March 22, 2012 |
In the recently completed documentary "Kumpanía: Flamenco Los Angeles," narrator Bruce Bisenz opens the film by saying, "Flamenco is a fragile art. It exists on the verges of society, just as the Gypsies once existed in the same way. " But the film, along with this weekend's second Los Angeles International Flamenco Festival in Redondo Beach, may help bring L.A.'s flamenco scene out of the shadows. Both are shining the spotlight on Los Angeles as a hub of vibrant flamenco talent.
September 9, 2010 |
With the critically acclaimed two-part French gangster thriller "Mesrine" still in theaters, the American Cinematheque is taking the opportunity to celebrate the illustrious tradition of the French crime film, which stretches back to the 1930s, with a screening series running Thursday through Saturday at the Aero Theatre. The mystery and intrigue begin with 1937's "Pepe le Moko," starring the inimitable Jean Gabin as a sexy fugitive hiding from the cops. The 1947 Henri-Georges Clouzot thriller, "Quai Des Orfevres," starring Bertrand Blier and French icon Louis Jouvet, follows.
June 19, 2010
EVENTS Fringe Festival Following in the footsteps of fringe festivals like Edinburgh, Adelaide and Edmonton, the inaugural Hollywood Fringe Festival brings emerging and established artists together. Participation is open to foster innovative art, music, dance, theater and comedy in unexpected venues. Locations and times vary, see website for details. (866) 811-4111. http://www.hollywoodfringe.com. Los Angeles Film Festival For the last 16 years, the Los Angeles Film Festival has programmed a mix of underground film, box-office hits like "The Devil Wears Prada" and a slew of features and shorts that fall somewhere in between.
April 20, 2010
What: The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles When: Tuesday through Sunday Where: ArcLight Cinemas, Hollywood Price: Regular admission, $12 per film; discounts for ArcLight members, seniors and children younger than 10 For more information: http://www.arclightcinemas.org
July 27, 2009 |
Julia Scott has negotiated for discounts on clothes, hotel rooms, jewelry, even photocopies and pizza slices. On Sunday, the consummate bargain hunter staged a Frugal Festival to celebrate the art of penny-pinching. By the looks of the crowd that gathered at Woodley Park in Van Nuys for the event, Scott has company these days. About 300 people showed up to snap up coupons, exchange ideas on saving money and swap free items.
April 9, 2009 |
Think of it as a progressive film festival, not like in pushing artistic boundaries, more like how film fans will have to follow the Second Annual Japan Film Festival Los Angeles around town. With 22 films making either their North American or at least their L.A. premiere, the festival takes place Friday through next Thursday at the Monica 4-Plex, then moves to the Downtown Independent April 17 to 19, and winds up April 25 and 26 at the Starplex Cinema in Irvine.