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Wednesday, August 12

You, the living


611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA


The second installment in Roy Andersson’s “living trilogy” inhabits the same creepily beautiful milieu as its predecessor, Songs from the Second Floor. Zombie-like characters lumber through another batch of grim and risible vignettes, like a poem cycle starring a collection of droopy clowns. Despite the characters’ existential dread, the film is brisk and silly—like a mash-up of Buster Keaton and Kafka—with a particularly spirited soundscape. Cartoonishly oversized trumpets and drums, the sounds of the Swedish city, ceremonial refrains, a dirge, the strumming of a rock guitarist—and most importantly, the weary characters’ whiny soliloquies—form a veritable symphony, buoying along mundane and miserable lives with irreverent pomp. Aided by this propulsive musicality, Andersson’s quippy critiques of capitalism and indulgences in paranoia move from funerals to nightmarish trials, stunningly presented with his trademark static shots of his hand-built alternate reality.

Dir. Roy Andersson, 2007, 35mm, 95 min.


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Summer Family Lounge

Skirball Center

2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90049


Every Wednesday in July and August, the Family Lounge will feature fun ’70s-inspired activities to help you tune in and rock on! At varying times throughout the day, activities will include weaving God’s eyes, beading, jamming to music, painting pet rocks, and more. Activities subject to cancellation.

Share your story! Peel back the plastic of your old family photo albums and send in your best ’70s snapshot for display in the lounge. E-mail your photo to [email protected]. By sharing your photo you give permission for the image to be displayed and posted on social media.

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Bomba Estereo Live Performance & Signing

Amoeba Hollywood

6400 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 90028


The party-starting Colombian band visits Amoeba to play a special acoustic set and to sign copies of their new album, Amanecer (out now on CD and LP on Sony Latin). Their 2009 in-store performance is still one of our faves!

"… rolling, percussive beat of carnival in Baranquilla, hypnotically chiming guitars, and, best of all, the warm, reedy voice of Liliana Saumet. Saumet's vocals unfailingly humanize Bomba Estereo's layered electronic grooves." – Banning Eyre, NPR

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Disciples of Babylon

King KIng

6555 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, 90028


Rock act Disciples of Babylon sets the stage to launch its debut EP Welcome To Babylon worldwide with a FREE record release concert performing at King King in Hollywood, California on Wednesday August 12th.

Disciples of Babylon™ (DOB) is an international rock band based in Hollywood, California. The group was founded in 2012 and includes Eric Knight on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, lead guitarist Ramon Blanco, bassist Gui Bodi and on drums Ray Rojo. The Disciples of Babylon can be compared to the likeness of music’s biggest heavy-hitters including Muse, The Foo Fighters, Queen, The Who, Stone Temple Pilots, U2 & Led Zeppelin. The band's main musical aspirations are to incorporate key stylistic elements of all great Rock music eras into their music to create a large stadium-worthy sound that thrills all audiences it encounters and proves once and for all that Rock music is here to stay. As seasoned musicians, the members of DOB individually have accumulated several national releases independently and some having opened for the biggest names in Rock music including Aerosmith, KISS, The Dave Matthews Band, and Kid Rock. The band members have toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad, and have been featured at popular music festivals such as the Vans’ Warped Tour. Find out more at: www.disciplesofbabylon.com

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Scott Wilbanks discusses and signs The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd, Austin, CA 90069


Annabelle Aster doesn't bow to convention-not even that of space and time-which makes the 1890s Kansas wheat field that has appeared in her modern-day San Francisco garden easy to accept. Even more peculiar is Elsbeth, the truculent schoolmarm who sends Annie letters through the mysterious brass mailbox perched on the picket fence that now divides their two worlds.  Annie and Elsbeth's search for an explanation to the hiccup in the universe linking their homes leads to an unsettling discovery-and potential disaster for both of them. Together they must solve the mystery of what connects them before one of them is convicted of a murder that has yet to happen...and yet somehow already did.

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Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024


In Anna Deavere Smith’s stunning work of documentary theater, the acclaimed actor/playwright portrays a multitude of real individuals who experienced the violent aftermath of the 1992 Rodney King trial. Using their words verbatim, she exposes and explores the devastating human impact of that event. Followed by a discussion and audience Q&A with Brenda E. Stevenson, UCLA, author of The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender, and the Origins of the LA Riots. (2000, Dir. M. Levin, 76 min.)

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