This weekend seems tailor made for scary movie fans…but there’s also great food, art, theater, puppets, Corvette cars, and more.
First up, starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, join the play reading group at the John C. Fremont branch library, 6121 Melrose Ave., for a performance of Steve Martin’s “Picasso at Lapin Agile.” It’s free of charge, and everyone is welcome. Come enjoy the performance, and consider joining the play reading group!
Also at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, and just a short distance away at the Wilshire Branch Library, 149 N. St. Andrews, there will be a screening of the classic 1955 noir film, “Kiss Me Deadly,”followed by a discussion of the film’s many L.A. locations, past and present, with special guest Jim Dawson, AFI researcher and author “Los Angeles’s Bunker Hill: Pulp Fiction’s Mean Streets and Film Noir’s Ground Zero!”
Then, for even more film fun, the American Cinematheque, at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., will present a six-film horror/sci-fi marathon, starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The films include “The House on Haunted Hill” (2 p.m.), “The Thing from Another World” (3:30 p.m.), “Freaks” (5:15 p.m.), “Them!” (6:45 p.m.), “The Haunting” (8:30 p.m.), and “Cat People” (10:30 p.m.). (Please note that the showtimes for films 2-6 are approximate.)
Moving back into movie offerings, and specifically another horror festival, the Montalban Rooftop, at the Montalban Theater, 1615 N. Vine St., is presenting “Camp Fangoria,” starting at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. It’s a 10-hour triple feature event, with screenings of “The Burning,” “Sleepaway Camp” and “Evil Dead 2,” along with special guests, DJ sets, horror trivia…and a special 20-minute “site-specific, fully immersive and existential experience” called “Simulacrum,” in the “guts” of the theater. See the link above for details and tickets.
And for yet another scary movie (definitely a theme this weekend!), the Cinespia film series, at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., will screen “Twilight,” starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday (gates open at 7:30). There will also be a special photo booth, along with concessions including beer, wine and food.
Moving on to Sunday morning, starting at 11 a.m., the Miracle Mile Toy Hall, 5464 Wilshire Blvd., will present a performance of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s Circus Show, followed by a meet and greet with your favorite puppets. The show is billed as “an exuberant, red-and-white-striped, golden vignette guilded, cotton candy scented, marionette theater production revival, commemorating the intrinsic joy and behemoth spectacle of a classic traveling circus, as envisioned by celebrated puppet master (and carnival enthusiast), Mr. Bob Baker.” Tickets are only $10, and it’s appropriate for even the youngest members of your family.
Meanwhile, just down the street at the Craft Contemporary, starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, a New Way of Life presents Testif-i, “an initiative that aims to transform the public dialogue on mass incarceration through storytelling.” Come and listen to the stories of formerly incarcerated women and discuss the tools, programs, and measures that can support their process of re-entry. The event is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP to [email protected] if you’d like to attend.