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CalArts Producers' Show: A Sneak Peek at the (Cartoon) Future

Twenty-five of the finest student short animated films made their debut at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater last night in Beverly Hills as part of CalArts' Character Animation program's Producers' Show. Entertainment industry folk, intrepid students, and proud family members crowded the 1,000 seat theater to capacity. Chris Miller, director of Puss in Boots and a CalArts alum offered an introduction, mentioning that the students "delivered work from the heart," a statement handily verified by the evening's entertainment.

A Bounty of Buñuel At The American Cinematheque

This Thursday marks the beginning of an exciting Luis Buñuel tribute weekend at the American Cinematheque. Six of the director's films, including his groundbreaking collaboration with Salvador Dali, the surrealist short "Un Chien Andalou," will be featured at both the Egyptian and Aero theaters.

An Evening of Noir at The Last Bookstore

Five of the best local writers converged upon The Last Bookstore on Saturday evening to read selections from their favorite noir. The Last Bookstore, since its move to the corner of Fifth and Spring streets earlier this year, has established itself as a center for all things literary in Los Angeles.

LAist Interview: Paranormal EXP

We met Paranormal EXP, one of LA's foremost ghost hunter squads, outside the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. Coming off the recent taping of an episode of Paranormal Challenge for the Travel Channel (airing August 26th) and a win at STU CON, Clare, Jason, and Marcus were happy to talk about some of their recent adventures as we wandered the empty cages and picnic benches on an all-too bright Sunday afternoon.

Ice Cream Week: Saffron and Rose Ice Cream

July is National Ice Cream Month. To celebrate, we'll be reviewing some of our favorite ice cream spots -- and some new ones, too -- all this week.

A Park a Day: Pershing Square, Los Angeles

July is National Parks & Recreation Month, and all month long LAist will be featuring a hand-selected park a day to showcase just a few of the wonderful recreation spaces--big or small--in the Los Angeles area.

First Person: Conquering Carmageddon With A Drive Into The Abyss

Over the strong objections of my girlfriend, who had asked me to stay at her house on the East Side to miss the traffic this weekend, I was headed for the abyss. What began on Thursday as idle musing—"what if I took on Carmageddon?"—had become my must-do bucket list quest by Sunday

'Harold and Maude' Turn 40 at the Aero

Director Cameron Crowe and former Paramount VP Peter Bart made it to the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on Sunday for a viewing and discussion of Harold and Maude on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. Playing to a packed house, the intergenerational audience was overjoyed to welcome this May-December romance back to the big screen. It is rare indeed that a movie's costume designer (William Theiss) gets a round...

CalArts Character Animation Producers' Show a Hidden Gem

On Thursday night, CalArts presented its annual Character Animation Producers' Show, which showcased some of the best of the best from this year's students. Twenty-three cool, inventive and oftentimes funny shorts played to a packed audience at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood. Pixar director, Oscar winner, and alum Pete Docter (Up) gave out the awards this year, telling students this will be "the last time you get one-hundred percent creative control."...

Making it Happen for Movie Makers: Levi's Film Workshop Arrives in LA

The Levi's Film Workshop is on location this summer at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in downtown Los Angeles. Starting this past Sunday, filmmakers have access to screenings, equipment rentals, and state of the art editing equipment through the workshop. The screenings include the world premiere of Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams, a 3D documentary focused on cave paintings in the South of France; it premieres next Saturday at the Natural History Museum downtown.

"The Bluest Eye" Staged in Santa Monica for Three Weeks Only!

Photo by Steve Cisneros, courtesy of Phantom Projects The Bluest Eye is coming to Santa Monica for a three week run at the Miles Memorial Playhouse this Friday. The Toni Morrison book, adapted for the stage by Lydia Diamond, tells the story of an African-American girl facing an identity crisis in 1940s Ohio. Protagonist Pecola equates whiteness (and blue eyes) with beauty, an unreachable standard that drives the story's narrative and Pecola to madness....

