8818 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069
By now, everyone in the world knows the song "Gangnam Style" and Psy, an instantly recognizable star. But the song's international popularity is no passing fad. "Gangnam Style" is only one tool in South Korea's extraordinarily elaborate and effective strategy to become a major world superpower by first becoming the world's number one pop culture exporter. As a child, Euny Hong moved from America to the Gangnam neighbourhood in Seoul. She was a witness to the most accelerated part of South Korea's economic development, during which time it leapfrogged from third-world military dictatorship to first-world liberal democracy on the cutting edge of global technology. Euny Hong recounts how South Korea vaulted itself into the twenty-first century, becoming a global leader in business, technology, education, and pop culture. Featuring lively, in-depth reporting and numerous interviews with Koreans working in all areas of government and society, The Birth of Korean Cool reveals how a really uncool country became cool, and how a nation that once banned miniskirts, long hair on men, and rock 'n' roll could come to mass produce boy bands, soap operas, and the world's most important smart phone. (Picador USA)
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
We know you can't wait an extra ten hours to get the new Haruki Murakami novel -- this is the book, by the way, that sold over a million copies in its first week on sale in Japan. We can't wait, either, so on Monday, August 11, we're going to stay open until midnight so we can celebrate the release of this highly anticipated new novel in style and right as the clock strikes 12:01.
North of US-101 and West of Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills, CA 91307
One of the best shows of the season is in our skies with the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. Bring a blanket, lie back and see if you can catch a few “shooting stars” and enjoy the full moon. Plus there will be telescopes for viewing the moon, Saturn and other celestial features, as well as star stories to entertain all ages. Meet at the Victory Blvd. entrance trailhead. 2 hours.
(THROUGH AUG. 23) HollyShorts has emerged into the biggest celebration of short form content. Over $100K prizes for accepted filmmakers will be awarded.
HollyShorts has grown from a small one-day event to the biggest independent short film celebration in Los Angeles. HollyShorts anticipates over 20,000 attendees for the 10th annual week-long celebration, which will include screenings, daily networking events, panels, seminars, a short film market, the top next generation filmmakers from around the world and the 2nd edition of the HollyShorts Film Conference at the world famous Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood.
HollyShorts Film Festival is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. HollyShorts is devoted to the advancement of filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 30- minutes or less. For more information please visit www.hollyshorts.com.