Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Weekend Feast for November 10th - 13th

This weekend American Cinematheque at the Egyptian and Aero theaters presents the annual Cinema Italian Style.  The festival opens tonight with Terraferma, Italy's official Oscar submission for best foreign language film. Selections include other dramas but this year the festival is especially strong on comedies.  Films run from the 10th through the 15th at both theaters. Click here for the schedule and while you are there consider a membership to the American Cinematheque for the cinephile on your Holiday list. 

In addition to the Italian fest 2 great films are playing at the Egyptian on Sunday the 13th.

The restored Mysterious Island (1961)  from the Jules Vern novel tells the story of a band of civil-war  Union prisoners ( and 1 confederate) who escape in a hot air balloon only to land on a creepy island of mystery. With giant creatures designed by the inimitable Ray Harryhausen (think of the Cyclopse and skeletons from Jason and the Argonauts)  this is a fantastically fun way to spend the afternoon with kids 8 and up.  Popcorn is a must.  

At 7:30 Sunday evening you can spend a blissful 2 hours with Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron as the Egyptian shows An American in Paris.  Swoon for Gene Kelly's choreography and gorgeous form, savor George Gershwin's splendid score. Here's a taste -

Highly recommended for everyone. Well, everyone 10 and up or so.

This weekend in Pacific Standard Time...

 America The Beautiful, 1968 David Hammons. From Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960 - 1980 at The Hammer Museum.

You've seen some of Pacific Standard Time, right? Well the focus this weekend is on Hollywood/Wilshire with a series of special events at galleries and museums offering FREE ADMISSION all weekend.  Museums include LACMA, A + D Architecture and Design Museum, The Craft and Folkart Museum, The Fowler at UCLA, The Hammer Museum in Westwood and more.  It's here for details and here for a great guide to the whole thing from the knowledgeable folks at For Your Art.

In exciting food news - The LA Weekly's (but he really belongs to the whole city now, doesn't he?)  Jonathan Gold is out this morning with his list of the 99 essential Los Angeles Restaurants.  For some of you this means your weekend plans are already finalized - you will be arguing and debating the list with other food obsessives all weekend long. All I can recommend is that you get up from your computer once in a while and take a short walk.  For the rest of us, enjoy the list and pick a place or 2 to try, maybe something outside your neighborhood... gelato in Altadena perhaps, or sushi in West LA.

And writing of food did you know there was such an organization as the Culinary Historians of Southern California? There is and their mission is a good one - "dedicated to pursing food history and supporting culinary collections at the Los Angeles Public Library."   If this sounds like a group of people you just have to get to know consider joining them when author Kristin Olson speaks on sweets of Regency-era England, Saturday morning at the Central Library downtown.  The program begins at 10:30 and recipes will be provided. Perhaps you'll find something wonderful to make for Christmas.

If you are in the mood for some live theater you'll be pleased to know that the Grinch, the Cat in the Hat. Horton the elephant and other favorite Dr Seuss characters star in Seussical at Santa Monica's Morgan Wixon Theater.  Based upon the works of Dr. Seuss this fun show with a positive (but not heavy handed) message is suitable for the entire family.  This is opening weekend, the show runs Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2pm through December 17th. Click here for details. 

Finally, it is Veteran's Day tomorrow. Here's a link  to Los Angeles area events and here's a link to an organization that distributes care packages to active duty American service members all over the world. The holidays are coming, consider spreading the love.

Have a great weekend!

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