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Saturday, July 23

THE MUPPET MOVIE

Hollywood Forever

6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, 90038

7:15pm

The magic of Jim Henson springs to life in the beloved comedy. Kermit the Frog travels from a swamp in the south all the way to Hollywood as he dreams big with a few friends. Raucous, hilarious fun with some of comedy’s greatest, Mel Brooks, Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Richard Pryor and so many others. Miss Piggy, Gonzo, the Electric Mayhem Band and some of our other best friends shine in their big screen debut.

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ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Fantastic Planet (New 2k Restoration)

Cinefamily

611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA

10:00pm

Animation Breakdown is back with your favorite blue aliens in the 1973 cult French classic Fantastic Planet (La Planète Sauvage), the hypnotic sci-fi masterpiece by director René Laloux and illustrator Roland Topor, newly restored by Janus Films. Based on the French sci-fi novel Oms en série by Stefan Wul, Fantastic Planet follows a revolutionary clash on the alien planet Ygam, where enslaved humans—Oms—are treated as pets by their giant native blue masters—Draags—in their meditation-based utopia. Developed at the Jirí Trnka Studios in the old Czech Republic, Fantastic Planet is a landmark of hallucinatory animation, thanks to the eerie creature & backgrounds designs of surreal illustrator Roland Topor and the amazing psychedelic soundtrack by French jazz pianist Alain Goraguer (sideman of Boris Vian and Serge Gainsbourg). Following the screening, join us for a Sauvage Soirée on the patio!

The feature presentation will be preceded by Laloux’s short film, Les Escargots.

Les Escargots Dir. René Laloux, 1965, Digital Presentation, 11 minutes

Fantastic Planet Dir. René Laloux, 1973, DCP, 72 minutes

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Sunday, July 24

Chef Tila's Flavors of Thai Town Food Tour

Thai Town

Hollywood Blvd. and Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA

10:30am

When culinary personality and best-selling author Anthony Bourdain brought his "No Reservations" crew to Los Angeles he turned to Chef Jet Tila, Thai Town's honorary Mayor, to show him around. That resulted in a memorable Thai Town segment for Travel Channel's hugely popular "No Reservations" series. Chef Jet was appointed as the official Thai Culinary Ambassador to the United States by the Royal Thai Government in 2013.

Savvy food tourists can now personally experience that same, ultimate, insiders' tour, previously available only to prominent journalists and distinguished visiting chefs with celebrity chef and national culinary personality Jet Tila as their personal guide. You'll experience the best tastes of Thai Town as carefully selected by Jet Tila who grew up in the area. Thai people frequent restaurants for one particular signature dish, and Jet will showcase the best of these for his guests including papaya salad, jade noodles, and a rich coconut banana fritter. 

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John Doe discusses and signs Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk with Tom DeSavia and Jane Wiedlin!

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

4:00pm

Under the Big Black Sun explores the nascent Los Angeles punk rock movement and its evolution to hardcore punk as it's never been told before. Authors John Doe and Tom DeSavia have woven together an enthralling story of the legendary West Coast scene from 1977-1982 by enlisting the voices of people who were there. The book shares chapter-length tales from the authors along with personal essays from famous (and infamous) players in the scene. Additional authors include: Exene Cervenka (X), Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Mike Watt (The Minutemen), Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey (Go-Go's), Dave Alvin (The Blasters), Chris D. (The Flesh Eaters), Robert Lopez (The Zeros, El Vez), Jack Grisham (T.S.O.L.), Teresa Covarrubias (The Brat), as well as scenesters and journalists Pleasant Gehman, Kristine McKenna, and Chris Morris. Through interstitial commentary, John Doe "narrates" this journey through the land of film noir sunshine, Hollywood back alleys, and suburban sprawl, the place where he met his artistic counterparts Exene, DJ Bonebrake, and Billy Zoom and formed X, the band that became synonymous with, and in many ways defined, L.A. punk.

Focusing on punk's evolutionary years, Under the Big Black Sun shares stories of friendship and love, ambition and feuds, grandiose dreams and cultural rage, all combined with the tattered, glossy sheen of pop culture weirdness that epitomized the operations of Hollywood's underbelly. Readers will travel to the clubs that defined the scene, as well as to the street corners, empty lots, apartment complexes, and squats that served as de facto salons for the musicians, artists, and fringe players that hashed out what would become punk rock in Los Angeles.   L.A. punk was born from rock 'n' roll, from country and blues and Latin music, the true next step in the evolution of rock 'n' roll music. It was born of art, culture, political, and economic frustration. It spoke of a Los Angeles that existed when regionalism still reigned in the USA. It sounded like Los Angeles.   For the first time, the stories and photos from this now-fabled era are presented from those on the front lines. Stories that most have never heard about the art that was born under the big black sun. (Da Capo)

John will be in conversation with Tom DeSavia and Jane Wiedlin!

