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ART IN THE ARTHOUSE presents: Hung Viet Nguyen: PLACES at the Royal

   With great pride, ART IN THE ARTHOUSE welcomes back artist HUNG VIET NGUYEN and his gorgeous new show, PLACES. The show will run at the Royal till May, 2019. Sales benefit the Laemmle Foundation and its support of humanitarian and environmental causes in Los Angeles.About the exhibitBorn in Vietnam in 1957, Hung Viet Nguyen studied biology at the Science University in Saigon. After relocating to the U.S. in 1982, Nguyen found work as an illustrator, graphic artist and designer. He developed his artistic skills carefully studying a variety of traditional Eastern and Western forms, media and techniques. His complex, [...]
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It’s Time for Our Annual Predict the Oscars Contest!

With the 91st Academy Awards right around the corner, it’s time for our annual Predict the Oscars Contest! The person who most accurately predicts the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s choices in all 24 categories, from the shorts to Best Picture, will win fabulous prizes (free movies and concessions at Laemmle)!First place wins a Laemmle Premiere Card worth $150. Second place wins a Laemmle Premiere Card worth $100. Third place wins a Laemmle Premiere Card worth $50. Entries are due by 10AM the morning of the awards ceremony on February 24th.Not sure what a Laemmle Premiere Card is? Think of it like a prepaid gift card [...]
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CAPERNAUM Q&A with Filmmaker at the Monica Film Center.

CAPERNAUM Q&A with director Nadine Labaki following the 7 pm show on Tuesday,
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LAEMMLE LIVE presents Samohi Chamber Orchestra and Rich Capparela February 24

This is a Free EventRSVP on EventbriteLAEMMLE LIVE is delighted to welcome back the talented musicians of the Samohi Chamber Orchestra. Repertoire will include Der Tod Und Das Mädehen (Death and the Maiden) by Franz Schubert, arranged for string Orchestra by Gustav Mahler and Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra with Piano Obbligato by Ernest Bloch. Joni Swenson and Jason Aiello, Directors. Guest Host, KUSC Radio Announcer Rich Capparela.Samohi has a long tradition of musical excellence. Several factors contribute to the strength of the Samoni music program including strong elementary and middle school programs, [...]
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ART IN THE ARTHOUSE presents: Francisco Alvarado: Underpinnings of a Digital Landscape

Check out our brand spanking new art show in Santa Monica! Laemmle's Art in the Arthouse proudly presents Francisco Alvarado: Underpinnings of a Digital Landscape. The show will run at the Monica Film Center till May, 2019. Sales benefit the Laemmle Foundation and its support of humanitarian and environmental causes in Los Angeles.About the ExhibitEcuadorian artist FRANCISCO ALVARADO creates landscapes, foliage and gardens of flat color cut-outs. Raised near fields of beautiful South American farmland, butted against cooled lava pits, the artist recalls his childhood with paint and renders them with joy and animated vision. Alvarado alch [...]
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THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK Q&A Opening Night at the Monica Film Center.

THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK filmmaker Henry Dunham will participate in a Q&A following the 7:40 pm show on Friday,
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Happy New Year! See the Shortlisted Foreign Films at Laemmle Theatres!

And then there were nine. Eighty-seven nations submitted one film each to compete for the 2019 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and last month the Academy announced its shortlist. Cinephiles can now or very soon see all but one of these extraordinary movies, which tell stories of Europe, the Middle East, North and South America, and Asia, on a Laemmle screen:Birds of Passage (Colombia), dirs.: Cristina Gallego/Ciro GuerraThe Guilty (Denmark), dir: Gustav MollerNever Look Away (Germany), dir: Florian Henckel von DonnersmarckShoplifters (Japan), dir: Hirokazu Kore-edaAyka (Kazakhstan), dir: Sergei Dvortsevoy (this one i [...]
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Q&A’s with Anna Zamecka, Oscar Shortlisted Filmmaker of COMMUNION.

COMMUNION filmmaker Anna Zamecka will participate in Q&A's at the Fine Arts on January 3 (after the 7:30 PM show); at the Laemmle Glendale on January 4 (following 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM shows); and at the Monica Film Center on January 5 (following 11:00 AM show).Sean Penn and the International Documentary Association's Claire Aguilar will co-host the January 3rd screening at the Fine Arts.
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Oscars Spotlight: Documentaries

Whether they expose, enlighten, or simply entertain, we love seeing documentaries on the big screen. That’s why we’re delighted to team with the Academy on a special program that kicks off the new year: OSCARS SPOTLIGHT: DOCUMENTARIES, an opportunity to see all of the vital and compelling films on the Academy’s nominations shortlist at our Santa Monica and Pasadena theaters.  All Q&A's will be at the Santa Monica location unless otherwise noted. There may be additional Q&A's so stay tuned.DateTitleThursday, 1/03 at 7pm FREE SOLOSaturday, 1/05 at 11amCOMMUNION Q&A with director Anna ZameckaSunday, 1/06 a [...]
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LAEMMLE LIVE presents: Kaleidoscope Orchestra January 27 in Santa Monica

RSVP ON EVENTBRITEThis is a Free EventLAEMMLE LIVE proudly launches its third season with the musicians of Kaleidoscope Orchestra. The critically acclaimed local conductorless chamber orchestra is dedicated to enriching lives through exhilarating concert experiences, artistic excellence, musician leadership, and connecting with the diverse communities of Los Angeles. They envision a world where commitment to collaborative artistic process results in profound orchestral performances that inspire people to pursue cooperation and artistry in their own creative, professional and personal lives. Benjamin Mitchell, President. For more info, please [...]
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ART IN THE ARTHOUSE: More Art for the Holidays

