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Saturday, July 30

The Obon Festival

West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple

2003 Corinth Avenue, West Los Angeles, 90025

4:00pm

Obon is a Buddhist observance that was originally observed in Mahayana Buddhist countries, including China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Obon season is a time to express our gratitude to loved ones who have passed on before us. Without them, we would not be who we are today, due to the basic tenet of interdependence. We would not be where we are and we would not be able to do the things we do to enjoy life. Just think about the number of people involved in creating each of us. If we go back just thirty generations, we can calculate that there were over two billion parents, starting with our two parents, their four parents, and so onand thats just the physical part. Since were all influenced by a countless number of beings, our interconnections, and therefore our debt of gratitude, is without bounds. Thus, temples hold an Obon memorial service to enable people to pay tribute to the departed. The service is usually held separately from the festival so that the sangha (Buddhist community) can participate in this solemn and respectful remembrance in quiet reflection. The word Obon is the abbreviated name of the ancient Ullambana Sutra, whose Japanese pronunciation is Urabon. The sutra tells of the Buddhist monk, Maudgalyayana (Mokuren in Japanese) who offered food to the sangha in an effort to release his mother from her hellish torments. When she became liberated, her son is said to have danced for joy.

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Sunday, July 31

Monday, August 1

See the Michael Jackson Exhibit at the Grammy Museum

GRAMMY Museum

800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 90015

11:15am

"The overwhelming response to our earlier exhibits speaks to Jackson's unparalleled place in music history and the public's deep connection to his music.  We're excited to share even more of Jackson's life and legacy with his fans and we hope it serves as a fitting tribute to one of the most significant entertainers in music history."

- Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum

In October 2009 the GRAMMY Museum debuted Michael Jackson: A Musical Legacy, the temporary memorial display that was launched following Jackson's death in June 2009. The Museum’s current tribute to Jackson resides on the third floor and features two cases of artifacts that portray Jackson’s early career as a member of the Jackson 5, and his successful solo career as a singer and performer. Featured artifacts include Jackson's trademark sequin gloves, elaborately embellished jackets and items worn in the music video for his hit song “Thriller,” including the famous varsity jacket and red leather jacket. 

 

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Possession

Cinefamily

611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA

7:30pm

Capturing the energy generated when two people whose lives are so intensely fused and woven are forcibly split, Possession is an emotional nuclear explosion. If all we were given were its operatic and shamanistic performances by leads Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill, it’s impossible-to-describe music by Andrzej Korzynski, and its masterful, hyper-kinetical ballet of camera choreography — all delivered with the force of a long-suppressed traumatic memory — then Possession would already be the best film about divorce ever filmed. But when the angels and demons of our inner nature are literally incarnated in phantasmagorical form — the kind requiring the talents of Oscar-winning creature FX master Carlo Rambaldi (who, instead of making a cutey-pie “E.T.”, concocts a tentacled Lovecraftian octo-sex-demon) — you have the kind of explosively cathartic and entertaining experience that leads to movie-lover nirvanic bliss. Welcome to Possession, your new favorite movie.

Dir. Andrzej Zulawski, 1981, 35mm, 123 min.

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Fantastic Planet

Cinefamily

611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA

10:30pm

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!

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

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Tuesday, August 2

THE HISTORIC BEATLES TOUR OF 1964

GRAMMY Museum

800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 90015

7:30pm

SOME FUN TONIGHT! THE BACKSTAGE STORY OF HOW THE BEATLES ROCKED AMERICA: THE HISTORIC TOUR OF 1964. Learn how The Beatles changed the rock & roll touring industry with their groundbreaking, earthshaking, moneymaking 1964 tour of the United States and Canada where they performed 32 shows in just 33 days! Fab Four Exhibits author and collector Chuck Gunderson will cover the intricate role that Beatles manager Brian Epstein played — and the risks and rewards involved in planning this monumental tour. Attendees will trail the group from coast to coast as Gunderson describes in detail the cheeky quotes delivered at the press conferences and the mayhem that followed them to each city. Guests will also hear the story about one flamboyant promoter who paid over five times their normal fee to convince The Beatles to play in his city. Gunderson will describe the venues, examine the contract riders and even discuss the support acts that warmed up the crowd prior to The Beatles' set. The evening will also feature rare footage, including interviews of the group that changed the face of music forever. In conjunction with its current special exhibit, Ladies And Gentlemen…The Beatles! (curated by the GRAMMY Museum and Fab Four Exhibits), the GRAMMY Museum is pleased to welcome back Gunderson to the Clive Davis Theater for his riveting multimedia presentation.

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