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Calendar Tip: Selig Retrospective Reception @ LA Zoo August 15th

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Next weekend the Los Angeles Zoo is hosting a reception as part of the centennial celebration of Selig Studios, Hollywood’s first film studio, and its founder, movie pioneer “Colonel” William Selig. Presented by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) in conjunction with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the evening will include a screening (accompanied by period music) of two jungle-themed 1913 silent films, "The Adventures of Kathlyn" and "Thor - Lord of the Jungle," produced by Selig, whose passion for making these movies led to his collection of a vast animal menagerie which he later opened to the public as the Selig Zoo. Attendees will also see a presentation by Selig biographer Andrew Erish, which will include a display of a 1909 Power Model Six 35mm hand-crank motion picture machine with magic lantern, and guests will have an opportunity to view four historic 1915-era lion statues recently installed at the zoo. They are among 14 statues of lions and elephants that graced the entrance of the Selig Zoo, a predecessor of the current Zoo. Also on the menu are food and drink, and the chance to go on "animal walkabouts," and chat with keepers and observe small animals up close.

Selig Retrospective Reception @ the LA Zoo
Saturday, August 15, 2009, 6:30 pm
Tickets are free, but reservations are limited and must be made by Monday, August 10 by calling 323 644.6042