Pencil This In: 'Spanish Dracula' Rare Screening, Alan Ross Photos and Docs on Richard Artschwager, Robert Williams
Here’s a short, but sweet list of events happening in LA tonight: There’s an exhibit that features black and white photography of Alan Ross; a screening of the 1931 “Spanish Dracula” with live music accompaniment; and screenings of artist documentaries Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin’ and Richard Artschwager: Shut Up and Look. Read on for all the details:
Cinefamily presents a rare screening of “Spanish Dracula”; (1931) tonight at 7:30 pm. The alternate version (and some would argue, far superior) was filmed at night on the same sets that the Tod Browning/Bela Lugosi classic filmed during the day. Featuring a Spanish-speaking cast, the script is virtually the same. It was the studio’s very early attempt at targeting the burgeoning Latin market. Grammy-nominated guitarist Gary Lucas also returns to Cinefamily tonight to perform his solo live score to Dracula. Tickets: $12 general admission and $50-$75 (couch seating).
The G2 Gallery premieres American Grandeur, a black and white photography exhibit from photographer Alan Ross, who was a former assistant of Ansel Adams for many years. Ross was also personally chosen by Adams to be the sole printer of the Yosemite Special Edition negatives. Ross has been printing this collection since 1975. There’s an opening reception on Saturday to benefit the Sierra Club. The exhibition will remain on view through Sept. 15.
American Cinematheque screens the documentary Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin’tonight at 7:30 pm at the Egyptian. The film follows “hot rod/underground comics illustrator turned hotly collected conceptual realist” Williams, who’s best known for painting Appetite for Destruction for the 1987 Guns N’ Roses album cover and starting Juxtapoz Magazine in 1994. A discussion with Williams, his wife Suzanne (also an artist) and co-directors Nancye Ferguson and Stephen Nemeth follows the screening. Tickets: $11.
Another artist documentary is at the Hammer Museum tonight as part of the Hammer Screening series at 7:30 pm. Richard Artschwager: Shut Up and Look was filmed over eight years, providing an in-depth profile of Artschwager, an artist who gave up a reclusive lifestyle late in life and started letting filmmakers into his studio and personal life. Interviews with artists, collectors and friends reveal a quirky and irreverent man and artist. A Q&A with director Maryte Kavaliauskas, producer Morning Slayter, and artist Arie Galles follows the screening. The film is being held in conjunction with Richard Artschwager! currently on view at the museum. Free.
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