If you are in Claremont, Pasadena, NoHo or West Los Angeles this holiday season, check out our fine art galleries. No ticket required. Laemmle's ART IN THE ARTHOUSE continues to connect film audiences with the visual arts all year long and our artwork is for sale.  You might be inspired to buy a memorable work of art for someone special. Our CLAREMONT ART SHOW, curated by Joshua Elias, is winding down in late January. Highlights include digital works by Ron Dunlap, florals by Kathy Leeds and dynamic images by James Miley. Or peruse the artworks of our PASADENA artists including the playful collages of Lois Keller, bol [...]
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THE PARTY’S JUST BEGINNING Q&A Moderated by John Cho with with Cast and Crew at the Monica Film Center Opening Night.

THE PARTY'S JUST BEGINNING Q&A moderated by John Cho with actor, filmmaker Karen Gillan, actor Rachel Jackson, producers Mali Elfman, R. Andru Davies, executive producer Tien-Huei Grace Yeh following the 7:45 pm show on Friday,
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ART IN THE ARTHOUSE: Art for the Holidays

With the holidays right around the corner, why not consider giving a meaningful gift of art or simply stop by to view our galleries. No tickets required. ART IN THE ARTHOUSE connects film audiences with the visual arts all year long and our artwork is for sale.  We proudly deliver a unique, alternative art-viewing experience at seven of our nine venues. You might be inspired to buy a memorable work of art for someone special.Check out the bold, dynamic paintings and collages of Isabella Kelly-Ramirez at the Monica Film Center. Ramirez coopts images from fashion and art magazines, repurposing them to create surreal urban legends and ironi [...]
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BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY Q&A’s with Filmmaker Opening Weekend at the Monica Film Center.

BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY director Dava Whisenant will participate in Q&A's following the 7:50 pm shows on Friday, 11/30 & Saturday, 12/1 and after the 1:10 pm show on Sunday, 12/2. 
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PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE Q&A’s Saturday, 12/1 at the Monica Film Center.

PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE post screening Q&A's:Saturday Dec 1st: 4:10pm (director Hao Wu & Adrian Chen, staff writer at The New Yorker) and 7:00pm (director with a panel of Chinese online
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The New Yorker Magazine on BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY, Opening Friday at the Monica Film Center: “Can a Musical Sponsored by a Toilet Manufacturer Be a Work of Art?”

From the New Yorker today, November 27, 2018, by Richard Brody: From the title alone, it’s obvious that “Bathtubs Over Broadway,” a new documentary by Dava Whisenant that opens this Friday, will be a delight. Its subject is the industrial musical—plays produced by corporations for their employees to enjoy at nationwide or regional sales meetings and conventions. Steve Young, who was, for more than twenty years, a writer for David Letterman, became obsessed, in the mid-nineties, with these shows—in particular, with LPs of them, which were pressed solely to be distributed to employees as souvenirs. The ostensible s [...]
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DRIVERX Q&A’s Featuring Cast and Crew Opening Weekend and Wednesday, 12/5 at the Monica Film Center.

DRIVERX  Q&A details 11/30 7:10 pm - Q&A Guest Moderator - Dan Bucatinsky (Emmy Award winning actor and producer) Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) - Lead Actor Henry Barrial - Writer/Director Mark Stolaroff - Producer Tanya Clarke (Banshee) - Lead Actress Daniel Lynn - DP Marvin Etzioni - Music contributionsFriday 11/30 10 pm - Intro  Guest Moderator - Dan Bucatinsky (Emmy Award winning actor and producer) Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) - Lead Actor Henry Barrial - Writer/Director Mark Stolaroff - Producer Tanya Clarke (Banshee) - Lead Actress Daniel Lynn - DP Saturday 12/1 7:10 pm - Q&A [...]
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SONG OF BACK AND NECK Q&A with Filmmaker Opening Night at the Monica Film Center.

SONG OF BACK AND NECK filmmaker Paul Lieberstein will participate in a Q&A moderated by Rainn Wilson after the 7:40 pm show on Friday,
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LAEMMLE LIVE presents: Crossroads School Jazz “A” Band December 2 in Santa Monica

RSVP ON EVENTBRITEThis is a Free EventLAEMMLE LIVE proudly presents the extraordinary Crossroads School Jazz "A" Band on Sunday, December 2, 2018 performing classic, contemporary and original jazz.Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences is a K-12, coed college preparatory school in Santa Monica, California. Crossroads was founded upon five basic commitments: to academic excellence; to the arts; to the greater community; to the development of a student population of social, economic and racial diversity; and to the development of each student's physical well-being and full human potential. One in four students receives financi [...]
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THE LONG DUMB ROAD Q&A’s with Cast and Crew at the Monica Film Center and Glendale.

THE LONG DUMB ROAD Q&A to follow the 7:30 pm show at the Monica Film Center on Friday, 11/16 and after the 7:15 pm show on Saturday, 11/17 at the Film Center:Moderated by: Casey WilsonAttending: Hannah Fidell (director) and Tony Revolori (cast)Glendale:Moderated by: Michaela WatkinsAttending: Hannah Fidell (director), Taissa Farmiga (cast) and Grace Gummer (cast)
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