The Video Store Revisited at the Little Victory Theatre

Rewind, a new group of plays, enjoys a premiere tonight at The Little Victory Theatre in Burbank. These short one-acts (each runs about 15 minutes) are written by members of the SkyPilot Theatre's resident playwrights program and star some of the company's talent. Five plays will premiere on Friday night and the other five will show on Saturday. The SkyPilot Theatre, led by actor and director Bob Rusch, first started putting on shows in...

Must See Friedkin Film Weekend at the Aero

This weekend the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica offers a well-deserved tribute to one of the hardest working directors in the industry, William Friedkin. Both Saturday and Sunday nights will feature talkbacks with Friedkin, moderated by journalist F.X. Feeney and screenwriter Josh Olson respectively. The French Connection, which shows Saturday night, enjoys its 40th anniversary this year. The movie that won Friedkin an Oscar still stands out as a trademark...

Christmas Comes Early to the Steve Allen Theater

This Thursday eve, comedians Davey Johnson and Randy Liedtke take to the Steve Allen Theater stage in Los Feliz to present their show, The Second Annual Best Doorknockers Christmas Pageant Ever! The pageant aspires to be a corny tribute to the TV Christmas special--a variety show in the style of Bob Hope or even Lawrence Welk. According to Liedtke, expect "comedy, magic, juggling, ballet, opera, cookies" as well as "The John 3 Reillys," which, as the name would suggest, are three musical John C. Reilly impersonators.

New Soviet Art Doc Premieres at the Aero

The Desert of Forbidden Art marked its Los Angeles premiere on Thursday night at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. The doc tells the story of Igor Savitsky's quest to save avant-garde Russian art from Soviet censors and build a now legendary museum to house it in backwater Nukus, Uzbekistan. Celebrity narrators include Sally Field, Ben Kingsely, and Ed Asner, who ably portray the story's principals....

Steve Martin and Frederic Tuten Talk Art at the Getty

With the release of his new book a month away, Steve Martin comes to the Getty this Tuesday to talk art with writer Frederic Tuten. The already sold-out event is part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time initiative, which is hosting lectures focusing on Los Angeles' role in the development of contemporary art.

Beer! Art! Music! Saturday in Santa Monica

In Santa Monica this Saturday: 20 plus breweries, 5 bands, 3 galleries, and The 3 Heads (pictured). This Saturday afternoon in Santa Monica, the 18th Street Art Center will present its first Beer, Art and Music Festival. The event, the first of its kind on the West Side, features offerings from more than twenty craft breweries, all free with the price of admission. These include standbys such as Samuel Adams and Sierra Nevada as...

LAist Interview: Sam Hoffman and Eric Spiegelman of Old Jews Telling Jokes

Sam Hoffman and Eric Spiegelman of the comedy website Old Jews Telling Jokes come to the Skirball Cultural Center this Wednesday as part of a tour to promote their newest book of the same name (out this month).

Some Sneaky Theatre Comes to Downtown LA Today

Sneaky Nietzsche, a collaborative and interactive theatre project, enjoys its world premiere today in downtown Los Angeles. With a burlesque dance troupe, homebrew beer, actors and a musical concert "performed by a fictional band of creatures," audience members can expect to be immersed in an "urban forest underworld" according to director Sheila Vand. Fanciful and deeply imaginative, this show is not to be missed. Vand began work on Sneaky Nietzsche about a year ago,...

22 Galleries in Northeast L.A. to Open their Doors this Weekend

Untitled by Roberto Gutierrez. Courtesy of Avenue 50 Studio. This Saturday night the Northeast LA Gallery Night returns to showcase some of the most innovative and eclectic art in the area. Twenty-two galleries will open their doors late on a not quite walkable path centered near Highland Park and Eagle Rock (download the updated map here). Started some five years ago as more galleries moved to the area, it has grown into a neighborhood...

Starry Decisis: LAX Confidential

In the days before 9/11, the biggest hassle in airport travel was having to turn down the pleas of the old women in nurses costumes standing by the escalators. Now, after 9/11, the fake nurses are still there, but they move down the long security lines that line the curbs. In this age of strict airport regulation, it's surprising that airport solicitors and proselytizers didn't get the steel-toed boot a long time ago. Instead,...