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USA BASKETBALL SHOWCASE: USA BASKETBALL VS. TEAM CHINA

STAPLES Center

1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015

5:00pm

The 2016 USA Basketball Showcase presented by Verizon will feature the USA Basketball Men’s National Team playing five domestic exhibition games and conducting training camps which includes a stop in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on July 24 vs. China. Tickets for the USA Basketball Showcase exhibition games go on sale starting April 29. VIP ticket packages available in select markets.

“With only a short period of training available, our training and exhibition games are critical in helping us prepare for the challenges we will face in Rio in defending our gold medal,” said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman and national team managing director. “We’re excited to give USA Basketball fans nationwide the opportunity to see their USA National Team in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago and Houston.”

“Building our team chemistry quickly is vital, and the 2016 USA Basketball Showcase will offer our players and coaches the opportunity to become familiar with each other, to develop chemistry and to gain critical international experience against a variety of differing styles,” said USA and Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “We’ll face some excellent and experienced international teams, which will be important in our preparations. Playing five exhibition games in the United States in front of home crowds will be memorable for our players and fans alike, and we look forward to representing the United States in the best manner we can.”

The 2016 Olympic Games men’s basketball competition will feature national teams from 12 countries competing Aug. 6-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The 31 finalists for the U.S. Men’s Olympic Team include: LaMarcus Aldridge; Carmelo Anthony; Harrison Barnes; Bradley Beal; Jimmy Butler; Mike Conley; DeMarcus Cousins; Stephen Curry; Anthony Davis; DeMar DeRozan; Andre Drummond; Kevin Durant; Kenneth Faried; Rudy Gay; Paul George; Draymond Green; Blake Griffin; James Harden; Gordon Hayward; Dwight Howard; Andre Iguodala; Kyrie Irving; LeBron James; DeAndre Jordan; Kawhi Leonard; Damian Lillard; Kevin Love; Chris Paul; Klay Thompson; John Wall; and Russell Westbrook.

The exhibition tour is being promoted by AEG Live’s Concerts West.

 

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THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES LOBSTER FESTIVAL FOOD AND MUSIC WEEKEND

LA WATERFRONT

504 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, 90731

5:00pm

Welcome to the home of the worlds largest lobster festival, The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival, winner of four Guinness World Records. We feature fresh discount Maine lobster meals flown in fresh daily and cooked on the spot, and plenty of free entertainment. Lobster lovers can tour the USS IOWA or just marvel the grand drama of Americas largest port. After feasting on our world famous discount Maine lobster meals, lobster rolls, lobster mac & cheese, lobster quesadillas and more. Our guests enjoy dancing, street performers, tall ships berthed nearby, shopping for arts and crafts, and musical performances by some of todays best up-and-coming acts.

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BULLFIGHTER AND THE LADY / RIDE LONESOME

Aero Theater

1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, 90403

7:30pm

Our tribute to director Budd Boetticher concludes with this double feature. BULLFIGHTER AND THE LADY stars Robert Stack as a brash American entering the traditional world of Mexican toreros. Then, RIDE LONESOME stars Randolph Scott as a sheriff turned bounty hunter. Introduction by author Jeremy Arnold.

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ALL OF THEM WITCHES: The Girl on the Broomstick

Cinefamily

611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA

7:30pm

All cooped up for 300 years, bored young sorceress Saxana (Petra Cernocka) illicitly enchants herself into the human realm, only to end up in a mortal high school. When the only way to get home is to procure a hag’s ear, Saxana embarks on her own mystical comedy of errors in which the teachers become rabbits, the principal’s head goes missing, and – worst of all – she keeps getting caught passing notes. With her own sly yet amateur brand of magic, Saxana works spells in pursuit of friendship, mischief, and to get back home to her castle – all girded by a mysterious soundtrack of fuzzy slow-jazz grooves (some of which Petra performs herself!). A fable with plenty of signature Czech charm, dramatic costuming, and tongue-in-cheek humor, The Girl on the Broomstick is a vintage treasure and a staple fantasy adventure for all of them witches out there.

Dir. Václav Vorlícek, 1972, 35mm, 76 min.

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