Go Go Here: Downtown Film, Music for Oklahoma, Free UnCabaret

How to watch films in L.A. (Courtesy of Downtown Film Festival)
How we watch film in L.A. (Courtesy of Downtown Film Festival)

Your stars and stripes buns were a hit at the grill.

Your spontaneous rendition of Born in the USA inspired a flash mob at the fro-yo stand.

And everyone was jealous of your rocket’s red glare.

Read on to be the hero of your own summer.

How to Be Cool and Beat the Heat

There’s a reason theaters are mobbed in summer.

Air conditioning.

Unlike multiplexes in the ‘burbs, the Downtown Film Festival offers cool with your cool.

Celebrating its fifth year, the award-winning fest presents 100+ indie features, documentaries, and shorts over eleven days;  many are L.A. premieres of award-winning films from national and international fests.

Downtown Film Festival 2013In addition to series that feature both female and Latino filmmakers, fest highlights include: screenings of international digital shorts at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art during this Thursday’s Downtown L.A. Art Walk; a free public screening of the 2013 winners of the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series, presented by Oscar-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious) on Friday, July 12th; and a special showcase of  French 3-D shorts on Sunday, July 14th, which not-so-coincidentally happens to be Bastille Day.

Viva les shorts.

The majority of films will screen at the Downtown Independent Theater; other unique venues include the L.A. Grammy Museum, the Edison, and a free, closing night screening  at Los Angeles Union Station.

Forget it, Jake.  It’s Chinatown.

DOWNTOWN FILM FESTIVALWed, July 10 – Sat, July 20; FREE – $20For more info re: schedules, venues and films, go to: http://www.dffla.com/

More music for Moore, OK.
More music for Moore, OK.

Good for OK

This Thursday’s Moore, Oklahoma benefit is practically a country song in itself.

When Angie Taylor’s students lost their instruments in the May 20th tornado that decimated the town of Moore, Oklahoma, the band director vowed that she would replace them.

This Thursday, July 11, a half-dozen of L.A’s best singer-songwriters will help Taylor keep her promise.

Veteran songwriters Tracy Newman and Severin Browne are producing the benefit, which will feature fellow stellar writers/performers Marty Axelrod, Bill Berry, Cynthia Carle, and Kevin Fisher at the Talking Stick in Venice.  100% of the night’s proceeds will go directly to help Taylor and the kids of Highland West Junior High start making music again.

This Thursday, the happy ending is up to you.

TRACY NEWMAN AND SEVERIN BROWNE PRESENT A BENEFIT FOR VICTIMS OF THE TORNADO IN MOORE, OKLAHOMAThurs, July 11 @ 7:00 p.m.; all ages; $20 The Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Blvd, Venice 90291  https://www.facebook.com/events/474222522660917/

People say funny things.
People say funny things.

Grand UnPerformances

Comedian Beth Lapides’s weekly Sunday night UnCabaret at First & Hope is one of L.A.’s classiest comedy nights.  On Friday, UnCabaret joins with Grand Performances and goes al fresco.

Plan accordingly.  Bring your cocktails in a flask.

Alec Mapa, Mary Beth Abella, Kristina Wong, Suzanne Whang and Charlene Deguzman crack wise at this special UnCabaret under the stars as part of Grand Performances’ “NEA-supported look at Los Angeles as the gateway for Asian immigration”.

You’ll just call it the gateway to laughs.

UNCABARET AT GRAND PERFORMANCESFri, July 12 @ 8pm; FREECalifornia Plaza, 350 S Grand, DTLA 90071 http://www.grandperformances.org/events/uncabaret/

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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