studios, and we are especially pleased this year to be able to present the Constance Talmadge film East Is West for the first time on any American screen since its 1922 release.
Recently restored by the EYE Institute of the Netherlands, East Is West is based on a play written by Samuel Shipman and John B. Hymer, which opened Christmas day 1918 in Manhattan’s Astor Theater, and by the standards of the day was a tremendous hit, running for nearly two years, and racking up 680 performances. The play starred future movie character actress Fay Bainter in the role of Ming Toy.
Brought to the screen by producer Joseph M. Schenck and director Sidney Franklin as a vehicle for the delightful Constance Talmadge with a scenario by screenwriter Frances Marion and photography by Tony Gaudio, East Is West has been one of the most sought-after Constance Talmadge films, and this new EYE Institute restoration brings it back to the screen.