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MALCOLM X IN 70MM

On Saturday night, Spike Lee will introduce the screening of a rare 70mm print of his magnum opus MALCOLM X, starring Denzel Washington in the title role.

This American Cinematheque presentation is part of a brief weekend series of Lee films at the Egyptian, and the director will be on hand for discussion on both days.

MALCOLM X

Saturday, December 8, at 7:30 pm.

DO THE RIGHT THING and CROOKLYN

Sunday, December 9, at 7:30 pm.

Discussion with Spike Lee between films.

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Top: Denzel Washington and Spike Lee in Malcolm X.; Washington; Delroy Lindo (left) and Washington.

STORMY WEATHER

The magnitude of talent on display in STORMY WEATHER (1943, directed by Andrew L. Stone) is such that it might be possible to overlook—for the 78-minute running time of the film—the cringe-making hoops Hollywood put black stars through during its so-called “Golden Age.” (See Spike Lee’s explosive satire Bamboozled, from 2000.)

Ostensibly a breezy, fictionalized biopic of dancing great Bill “Bojangles” Robinson (starring Bojangles himself), the film features signature performances by Lena Horne and the Nicholas Brothers. (Fred Astaire called their “Jumpin’ Jive” number the greatest thing he had ever seen). Fats WallerCab Calloway and his orchestra, Katherine Dunham and her troupe, and Ada Brown are also on the bill.

STORMY WEATHER, Tuesday, September 12, at 1 pm.

BING THEATER, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

lacma.org/event/stormy-weather

Black and white photographs, from top:

Lena Horne and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson; Horne singing the title song; Robinson, Horne, and Cab Calloway.

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ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH AT THE HAMMER

“…Supermarkets, assembly-lines, teen-posts firmly shuttered, one after another. Old structures stand and rot in the sun….decrepit schools, poorly funded community services, inadequate health services, jammed low-income housing. It is the fallout that has firmly secured the media’s eye, not the abundant reasons for it.” — Lynell George, 1992*

To mark the 25 years since the uprising in April and May, 1992, the Hammer Museum and Roger Guenveur Smith present Spike Lee’s new Netflix film of Smith’s performance piece RODNEY KING. This is the ninth Smith–Lee collaboration, and is co-presented with the UCLA Department of History, and the UCLA Interdepartmental Program in Afro-American Studies.

Following the screening, there will be a Q & A with Smith—who wrote a performance piece in 1991 that predicted the events of the following year—and UC Santa Barbara Professor Stephanie Batiste. Join them afterwards for a reception in the Hammer’s courtyard, featuring a live DJ set by the film’s composer Marc Anthony Thompson (aka Chocolate Genius).

 

RODNEY KING, Tuesday, May 2, at 7:30 pm. Free.

HAMMER MUSEUM, Westwood, Los Angeles.

hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2017/05/rodney-king/

*Lynell George, No Crystal Stair: African–Americans in the City of Angels (New York: Verso, 1992), 4.

Roger Guenveur Smith in his one-man show Rodney King. Image credit: Craig Schwartz, Star-Tribune

Roger Guenveur Smith in his one-man show Rodney King.
Image credit: Craig Schwartz, Star-Tribune