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Tuesday, February 3

Confessions of a Nazi Spy

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

1:30pm

Edward G. Robinson plays an FBI investigator tasked with unearthing a suspected international Nazi spy ring. One of three anti-Nazi films made prior to American entry into the war, this film helped sound the alarm about the looming danger in Europe. Directed by Anatole Litvak, a Jewish refugee who fled Germany as the Nazis were coming to power. Learn more about this film inside the exhibition Light & Noir: Exiles and Emigres in Hollywood, 1933-1950. (1939, 104 min. No MPAA rating.)

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Kenny Porpora: The Autumn Balloon

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd, Austin, CA 90069

7:00pm

Every autumn, Kenny Porpora would watch his heartbroken mother scribble messages on balloons and release them into the sky above Long Island, one for each family member they'd lost to addiction. As the number of balloons grew, his mother fell deeper into alcoholism, drinking away her sorrows every night in front of the television, where her love of Regis Philbin provided a respite from the sadness around her.  When their house was foreclosed upon, Kenny's mother absconded with him and his beloved dog and fled for the Arizona desert, joining her heroin-addicted brother on a quixotic search for a better life. What followed was an outlaw adolescence spent in constant upheaval surrounded by bizarre characters and drug-addicted souls.  In the wake of unspeakable loss, Kenny convinced a college to take a chance on him, and turned to the mentors, writers, and poets he found to rebuild the family he lost, and eventually graduated from the Ivy League with a new life.  Porpora's memoir is the story of a deeply dysfunctional but loving family, and follows his life from the chaos of his youth to his triumphs in the Ivy League. At times darkly comic, at times elegiac, The Autumn Balloon is a beautifully written testament to the irreplaceable bonds of family, even under the most trying circumstances, and one that marks the debut of an exciting new writer. (Grand Central Publishing)

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The Plague Dogs

Cinefamily

611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA

7:30pm

We advise you to leave the kids (and pets) at home for this one, as this rarely-screened masterpiece of “adult” animation is a disturbingly poignant experience you’ll not soon forget. A fascinating follow-up to 1978’s landmark Watership Down, The Plague Dogs can be bleak, but is totally absorbing in the way that any pulse-pounding, life-or-death human (or anthropomorphized) drama can be. Determined to escape the confines of an evil laboratory, two dogs make a flight for freedom into the rugged hills. When they accidentally break a vial used by plague researchers on their way out, the human world launches the deadliest hunt. Here is a world where animals are not a blank slate for our ideals and morality, but are the direct expression of the animals themselves; Humanity is the bad guy, and the audience is not left off the hook. The film’s starkness is lent a further heaviosity by top-tier British voice talents like John Hurt, Nigel Hawthorne, Judy Geeson and Patrick Stewart. With a beautifully lifelike visual style (Pixar’s Brad Bird was among the film’s animation crew), this rare 35mm presentation will leave you astounded.

Dir. Martin Rosen, 1982, 35mm, 103 min. - See more at: http://www.cinefamily.org/films/special-events-february-2015/#sthash.DOh...

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Wednesday, February 4

Casks & Cracklins: Dominick's Annual Pig Roast

Dominicks Restaurant

8715 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

5:00pm to 11:00pm

West Hollywood’s iconic rat-pack dining destination, Dominick’s, has partnered with Jameson Black Barrel to bring back their annual patio roast with a Casks & Cracklins Pig Roast on Wednesday, February 4th from 5pm – 11pm. Chef Brandon Boudet will once again dazzle patrons with a delicious menu of dishes featuring the Jameson Black Barrel roasted pig, $9 glasses of Dago wine and Jameson Black Barrel Cocktails.

PIG ROAST MENU:                                     

Cracklings $5

Gem Lettuces, Smoked Pistachio, Vanilla Bean & Dried Kishu Mandarin $10

Pig Roast Flatbread with Salsa Verde & Au Jus $13

Corzetti with Pig Roast Sugo $17

Roasted Pig with Fennel Pollen, Garlic, w/ Roasted Yams & Yukon Gold Potatoes $19

Roasted Yams & Yukon Gold Potatoes with Rosemary $8

Banana Cream Pie $9

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An Image / Still Life - As You See: Harun Farocki Film Series

Goethe-Institut

5750 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036

7:00pm

Ein Bild (An Image) / Stilleben (Still Life) German with English subtitles Free Admission, RSVP needed Ein Bild (An Image) Four days spent in a studio working on a centerfold photo for Playboy magazine provided the subject matter for my film. The magazine itself deals with culture, cars, a certain lifestyle. Maybe all those trappings are only there to cover up the naked woman. Maybe it’s like with a paper-doll. The naked woman in the middle is a sun around which a system revolves: of culture, of business, of living! (It’s impossible to either look or film into the sun.) One can well imagine that the people creating such a picture, the gravity of which is supposed to hold all that, perform their task with as much care, seriousness, a responsibility as if they were splitting uranium. www.farocki-film.de Stilleben (Still Life) Classic 16th and 17th century still life paintings are edited together with documentary footage from photographic studios of the 1990s; a juxtaposition of paintings and advertising. Images of money, cheese and beer are shown painted down to the last detail and meticulously staged to evoke consumer greed. Farockis film tracks the similarities and differences of two kinds of portrayals, in which goods and things almost appear as fetish objects. Free Admission, RSVP needed Info: +1 323 5253388 [email protected]

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Rob Thomas: Veronica Mars (2): An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas: Mr. Kiss and Tell

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd, Austin, CA 90069

7:00pm

In the second book in the New York Times bestselling mystery series, Veronica Mars is back with a case that will expose the hidden workings of one of Neptune's most murderous locations.  The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town's ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove--or prove--the woman's story. 

The case is a complicated mix of hard facts, mysterious occurrences, and uncooperative witnesses. The hotel refuses to turn over its reservation list and the victim won't divulge who she was meeting that night. Add in the facts that the attack happened months ago, the victim's memory is fuzzy, and there are holes in the hotel's surveillance system, and Veronica has a convoluted mess on her hands. As she works to fill in the missing pieces, it becomes clear that someone is lying--but who? And why? (Vintage)

 

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Jan-Christopher Horak discusses and signs Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

7:00pm

Academy Award winning filmmaker Saul Bass (1920-1996) defined an innovative era in cinema. With title sequences such as Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) and Billy Wilder's The Seven Year Itch (1955), he introduced the idea that opening credits could tell a story and set the mood for the movie that followed. Bass's stylistic influence can be seen in popular Hollywood franchises from the Pink Panther to James Bond, as well as in more recent works such as television's Mad Men. The first book to examine the life and work of this fascinating figure, Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design explores the designer's revolutionary career and his lasting impact on the entertainment and advertising industries.

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