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June 30, 2011
If film festivals can be roughly divided into two camps — the A-list, red-carpet types and the scrappy indie variety — the Everything Is Festival certainly belongs to the latter. Its quirky programming includes a panel of past and present writers from Conan O'Brien's talk shows, a motivational lecture by the party enthusiast and rocker Andrew W.K. and found-footage screenings. Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 7:45-11:15 p.m. Thurs., 7:45 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri., 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat., noon-2 a.m. Sun. 2-10 p.m. Mon. Individual programs $10-$14, festival pass $90 (pass required for Mon. event)
April 26, 2014 | By Chris Lee
The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival audience has spoken. And at wrap party Saturday for the Heineken Audience Awards in New York City,  festival entries in the feature film and documentary categories were celebrated with top honors (as well as a pair of $25,000 cash prizes). “ Chef ,” an indie drama starring, written and directed by Jon Favreau -- best known for mega-budget studio fare such as “Iron Man 2” and “Cowboys & Aliens” -- landed TFF's Narrative Award for best feature.
February 14, 2010
Ascending Dragon Music Festival What: 17 concerts performed by Southwest Chamber Music and musicians from the Vietnam National Academy of Music Where: Pasadena, Los Angeles, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City When: Feb. 27 through May 3 Information:
April 26, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival may have wrapped up last week, but still unfurling in Coachella's Pueblo Viejo District is an ambitious project that has brought together about a dozen muralists and international contemporary artists. "Coachella Walls," which has no formal connection to the Goldenvoice-produced festival, is billed as an "arts-driven community revitalization project. " Its organizers are Coachella-based Date Farmers Art Studios, a.k.a., the artists Armando Lerma and Carlos Ramirez, who grew up in the area and now show their work at Ace Gallery in Los Angeles.
July 18, 2010
6 p.m. Sunday and July 25 iPalpiti Soloists at "Sundays Live!," Los Angeles County Museum of Art Bing Theater, free 7 p.m. Wednesday iPalpiti Soloists at Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, $30 8 p.m. Thursday iPalpiti Soloists and Orchestra at Hannon Theatre, Mount St. Mary's College, $10 6 p.m. Saturday Festival finale, Walt Disney Concert Hall, $20-$90 Information:, (310) 205-0511
September 30, 2010
The bearded, be-sunglassed synthpop lothario Sébastien Tellier leads a crowd of Gallic gadflies at the Ooh La L.A. festival this weekend, when impossible cool and the soothing purr of Francophile lyrics will revive the ghost of Gainsbourg. The electronica crew Gotan Project and the Beatles-indebted (clearly!) act Revolver are other highlights. Various venues, Thu.-Sat. $10-$35 per show.
August 15, 2013
The "Everything Is" festival, presented by Cinefamily and Everything Is Terrible!, is back. The festival takes a supersonic nose dive into the world's weirdest found film footage, strangest VHS moments and most implausible video art installations, along with many other unintentional masterpieces of the wild world of underground, off-the-grid TV and cinema. Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax, L.A. Times and ticket prices vary. Through Wednesday. (323) 655-2510; .
April 29, 2010
11th Annual Ojai Storytelling Festival Where: Libbey Bowl, Ojai Avenue and Signal Street, Ojai When: Thursday through Sunday Price: Festival pass, $190. Individual events, $5 to $40 Contacts: (805) 646-8907. Complete schedule at
December 18, 2009
3rd Annual Christmas Sweater Festival Where: El Rey, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles When: 7 p.m. Saturday Price: $17 Contact:
April 22, 2012
Panel: Fiction — Family Ties When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Andrus Gerontology Center on the USC campus Who: Janet Fitch, Julie Otsuka, Christopher Tilghman, moderated by John Freeman
April 25, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Michael Nesmith's name is far more often associated with the Monkees than the birth of Southern California country rock. Yet the former rock sitcom star played a key part in a 1960s scene when long hair and cowboy boots all a sudden made sense together. Nesmith blended rock and country music alongside artists such as Linda Ronstadt and Gram Parsons. Much of it happened at the Troubadour, where the hybrid sound was taking shape. "Linda would come play, the Dillards, [Roger] McGuinn would come play, [David]
April 23, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Queen Elizabe th II had a new black-and-white portrait unveiled -- she's smiling! -- in honor of her 88 th birthday on Monday. Not to outdo her royal highness, but anyone will be able to have their portrait on the front page of the London Times at the BritWeek Santa Monica Festival next mon th . BritWeek is a bit of a misnomer because many activities throughout the L.A. area started Monday and last longer than a week....
