Thursday, March 14, 2013

Events for March 14-20, 2013


Danny Boyle (American Cinematheque)



A Conversation with Danny Boyle @ The Aero (Santa Monica)
The British director's body of work boasts something for everyone, whether you love the gritty (Trainspotting), the scary (28 Days Later), the uplifting (Slumdog Millionaire), the sci-fi (Sunshine) or the dramatic (127 Hours). Be on hand for a discussion between him and fellow director Josh Trank (Chronicle) in anticipation of the April 5 release of Boyle's upcoming thriller, Trance, which stars James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel.


Rebecca Miller @ Book Soup (West Hollywood)

The multi-hyphenate film director (The Ballad of Jack and Rose, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee)/screenwriter/author/actress/mother/wife of Daniel Day-Lewis/daughter of Arthur Miller and Inge Morath just released her latest novel, Jacob's Folly, last week. In 18th-century Paris, Jacob Cerf is a Jewish peddler, and 200 years later, he finds himself reincarnated as a fly in the Long Island suburbs. She discusses and signs the truly original work at Book Soup tonight.


Smoked n' Sour Bruery Night @ Little Bear (Downtown)
Two of OC's best breweries (the Bruery and Beachwood Brewing) teamed up for Mrs. Stoutfire, a new Imperial Smoked Stout aged on a blend of apple, white oak and pecan wood chips that Beachwood uses for their award-winning barbecue, and the Arts District beer café debuts the collaboration in Los Angeles with an all-out extravaganza. Aside from Mrs. Stoutfire, the tap list includes Oude Tart, Tart of Darkness, Sour in the Rye, 5 Golden Rings, Saison de Lente and Mischief. Plus, there are optional food pairings such as a Mini Pastrami Melt, Pork Belly Confit Bruschetta and Moroccan Lamb Sliders.

Nick Offerman and Keith Poulson (Tribeca)



Somebody Up There Likes Me @ The Cinefamily (Mid-City West)
It usually takes something extremely funny in a film for me to actually laugh out loud, and I sat here laughing in front of my computer during the trailer for the latest indie comedy from Bob Byington (RSO [Registered Sex Offender], Harmony and Me), starring Nick Offerman, Keith Poulson, Jess Weixler and Megan Mullally. The film begins its weeklong run at the Cinefamily tonight with a Q&A with Byington and Offerman, moderated by Offerman's "Parks and Recreation" cast mate Chris Pratt. The director/actor duo will be on hand for Q&As after the screenings on Saturday (moderated by Jason Schwartzman) and Sunday (moderated by Zach Galifianakis) as well. Expect much hilarity to ensue.

In Theaters This Week

Besides films like The Machinist and Happy Accidents, Brad Anderson has directed episodes of shows such as "Fringe," "Treme," "Boardwalk Empire" and "The Killing." His latest film, The Call, stars Halle Berry as a 911 operator who receives a call from an abducted girl (Abigail Breslin) and is forced to confront a killer from her past; Speaking of "Boardwalk Empire," Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey and Steve Carell play comedically magic masters of illusion in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Also in theaters: Ginger & Rosa; My Amityville Horror; Somebody Up There Likes Me; Upside Down


Opening of Ice Cream Lab (Beverly Hills)
My favorite food in the entire world is ice cream, so you can bet I'll be trying out the first made-to-order ice cream shop in Los Angeles. Witness molecular gastronomy at work when you step into co-founders Joseph Lifschutz and Tommy Ngan's "lab." Choose a (cream or nonfat yogurt) base, see a lab tech blast it with liquid nitrogen then add in your chosen organic mix-ins. I can't wait to go!



LA Marathon Deals @ SBE Restaurants
Whether you're running or cheering on the marathoners, you'll certainly be famished by dinnertime on Sunday, and SBE restaurants have got you covered. If runners bring their bib numbers to The Bazaar by José Andrés, Cleo, Katsuya (Hollywood or Brentwood) or Mercato di Vetro, they get 26.2 percent off their entire bill. Spectators receive a complimentary dessert if they take a photo of themselves in front of the race as it passes any of the SBE locations listed above, upload it to Facebook/Instagram/Twitter as @sbeCollection #sbeFoodie (with a minimum $20 purchase).


ShamRock-N-Roll @ The Pasadena Playhouse (Pasadena)
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in a totally unique way with a celebration for the opening of "One Night with Janis Joplin," from 1p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Pasadena Playhouse. There will be an outdoor stage with performances from Dread Zeppelin, Cerny Brothers, Shillaly Brothers and Aquarius, an art gallery, entertainment by the Cherry Boom Boom dancers, a beer garden sponsored by Stone Brewing Co., plenty of food trucks and Joplin's psychedelically painted 1965 365c Porsche Cabriolet will be on display. The production runs through April 11 and takes the audience on a musical journey through the life and inspirations of the music legend.

Bernhoft (Fred Jonny)



Bernhoft @ Hotel Café (Hollywood)

When the first date for Bernhoft's appearance at Hotel Café tomorrow sold out, they added this show to appease Angeleno's demand. It's the Norwegian retro-soul singer/multi-instrumentalist's first shows here in over two years, so he'll be unveiling plenty of new material. Just give "C'mon Talk" one listen, and you'll find yourself getting in line for a ticket, too.



Wavves, FIDLAR, Cheatahs @ The Echo (Echo Park)
If you live in Los Angeles and haven't heard of Wavves or FIDLAR, you most definitely need to get yourself to this show. The duo of Wavves are set to release their fourth album, Afraid of Heights, on March 26 via Mom + Pop, which just so happens to be the home of the FIDLAR foursome, who released their self-titled, full-length debut in January. Opening the night are the UK-based rockers known as Cheatahs.

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