(JULY 1) Armenian director Rouben Mamoulians (1897-1987) musical retelling of the story of Russian femme fatale Ninotchka features Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, and Peter Lorre with songs by Cole Porter. A discussion with David Luhrssen, author of Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen, and filmmaker Carla Garapedian follows the screening. (1957, Dir. R. Mamoulian, 117 min.) I AM ARMENIAN In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, we dedicate 2015 to an exploration of multiple facets of Armenian culture, history, and landscape through film.
Mindful Awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Mindfulness has scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being.
The free weekly drop-in sessions take place in the comfortable seats of the Billy Wilder Theater and are open to all who are interested in learning how to live more presently in life. No special clothing is required, and participants are welcome to stay for 5 minutes or enjoy the entire 30-minute session.
Sessions are led by instructors from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. Visit www.marc.ucla.edu to learn more about the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.
In Sharon Lockhart’s Goshogaoka, a subtle and multi-layered social portrait filmed in Japan, the exercise routines of a girls’ basketball team digress into distinct studies. Elad Lassry’s Untitled (Ghost) investigates the tradition of “spirit” or “ghost” photography, seen by some as evidence that photosensitive film can capture the immaterial, such as apparitions and auras. (S. Lockhart, Goshogaoka, 1997, 16mm, 63 min.; E. Lassry, Untitled (Ghost), 2011, 35mm film, silent 18 min.)
In 1964, an Urban League survey ranked Los Angeles as the most desirable city for African Americans to live in. In 1965, the city burst into flames during one of the worst race riots in the nation's history. How the city came to such a pass — embodying both the best and worst of what urban America offered black migrants from the South — is the story told by Dr. Josh Sides, the Whitsett Professor of California History at California State University, Northridge. Sides offers a clear-eyed and compelling look at black struggles for equality in L.A.'s neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces from the Great Depression to the present.
The Hammer and KCRW 89.9FM present Summer of Soul, four free nights of live music that shine a light on the timeless power of soul music with a diverse line-up of talented musical acts in the Hammer’s courtyard.
A happy hour with cash bar starts at 6:30 p.m. along with KCRW DJ sets followed by live music at 7:30 p.m. The museum’s gallery hours will be extended to 9 p.m. so guests can enjoy the Hammer exhibitions.
Mindfulness educator Mitra Manesh leads an art-viewing experience of works in the museum’s collection. This contemplative session takes place in the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts and is designed to deepen the art exploration experience by focusing on the suspension of judgment, creating an opportunity for art, artist, and self to be considered anew.
With bold color and playful music, the Jolly Frolics cartoon shorts produced by United Productions of America introduced audiences to a vibrant range of stories and characters. This selection highlights the Jolly Frolics’ unique spin on childhood icons like Madeline, Robin Hood, and Dr. Seuss. (35mm, color, 70 min.)
*All ages are welcome. Feel free to take a break with infants and toddlers in the theater lobby.