April 23, 2014 | By Susan King
Albert Dupontel is a popular French comedy actor and film director whose heroes are Charlie Chaplin and "Monty Python's Flying Circus. " Katell Quillévéré, one of the France's up-and-coming filmmakers, lists among her influences Douglas Sirk and John Cassavetes. Dupontel and Quillévéré are making their first appearance at the City of Lights, City of Angels film festival, which will showcase the diversity of contemporary French cinema at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles through Monday.
April 21, 2014 | By Todd Martens
As the second and final weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was in full swing, Lauren Mayberry of rising electro-pop trio Chvrches assured attendees that they had made the right choice. "You guys are lucky," she said midset Saturday. "Last week was a rehearsal. " She wasn't the only one thankful for a do-over. A reunited OutKast completely revamped its Friday night set, delivering a livelier and more streamlined performance, one that did away with guests and didn't back-load the hits.
April 21, 2014 | By Michael Miller and Rhea Mahbubani
Fourteen years ago, a group of movie lovers banded together to organize the first Newport Beach Film Festival. For the opening-night attraction at Fashion Island, they chose "Sunset Blvd.," the 1950 Billy Wilder drama which famously features a faded Hollywood actress snapping, "I am big. It's the pictures that got small!" As co-founder Todd Quartararo fretted outside the Edwards Big Newport 6 theater before showtime, though, he was more concerned about the size of the crowd than the size of the pictures.
April 21, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
OutKast will headline the 2014 BET Experience, the three-day music festival scheduled for June in downtown Los Angeles. Black Entertainment Television is expected to make an official announcement Monday that the Atlanta duo will topline the festival's rap-heavy showcase, which includes Rick Ross, ASAP Rocky and DJ Khaled. When BET announced in March the first set of performers for the festival, which will be in its second year, the network teased a “very special hip-hop reunion you won't want to miss.” RELATED: The inside story on OutKast That reunion is OutKast, which recently ended a seven-year hiatus with a headlining slot at the Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival this month.
June 15, 2010 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
It wasn't until the programs came back from the printer that the L.A. Film Festival's leaders saw how tricky the move from Westwood to downtown L.A. might be. Last year's programs were etched in a shade similar to UCLA blue.This year the festival inadvertently picked USC Trojan colors, cardinal and gold. "It was brought to our attention from some of our friends in Westwood that they felt we had shifted allegiances, and I was like, 'Oh my God, no!'" said Rebecca Yeldham, the festival's ever-diplomatic, Australian-born director during an interview last week.
April 20, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
For those lucky, or crazy, enough to take in both weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, the biggest struggle is mapping out who you're going to see. Everyone's plan of attack seems to be different. Giving priority to acts missed the previous week is a safe plan. So is trotting over to something new that Weekend 1 critics, or friends, raved about. And don't forget those favorites from last week that you must catch again. COACHELLA 2014: A cynic's guide to terrible Coachella truths No matter the game plan, taking in all 166 acts on the bill is just an impossible feat -- no matter what substance, legal or otherwise, is providing the fuel.
April 19, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Is Coachella the biggest gift to the fashion industry since Kate Middleton? It certainly seems like it from the marketing blitz that has blown up around the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which wraps up a two-weekend run Sunday in Indio. We all know that brands have been flocking to the festival for years, hoping to make an impression on tastemakers who attend by hosting star-studded parties at nearby venues. This year, Old Navy, Lacoste, H&M, Teva, Adidas Originals, Guess and Opening Ceremony are just a few of the names that hopped on the Coachella branding bandwagon.
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