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  • March 21, 2023, 12:30 pm: Book Sale

    The Friends of Memorial Branch Library have lots of gently used books for sale. Stop by to pick up something good to read!

  • March 21, 2023, 7:30 pm: Lawrence of Arabia

    Selected by the Music Branch. Introduction by Film Music Historian Jon Burlingame.

    This epic look at the adventurous life of T. E. Lawrence is widely considered the gold standard of biographical cinema, with its unusually intelligent script, breathtaking cinematography, imposing cast (led by a dazzling Peter O’Toole), and spectacular production value, all under the confident direction of David Lean. The film received ten nominations and seven Oscars, including for Best Picture, Directing, and Maurice Jarre’s symphonic score, highlighted by its instantly classic main theme. Jarre would go on to be Lean’s composer for the rest of their careers, earning additional Oscars for their collaborations on Doctor Zhivago (1965) and A Passage to India (1984).

    DIRECTED BY: David Lean. WRITTEN BY: Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson. WITH: Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif, Peter O’Toole. 1962. 228 min. UK. Color. Scope. English. Rated PG. 70mm.

  • March 22, 2023, 12:00 pm: Book Sale
  • March 22, 2023, 5:00 pm: Ebell Art Reception: The Power of the Female Lens

    To celebrate Women’s History Month in March, The Ebell is proud to present an all-female Fine Art Photography exhibit: The Power of the Female Lens.

    The show will feature works by:
    Janna Ireland
    Johanna Siegmann
    Jane Szabo

  • March 22, 2023, 6:30 pm: Melrose Wednesday Walk

    Would you like to meet some of your neighbors? Maybe you have an issue you'd like to discuss with our LAPD Senior Lead Officer in a non-emergency setting. Maybe you would just like to feel safe with a group walking our neighborhood. We'd like to make this happen! Typically we are joined by a member of the LAPD who is there to meet the community, answer questions and talk about what concerns us. Meet at the intersection of Spaulding and Waring if you'd like to join us!

  • March 23, 2023, 7:30 pm: The Hour of Liberation Has Arrived with Sambizanga

    The Hour of Liberation Has Arrived
    With The Hour of Liberation Has Arrived, Lebanese director Heiny Srour (b. 1945) became the first Arab female filmmaker to see her film screened in competition at Cannes. Centering the feminist guerrilla movement of the Dhofar Rebellion in Oman, Srour and her small crew trekked deep within the conflict to record the emancipatory People’s Liberation Army, producing a powerful record of a war and the sweeping social reforms that resulted from the uprising. Always outspoken about improving women’s place in Arab society, Srour’s empowering documentary fearlessly embodies female liberation both in front of and behind the camera.

    Born in rural France to parents of West Indian and French descent, Sarah Maldoror (1929–2020), like Varda, was 90 when she passed. After working as assistant director on The Battle of Algiers (1966), Maldoror would imbue the same radical spirit as Pontecorvo’s film in her adaptation of José Luandino Vieira’s novella about the events preceding the armed struggle against Portuguese rule in Angola as told through the eyes of Maria, a dock worker’s wife who travels on foot to beg for her husband’s release after his labor organizing efforts lead to his arrest.

    The Hour of Liberation Has Arrived
    DIRECTED BY: Heiny Srour. 1974. 62 min. UK/Lebanon/France. Color. Arabic. DCP.

    DIRECTED BY: Sarah Maldoror. WRITTEN BY: Sarah Maldoror, Mário de Andrade, Maurice Pons. WITH: Elisa Andrade, Domingos de Oliveira, Jean M'Vondo, 1972. 102 min. Angola/France. Color. Portuguese. DCP.

  • March 24, 2023, 1:00 pm: Drop-In Tours: Stories of Cinema—I Am Somebody

    The Education and Public Engagement team invites visitors to explore Stories of Cinema, the Academy Museum’s ongoing core exhibition that presents diverse, international, and complex stories of moviemakers and the works they create.  

    Join museum educators on Friday afternoons to explore highlights on moviemakers and movie objects.  

    In March, our Drop-In Tours will focus on Women in Film in both the Stories of Cinema and the Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971 exhibitions. Museum educators will explore the careers of women in film, spotlighting directors, actors, animators, and costume designers who celebrated firsts and used filmmaking to express their voices and artistic visions. Conversations with educators may highlight Madeline Anderson and her film I Am Somebody, Agnès Varda, and Lourdes Portillo.

    All are welcome to join this public drop-in style gallery conversation, free with admission, from 1pm to 3pm. Meet educators in Stories of Cinema, on Level 2 in the Wanda Gallery or on Level 3 in the Rolex Gallery, and Regeneration, on Level 4 in the Katzenberg Gallery.

    If you have any questions, or need assistance planning your visit, please email [email protected]

  • March 24, 2023, 3:00 pm: All Ages Chess Club

    Do you play chess? Interested in learning? Then join Stephen and Avi every Friday afternoon to learn and play chess with other people.

    All ages and levels of play are welcome!

  • March 24, 2023, 7:30 pm: The Adversary (Pratidwandi) with Company Limited (Seemabaddha)

    The Adversary (Pratidwandi)
    Satyajit Ray’s first film of the 1970s starts boldly with a series of hallucinatory negative-printed sequences. The opening chapter in Ray’s Calcutta Trilogy, The Adversary depicts medical student Siddhartha’s travails in the bustling West Bengal capital as he tries and fails to find work. Explosions rock the streets as random, communist ideology is entering middle-class discourse. Ray evokes the camera-eye immediacy of Dziga Vertov in the textures of urban life.

    Company Limited (Seemabaddha)
    After making a film about the ups and downs of the young people of West Bengal in a desperate search for work and meaning—The Adversary—Ray turns his attention to the people who have managed to find employment. Company Limited continues Ray’s Calcutta Trilogy with a vibrantly modernist look at a fan factory sales manager whose big contract with an Iraqi client could secure him a promotion. Ray takes us on a tour of swinging Calcutta with its clubs, salons, horse races, posh restaurants, and cabarets.

    The Adversary (Pratidwandi)
    DIRECTED/WRITTEN BY: Satyajit Ray. WITH: Dhritiman Chatterjee, Krishna Bose, Indira Devi, Kalyan Chowdhury. 1970. 110 min. India. B&W. Bengali. 4K DCP. New 4K restoration DCP, courtesy of National Film Archive of India.

    Company Limited (Seemabaddha)
    DIRECTED/WRITTEN BY: Satyajit Ray. WITH: Barun Chanda, Harindranath Chattopadhyay, Parumita Chowdhury, Sharmila Tagore. 1971. 112 min. India. B&W. Bengali. 35mm. Restored by the Satyajit Ray Preservation Project at the Academy Film Archive with funding from The Film Foundation. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.