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Weekly Movie Picks: Grindhouse, Decline of Western Civ, Spirit of the Beehive, Jodorowsky Films & More

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There probably isn’t a single night I wouldn't enjoy going to the Quentin Tarantino-curated Grindhouse Festival at the New Beverly. On Monday & Tuesday it’s a double bill of Rolling Thunder, a revenge flick about a Vietnam vet who goes on the warpath after his wife and son are killed by thugs, and The Town That Dreaded Sundown, a 1977 film that's set in 1946 about a hooded killer stalking the terrified residents of a small Texas town. Wednesday and Thursday it's pair of martial arts flicks, Chinese Hercules and Black Dragon. Thursday and Friday features a trio of sexploitation films that will let you take your pick of vintage hotties: Sex on the Run (Britt Ekland, Marisa Berenson, Marisa Mell), Sex with a Smile (Barbara Bouchet) and The Oldest Profession (Raquel Welch).

WHEN: Monday, March 12-Sunday, March 18; various times
WHERE: The New Beverly, 7165 Beverly Blvd. (1 block West of La Brea)

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The Decline Of Western Civilization
Penelope Spheeris' seminal 1981 documentary about the Los Angeles punk scene features interviews with and performances by a host of legendary bands including Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, Fear, The Germs, The Alice Bag Band and X. Spheeris will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening.

WHEN: Thursday, March. 15 at 7:30pm
WHERE: Melnitz Movies at the James Bridges Theater, UCLA Campus

Off-Screen Vide & Performance
Organized by artist and independent curator Darin Klein this is live performance will integrate found film and video footage by a variety of Los Angeles-based filmmakers and art collectives: F-Stop Serenade, Ryan Heffington, Lucas Michael, New Energy Encounter Group, Lawrence Rengert, and Kelly Sears. These artists employ disparate technical practices and aesthetic sensibilities, rich with references to both contemporary art and popular entertainment, to bridge the gap between images on the screen and actions on the stage. This presentation is organized by Darin Klein.

WHEN: Thursday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Hammer, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. (at Westwood Blvd.)