This is one of those weekends when you’ve got no excuse to be bored – so many fun things to do…and a great number of them this week involve film (not surprising since Hollywood’s awards season kicks off this weekend, with the Golden Globes presentations on Sunday).
But first, for comics and sci fi fans, you could start weekend at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and runs both Saturday and Sunday at the Reef, 1933 S. Broadway in downtown LA. Special guests include artists (George Perez, Ryan Meinerding, Ruben Procopio, Jon Bogdanove, Frank Forte), animators (Phil Bourassa, Dusty Abell, Justin Copeland), celebrities (Josh McDermitt, Khary Payton, Patrick Duffy), and more.
If you’d prefer to watch some great cartoons in a theater, Cinefamily will be ringing in the new year with a “Once Upon a Time” fairy tale and fables edition of its Saturday morning cartoon series. “Once upon a time, we would wake up early, fill up a bowl full of cereal, and get really close to the TV to watch Saturday morning cartoons,” says the film organization. But you don’t have to get up as early as you might have as a kid. The show starts at 11 a.m. And yes, pajamas are encouraged (though not mandatory).
Later, at the John C. Fremont library, from 12 to 4 p.m., pick up some new old books (or DVDs or CDs) to enjoy in the new year, at the monthly Friends of the Library book sale. New items are added each month, and prices are cheap enough – generally from $.25 to $1.00 – to stock up for the whole year.
If you’re in a more creative mood, check out “Common Threads: A Fiber Art Experience,” at the Craft and Folk Art Museum at 1 p.m. The museum is currently featuring two fiber-based exhibitions, and this workshop includes a tour of both, along with the chance to create your own fiber sculpture with artist Mimi Haddon. Tickets are $60 ($50 for museum members) and include workshop materials and refreshments. It’s also a joint project with the Fowler Museum, so contact [email protected] to register, or download a registration form at http://www.fowler.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/1.07-Registration-Form.pdf
With the Golden Globes coming up on Sunday, the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., will be holding a Golden Globe Foreign-Language Film Symposium at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Directors and cast members (including Isabel Huppert and Gael Garcia Bernal) will discuss the five nominated films in the foreign language category, starting at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free, but RSVPs are requested for priority admission. Those who do not RSVP will be admitted on a first come, first served basis as space permits. The event will also stream live on both YouTube and Facebook Live (Egyptian Theatre).
For more afternoon film fun, the New Beverly, 7165 Beverly Blvd., will screen the Laurel and Hardy classic “Flying Deuces” at 2 p.m. Saturday. And later, you can catch Robert DeNiro in “Raging Bull at 7 p.m….and the camp classic “Reefer Madness” at 11:59 p.m.
Also, back at the Egyptian, the Cinematheque celebrates Hiayao Myazaki with a showing of the animated Akira at 7 p.m.…and silent films with a 7:30 p.m. screening of 1919’s “Broken Blossoms,” starring the legendary Lillian Gish. That one will have live musical accompaniment by Cliff Regallick.
On Sunday, it’s back to CAFAM for “Community Book Installation with Tm Gratkowski,” a CraftLab Family Workshop. Drop in any time between 1:30 and 3:30 for a chance to work with artist Gratkowski to create a large-scale book art piece that will be installed in the museum’s lobby as part of the exhibition “Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California.” You’ll spend the afternoon with the artist and become part of a community of makers who bring this artwork to life. All participants will be credited in the installation, and there’s no charge for the event.
Afterward, if you’re hungry, head over to Larchmont’s Salt and Straw ice cream shop to celebrate Elvis Presley’s birthday with a special Elvis-themed flavor. Every year, the company pays “tribute to the King’s birthday on January 8th with a different ice cream iteration of his favorite foods: bacon, bananas, and peanut butter.” This year, the offering starts with “lightly spiced banana custard ice cream that’s ‘all shook up’ with chunks of peanut butter bacon cookie dough (imagine pralined bacon bits in place of chocolate chips). Then we swirl in a ribbon of marionberry jam that’s so good it will make you wiggle your hips in delight.”
Later, if you’re planning to watch the Golden Globes telecast anyway (or if this might make you want to watch it) you can return to Cinefamily as comedian Doug Benson interrupts the Golden Globes—or rather, he and his funny friends will talk over the Golden Globes broadcast.The event is free (though you need to pre-register) and the doors open at 4 p.m. for a potluck dinner (yes, bring food!). The show begins at 5 p.m.
And finally on Sunday, you could also choose to remember rock legend David Bowie on what would have been his 70th birthday with a double feature screening of “Labyrinth” and “Ziggy Startdust and the Spiders from Mars,” at 7:30 p.m. back at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theater (gosh, they’re busy this weekend!).
Have a great weekend…most likely at the movies!