Starry Decisis: LAX Confidential

In the days before 9/11, the biggest hassle in airport travel was having to turn down the pleas of the old women in nurses costumes standing by the escalators. Now, after 9/11, the fake nurses are still there, but they move down the long security lines that line the curbs. In this age of strict airport regulation, it's surprising that airport solicitors and proselytizers didn't get the steel-toed boot a long time ago. Instead,...

Starry Decisis: Our Bodies, Our Cells

As anyone who's seen Doc Hollywood knows, Los Angeles has a fairly secure footing in the medical community, or at least the cosmetical medical community. The city is also home to one of the world's premiere research hospitals, the UCLA Medical Center, which recently benefited from a $200 million donation by David Geffen. Last year, the hospital suffered a PR blow when one of the workers in its morgue was arrested for selling body...

Starry Decisis: Our Bodies, Our Cells

As anyone who's seen Doc Hollywood knows, Los Angeles has a fairly secure footing in the medical community, or at least the cosmetical medical community. The city is also home to one of the world's premiere research hospitals, the UCLA Medical Center, which recently benefited from a $200 million donation by David Geffen. Last year, the hospital suffered a PR blow when one of the workers in its morgue was arrested for selling body...

Starry Decisis: The Ex Files

Cynics of the world will not be surprised to find out that divorce became a whole lot easier thanks to a Los Angeles case. Citizens of this city of exes have a bad rap for treating marriage like, well, a bad wrap - chucking it easily into the nearest trash can. Yet, the legal decision that makes divorce doable evinces nothing but the highest respect for institution of marriage. It's a case worth revisiting,...

Starry Decisis: The Ex Files

Cynics of the world will not be surprised to find out that divorce became a whole lot easier thanks to a Los Angeles case. Citizens of this city of exes have a bad rap for treating marriage like, well, a bad wrap - chucking it easily into the nearest trash can. Yet, the legal decision that makes divorce doable evinces nothing but the highest respect for institution of marriage. It's a case worth revisiting,...

Starry Decisis: Los Angeles's Lusty Legal History

This column is the first in a series of articles on important Supreme Court cases that have developed out of events in Los Angeles. "Stare Decisis" is the guiding principle of the American legal system - the court should "let the decision stand" and respect precedent for the sake of the rule of law. Even though it is known for shaping American pop culture, Los Angeles has shaped American legal culture in more ways...

Starry Decisis: Los Angeles's Lusty Legal History

This column is the first in a series of articles on important Supreme Court cases that have developed out of events in Los Angeles. "Stare Decisis" is the guiding principle of the American legal system - the court should "let the decision stand" and respect precedent for the sake of the rule of law. Even though it is known for shaping American pop culture, Los Angeles has shaped American legal culture in more ways...

Yahoo! Picked LAist

We're proud to announce that LAist was a Yahoo! Pick of the Day last week! We hope any new readers enjoy our take on life in LA......

Yahoo! Picked LAist

We're proud to announce that LAist was a Yahoo! Pick of the Day last week! We hope any new readers enjoy our take on life in LA......

Letter from the Publisher

Today marks the beginning of public beta for LAist.com. If all goes well, after a week or so we'll take off the beta label and launch the site officially. We're thrilled to be bringing the Gothamist brand of optimistic, city-centric blogging to the West Coast. Los Angeles means a lot to Gothamist- in fact, we're moving the whole Gothamist operation over to LA for two weeks in August, when one of us will be getting...

Letter from the Publisher

Today marks the beginning of public beta for LAist.com. If all goes well, after a week or so we'll take off the beta label and launch the site officially. We're thrilled to be bringing the Gothamist brand of optimistic, city-centric blogging to the West Coast. Los Angeles means a lot to Gothamist- in fact, we're moving the whole Gothamist operation over to LA for two weeks in August, when one of us will be getting...

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