PLIMPTON! filmmakers Luke Poling and Tom Bean will participate in Q&A’s after the 5:30 and 7:50 screenings and introduce the 10:10 screening tonight at the Royal.
We at Laemmle Theatres are big fans of bicycles — three of the ten people in the Laemmle office commute to work by bicycle — and so are also big supporters of the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition. (Laemmle Theatres President Greg Laemmle serves on the LACBC Board as Treasurer.) This Sunday, June 9th is one of the LACBC’s big annual events, the 13th Annual Los Angeles River Ride. It’s super fun, open to all ages and abilities and features live music and great food. If you’ve never done it before, check it out!
The eighth annual L.A. Wine Fest is this Saturday and Sunday at Raleigh Studios. There you’ll find over 500 wines, spirits & brews. You can also take classes about Spain’s Rioja wine region, wine and artisanal cheese pairing, and one led by several California vinters who share their stories about starting and running wineries. Gourmet food trucks and live music round out the festival nicely.
FREE SAMPLES director Jay Gammill will participate in Q&A after the 7:40 screening Saturday night at the NoHo.
Jump in and join a joyous mass of dancing Angelenos on summer Fridays between May and September on The Music Center Plaza. Beginner dance lessons, live bands/DJs spinning tunes, and warm summer nights make for a chance to meet, greet, move and groove. All of it free, no charge, gratis, every other Friday 6:30 to 10 PM.
This Friday the 31st is devoted to the tango! Here’s the full schedule for the summer. A couple of the events have passed but there’s still a lot of dancing to be done.
May 3 – Salsa/Merengue
May 17 – 90s Night NEW!
May 31 – Argentine Tango
June 14 – Line Dance & Two-Step
June 28 – Bollywood/Bhangra
July 12 – K-Pop NEW!
July 26 – Cumbia
August 9 – Disco
August 23 – Ondo
September 6 – 60s Night
On June 1, Santa Monica Press will release Rainer on Film: Thirty Years of Film Writing in a Turbulent and Transformative Era. It is film critic Peter Rainer’s first collection and includes his writing about many movies seen on Laemmle screens. From Santa Monica Press:
“This collection of Peter Rainer’s film criticism spans the course of his illustrious thirty-year career, which dates back to the early 1980s. It is drawn from a wide range of publications, including the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Los Angeles magazine, the Los Angeles Times, New Times, and New York magazine, and is arranged thematically with chapters such as “Overrated, Underseen,” “Issues (Mostly Hot Button),” “Comedies (Intentional and Unintentional),” and “Literary and Theatrical Adaptations.” Rainer covers films both well-known and obscure and writes in depth about many film auteurs—Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, the Coen brothers, Mike Leigh—and New Generation icons, such as Sofia Coppola and Paul Thomas Anderson. No film buff’s collection is complete without this comprehensive compilation that showcases the best work from a master contemporary film critic.
“Peter Rainer is the film critic for the Christian Science Monitor, a columnist for Bloomberg News, the president of the National Society of Film Critics, and a regular reviewer for FilmWeek on NPR. Previously, he was the film critic at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles magazine, New York magazine, and New Times Los Angeles, where he was a finalist in 1998 for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism. In 2010 he won the National Entertainment Journalism Award for Best Online Entertainment Critic.”
The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis has a new dispatch from Cannes, and as usual she is utterly compelling in her analysis of the art and business of movies. Click here and you’ll find her piece along with a wealth of links to the New York Times’ coverage of the world’s most important film festival.
The always lovely Butterfly Pavilion is open at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park now through September 2.
From the NHM:
“More than 53 different butterfly and moth species,” including this kind, the California Dogface:
“and an array of plants take up residence every summer for our much-anticipated seasonal exhibit, the Butterfly Pavilion. Wander through a unique changing ecosystem, witness free-flying creatures interacting with plant life, and emerge with a better understanding of the environment needed for the survival of these spectacular animals.
The Butterfly Pavilion showcases the fascinating dance between butterflies, moths, and the plants that surround them, an interaction that has been refined over the course of millions of years. See up close how butterflies use their tubular mouthparts to obtain nectar and witness caterpillars feed on leaves and go through the process of their transformation into adults. Various butterflies are present at different points during the season and the plants will grow and change. This means that each visit to the Butterfly Pavilion throughout the summer can be a different experience!
Butterflies from Near and Far
Some butterflies in the exhibit mate and lay eggs, however we regularly fill the pavilion with butterflies from all across the United States. Over half of the species we exhibit are oft-seen locals such as the monarch, mourning cloak, and California dogface. Some of the more exotic butterflies are shipped in from all across the country.”