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WEEKLY WRAP UP | AUG. 25-29, 2014

Historic Farmer's Market, Los Angeles, 1960s

Historic Farmer’s Market, Los Angeles, 1960s

This week on the blog we saw one of the largest flowers in the world bloom at the Huntington Library & Gardens in Pasadena – Titan Arum a.k.a “The Corpse Flower.” We visited Le Louvre in Paris and took a look at the new installation in the Department of Decorative Art from Louis XIV to Louis XVI where we saw a beautiful gold coffee grinder. The British prog rock band Yes played at the Greek Theater in L.A. We marveled at the architecture of The Church of Notre-Dame du Raincy. We attended a screening of the must-see documentary for every Angelino – Los Angeles Plays Itself. We announced Michaela Eichwald’s exhibition of paintings and sculpture at Palais de Tokyo in ParisJana Euler at Kunsthalle Zürich, and Matias Faldbakken at Standard (Oslo). And, one of our favorite bookshops in Los Angeles – Family – reopened this past week with the launch of Sean Wilsey’s new book ‘More Curious.’




‘Los Angeles Plays Itself’ is Thom Anderson’s epic 2003 documentary about the depiction of the city of Los Angeles in film. The entire film is a collage of found footage from films set in L.A. accompanied by Anderson’s narration. The three hour film has had a strong underground following, but because it would have cost Anderson tons of money to clear the rights to all of the footage he used, it was not released. But, on September 30th, the film will finally be officially released for home entertainment by the Cinema Guild. Entertainment lawyers were able to argue fair use for all of the clips Anderson used to insure it against any lawsuits. This is exciting news for those who have been waiting to finally see this amazing film. If you are in Los Angels and you can’t wait until Sept 30th and you want to see the film projected on the big screen, Cinefamily has been playing the film all week with final showings tonight at 7:20pm and 10:50pm. I can’t wait!