LA Isn't Getting The Free 'RBG' Screenings, So Check Out 'Notorious RBG' At The Skirball

File: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg greets participants at an annual Women's History Month reception in the U.S. capitol building in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)

Free screenings of the hit documentary RBG about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg were announced Wednesday. Yay! But we aren't getting it here in Los Angeles. Boo!

The closest option of the "select cities" where it's being presented is Irvine — sorry, Angelenos who haven't taken the opportunity to learn about a Supreme Court justice yet.

But never fear — RBG is already available on DVD and online, including streaming on Hulu for subscribers. You'll also have the chance to learn about her and her work at the Skirball Cultural Center later this month. They're even screening the movie themselves on Nov. 4, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers — though they'll be charging admission.

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg opens Oct. 19, the first-ever retrospective about the justice, according to the Skirball. It's based on the Notorious RBG Tumblr and book, which granted her the nickname and spawned an Internet phenom.

Images from the Notorious RBG exhibition at the Skirball. (Courtesy of the Skirball Center)

"With so much at stake on the Supreme Court, we encourage visitors to explore the American judicial system through the lens of one of its sharpest legal minds," Skirball curator Cate Thurston said in a press release.

They're also playing with that Notorious RBG nickname. As Ginsburg herself points out, both she and the Notorious B.I.G. were born and raised in Brooklyn. The name of each section of the exhibition will reference Biggie songs and lyrics. But don't be fooled — playfulness aside, this is a real look at the real woman.

The exhibition focuses on her work protecting civil rights and expanding equal opportunity in her 25 years on the bench, a lady in the place with style and grace. Thurston put together the exhibition along with the book's authors, Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik.

The exhibition includes:

  • One of Ginsburg's actual robes
  • Home videos with her husband on their honeymoon, along with the early years of their marriage
  • Ginsburg's yearbooks
  • An eighth grade paper on historical legal documents from the Ten Commandments to the United Nations Charter
  • Listening stations to hear her oral arguments before the Court when she was still a lawyer
  • 3D reimaginings of key places from her life, from her childhood apartment to the desk in her chambers

And way more, including archival photographs, documents, artifacts, contemporary art and interactives.

Special programming around Ginsburg is already underway at the Skirball. A class on her Supreme Court wins and losses starts tonight, with three sessions running into next month. They also have a coffee talk with the authors, a late night chance to tour the exhibition, and more events planned.

Notorious RBG runs at the Skirball through March 10, 2019, then has a three-year touring schedule planned. And if you don't know, now you know.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the date of the screening of RBG. LAist regrets the error.


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