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MARIA BY CALLAS — LA FILM FESTIVAL

Centered around an extensive, long-forgotten 1970 interview with David Frost and dramatized with the voice of Fanny Ardant, the upcoming documentary MARIA BY CALLAS—directed by Tom Volf—takes a subjective look at the twentieth century’s singer and personality nonpareil, with a focus on rare performance footage and recordings that capture her work onstage and in front […]

MARIANA VALENCIA — ALBUM

This week, the Time-Based Art Festival presents the West Coast premiere of Mariana Valencia’s ALBUM, a solo performance combining text, song, and dance within the content of an album—“a picture album, a song album, an autobiographical album, a herstorical album”*   MARIANA VALENCIA—ALBUM Thursday through Saturday, September 13, 14, and 15. Portland Institute for Contemporary […]

BEALE STREET AT THE APOLLO

As part of the 56th New York Film Festival, and its debut presentation at the venue, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK (2018)—Barry Jenkins’ first film since Moonlight—will have its U.S. premiere at the Apollo Theater, in Harlem, the setting of the James Baldwin novel on which the film is based. Tickets are on sale now. […]

PATHWAY TO PARIS CONCERT

Pathway to Paris—founded in 2014 by Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon—is committed to raising consciousness surrounding the urgency of climate action and offers solutions to turning the Paris Agreement into action. Tickets are now on sale for PATHWAY TO PARIS LOS ANGELES, a benefit concert featuring Patti Smith, Karen O, Lucinda Williams, Flea, Dhani Harrison, Eric […]

AFRO-PUNK

African-American musicians “immersed in overwhelmingly white punk scenes” provide the focus of AFRO-PUNK (2004), the James Spooner documentary screening this week at the Hammer, followed by a conversation between the director and guests Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy.* Bad Brains, Cipher, Fishbone, Dead Kennedys, and Candiria are all featured in the film, the title of […]

SUNÉ WOODS, FRED MOTEN, AND JAMES GORDON WILLIAMS

Fred Moten will join artist Suné Woods and pianist-composer James Gordon Williams at the Hammer this week for an evening of “wordplay, found imagery, improvised music, and moving images.”*   SUNÉ WOODS, FRED MOTEN, AND JAMES GORDON WILLIAMS YOU ARE MINE. I SEE NOW, I’M A HAVE TO LET YOU GO Thursday, August 23, at 7:30. HAMMER MUSEUM, 10899 […]

DAY AT ZENITH

Is THE PAJAMA GAME (1957) the “first left-wing operetta,” as Jean-Luc Godard once famously called it? What’s not in doubt is that Doris Day is at her peak in this, the last of her great musicals for Warner Bros. The film was directed by Stanley Donen and George Abbott, and co-starred Broadway powerhouse John Raitt as a […]