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Cutting-Edge Cinema
The Fine Arts Film Festival is just what
it sounds like: two jam-packed days of shorts and features made by visual artists and/or about them. Evocative documen- taries, biopics, experimental shorts, ani- mation and even virtual reality hail from local, national and international artists. Now in its fifth year, the FAFF screens dozens of new works of art cinema, touch- ing on the lesser-known lives and works of celebrated figures and uncovering the stories of unjustly overlooked artists. Highlights include the new documentary Tales of the American, about the legend- ary downtown Arts District; blockbuster doc Obey Giant on Shepard Fairey; works on Bill Viola, Dalí and Monet, plus power- ful submissions from Mozambique, Iran, and Russia. Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice; Fri., May 11, 10:30 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sat., May 12, 10:30 a.m.- 11 p.m. (reception 9-11 p.m.); $10-$50. —Shana Nys Dambrot
Cutting Humor
Asking the hard questions doesn’t always usher in glittering peals of laughter in stand-up comedy (even if the response a comedian receives afterward might make them feel funny), but Megan Koester’s live album taping might make you re-evaluate the thin line between busting a gut and be- ing punched in the gut — as well as satire and stand-up. Koester’s sparkling knife of a routine dissects topics of sex and sexism and mores and morality — and it’s one that has become especially polished in these times. Hosted by Andy Kindler, who’s just a really good friend like that. Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 W. 24th St., University Park; Fri., May 11, 8 & 10 p.m.; free (RSVP re- quired). (213) 746-2166, panoramaonview. org/upcoming-events. —David Cotner
It’s Alive!
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Pro-
Beer and Music Festival: See Saturday.
Winter Olympic Encore
The annual Stars on Ice revue rolls into Southern California with a roster of U.S. figure skaters who are loaded with med- als from the recent national and world championships and Winter Olympics. Arcadia native Mirai Nagasu overcame years of injuries and adversity to unex- pectedly place second at nationals before becoming only the third woman skater to execute a triple axel at the Olympic Games. Nathan Chen re-established
his dominance with a gold medal at the world championships in March follow- ing uncharacteristic stumbles at the Olympics. Beloved sister-and-brother ice-dance team Maia and Alex Shibutani managed to earn an Olympic bronze medal despite tough competition, whereas defiant gay skater Adam Rippon took on not just the other men’s skaters but also this country’s homophobic vice president. The cast also includes stirring ice-dance newcomers Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue and powerful jumper Bradie Tennell. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim; Sat., May 12, 7:30 p.m.; $12-$85. (714) 704-2400, —Falling James
Why Read When You Can Watch?
If you haven’t been to a Pop-Up Magazine show at the Ace, you haven’t experi- enced one of the best cultural events in the city. The multimedia show, which is meant to exist only onstage (no stream- ing, taping or replay), is best described
as a magazine come to life. The Pop-Up Magazine Spring Issue features a great cast of L.A.-based performers, including Jimmy Kimmel Live! comedy writer Bess Kalb; The Queen of Versailles filmmaker Lauren Greenfield; Los Angeles Times opinion columnist Gustavo Arellano; and filmmaker and Found magazine creator Davy Rothbart, who will tell a fascinating story that takes the audience from prison to Hollywood. Also: out-of-towners John Jeremiah Sullivan, Andres Gonzalez and Marcus Ubungen. “It’s going to be memo- rable,” says Doug McGray, editor-in-chief of the San Francisco–based Pop-Up and California Sunday magazines, which local readers may recognize as a supple-
metheus, one of the most famous monster tales — and sci-fi novels — ever written. To celebrate the bicentennial, the Hun- tington Library hosts Frankenstein: Then and Now, 1818-2018, a two-day confer- ence with scholars, writers, scientists and directors discussing various topics in- spired by the book, including its origins, publication, cultural and scientific im- pact, and film/stage adaptations over the years. A highlight is Saturday’s screening of Frankenstein, the 2011 National The- ater of Great Britain production, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, who alternated the roles of Dr. Frankenstein and the Creature. Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino; Fri.-Sat., May 11-12, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; $25. (626) 405- 2100, —Siran Babayan
sat 5/12 ART/CULTURE
Viva las Chicas
Inspired by an ongoing exhibition of works by the groundbreaking veteran artist-muralist Judithe Hernández, the Museum of Latin American Art’s Barrio Baroque is a freewheeling, far-ranging event aimed at celebrating Chicana feminism, women of color and their wildly varied creative outputs. With a set from the brilliant ’77 punk rock spear- head Alice Bag, a creative powerhouse
whose 21st-century re-emergence as both an author (with her stunning memoir Violence Girl) and a vocalist capable of electrifying performances and arresting statements on gender, inequity and social injustice; plus rad post-punk “artivists” ELLA, a dazzling array of multimedia installations, film, discussions, popups, more art, female craft vendors, food, booze and a photo booth, this is certain to be as thought-provoking as it is reward- ing. Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach; Sat., May 12, 4-8 p.m. $20; (562) 437-1680, —Jonny Whiteside
Start Your Summer
Endless beer and celebration launches your weekend into an inebriated strato- sphere at this year’s Downtown Los Ange- les Beer and Music Festival. This is the de facto start to summertime, boasting more than 100 craft beers, a wealth of food vendors and popup ramen restaurants, which help sop up all that booze taking up residence in your system — and, for reasons that shall become clearer after a few beers, the song stylings of Dirt Nasty, Mickey Avalon and Alien Ant Farm. A portion of the proceeds goes to Craft Gives Back, which donates to initia-
tives assisting children and adults with depression. Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., downtown; Sat., May 12, 7-10 p.m.; $35, $50 VIP. (213) 847-4970, —David Cotner
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