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Barack Obama bested the Presidential campaign by reaching across all places and people. It seems only fitting that his inauguration week bears a similarly dynamic platform: from the earliest cinematic pioneers to the latest digital technologies, from campy cult comedies to maverick macho westerns, from classic actors to Jean Claude Van Damme, from sea to shining sea. This is why I love L.A. Nay, this is why I love America!

Now that I've got that out of my system, let's unpack this eclectic platform. San Francisco's midnight movie queen Peaches Christ is out and about, as is Los Angeles' own fetish photographer Rick "NSFW" Castro. Conan The Governor and a slew of cronies storm the New Beverly with magic and muscles en masse; a Hamilton covers the whole day, but if $2 per film seems a bit pricey (and to be fair, that's probably the effects budget), you can win tickets from Ain't It Cool News. If that niche isn't small enough, there's also blaxploitation horror and nomadic throat-singing later in the week. Chase that crass with pure class at the Hammer Museum; UCLA's Film & Television Archive presents a series of early American films featuring Ziegfield follies, Paul Robeson, piercing crime drama, and further pleasantries. Or combine the two - that's what French New Wavers Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut did, with Quentin Tarantino sure to follow.