Thursday, June 13, 2013

Events for June 13-19, 2013


Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives, screening June 20


Los Angeles Film Festival @ Various Locations (Downtown)

Film Independent's annual event showcases the best in world cinema, and its 19th festival boasts narratives from emerging filmmakers like Aaon Douglas Johnston (My Sister's Quinceanera), Janis Nords (Mother, I Love You) and Kamal K.M. (I.D.), thought-provoking documentaries, special screenings of Pedro Almodóvar's I'm So Excited!, Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling's latest Only God Forgives, Vera Farmiga in The Conjuring and Steve Carrell and Toni Collette in The Way, Way Back, as well as free showings of Dazed and Confused and Brasslands for the public. There are also panels on women editors, iconic costume design and Indiewire; conversations with this year's Spirit of Independence Award winner David O. Russell, Spike Jonze, Justin Lin, Ricky Jay and David Mamet; and master classes with actress/comedienne Maya Rudolph and composer Gustavo Santaolalla. Through June 23.


Said the Whale @ Bootleg Bar (Westlake)
The Vancouver fivesome just released a new EP, I Love You, featuring the infectious title track, the inspiring love song "Barbara-Ann" and the dance-inducing "Mother" and kicked off a national tour in support of the release last week. Find out why the group is so popular in Canada that there's even a beer dedicated to them (the cleverly named 'Said the Ale') in one of the city's best intimate venues.



In Theaters This Week
Sofia Coppola directs Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang, Claire Julien and Israwel Broussard as a group of teenagers who are so caught up in an obsession with celebrity culture that they burglarize stars' homes in The Bling Ring; While most were swooning over Jonathan Rhys Meyers in "The Tudors," I was smitten with Henry Cavill, aka the new Superman in Man of Steel (with a story by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan and directed by Zack Snyder). So glad that the rest of the world is finally catching on. Also starring Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Laurence Fishburne and Kevin Costner; This Is the End marks the directorial debut of the writing team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and focuses on Rogen and his celebrity friends (James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson) facing the apocalypse. Also in theaters: 20 Feet From Stardom; Berberian Sound Studio; Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story; The Guillotines; Hatchet III; Pandora's Promise


The Dandy Warhols @ The Wiltern (Koreatown)
This year commemorates 13 years since the release of the Portland, Ore. band's breakthrough album, Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia, so they just released a newly remastered and expanded anniversary edition of the landmark release earlier this week. The deluxe edition includes an additional disc full of session outtakes, early and alternate mixes and demos of the original 13 tracks. The group also celebrates the anniversary with a slew of special performances of Thirteen Tales in its entirety, which begins its West Coast run tonight at the Wiltern.

Lee Ritenour (Rob Shanahan)


Playboy Jazz Festival @ Hollywood Bowl (Hollywood)
Hugh Hefner has said, "I've had a lot of things to be proud of in my life. But nothing more, quite frankly, than the Jazz Festival," and considering all of his accomplishments that is a huge statement. However, if you've ever attended the fest, Hef's words might not be such a big surprise. Celebrating its 35th year, the two-day event features performances by legends such as Herbie Hancock, Jeffrey Osborne, guitarist Lee Ritenour, Sheila E. and Taj Mahal. Also on the bill are Angelique Kidjo and India.Arie.


Pitch Perfect @ Exposition Park (South Los Angeles)
Street Food Cinema presents a screening of the musical comedy starring Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson and Anna Camp as a college singing group taking on their male campus rivals. The evening is hosted by comedian Grant Cotter and features a performance from local band Raheem Cohen. The Mandoline Grill, Cousin's Maine Lobster, India Jones, Seoul Sausage and Mercedes Binge are just a few of the food trucks that will be on hand as well.

The Kid


Father's Day Matinee @ The Cinefamily (Mid-City West)
After brunch, take your dad to a double feature of an early Charlie Chaplin feature – and his full-length directorial debut – The Kid, where the Tramp adopts an abandoned child who becomes his sidekick, and the 1918 short, A Dog's Life. You'll laugh, cry and always remember this special afternoon together.

Goldfinger/Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade @ The Egyptian (Hollywood)
Then, after dinner, treat Dad to American Cinematheque's evening of action. First up is Sean Connery as Bond as he takes on Auric Goldfinger and relishes the company of Honor Blackman and Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. Afterwards, Steven Spielberg directs Harrison Ford in his iconic Indiana Jones role with Connery stepping into the shoes of his father who has been kidnapped by the Nazis in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I remember seeing this third Indy film with my own dad back in 1989.



John Grant @ The Echo (Echo Park)
The former frontman of the Czars resides in Iceland and visits the states in support of his sophomore effort, Pale Green Ghosts, which released last month. His haunting baritone delivers deeply honest yet witty songs that touch on issues of heartbreak, past addictions and even his HIV-positive status. But don't expect to spend an evening down in the dumps, he's got all-out dance tracks, like "Black Belt," which are guaranteed to get you moving. Witness his thoroughly unique and powerful voice live at the Echo tonight with opening act Craig Wedren.



Marcus Samuelsson Book Party @ Sang Yoon's Private Test Kitchen (Culver City)
The Top Chef Masters winner penned a memoir, Yes, Chef, which was just released in paperback and documents his life as an adopted Ethiopian child growing up in Sweden and eventually taking New York's culinary world by storm. L.A. chefs Sang Yoon and Sherry Yard celebrate the chef with a cocktail party, serving dishes inspired by his book, such as Berbere-spiced leg of lamp and smoked eel. In addition Yard serves some of her awe-inspiring desserts and Yoon presents some Father's Office beer and cocktail favorites.

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