Just happy to be nominated....

Just happy to be nominated….

February may be the shortest month of the year but it’s crammed with exciting events:

The Super Bowl.  Valentine’s Day. Mardi Gras.

Condom Awareness Day.

Naturally, you participated fully in each and every one.

Now it’s time to help Tinseltown celebrate itself, its stars, its movies, and this Business We Call Show.

And remember…Ms. Go Go loves you.  She really loves you.

Gaming the Office Oscar Pool

Let’s be real.

Unless you have an Oscar obsession and/or lots of time on your hands, your method for picking the winners in the more obscure categories is uneducated at best, shot-in-the-dark at worst.

The films and your Oscar office pool deserve better.

The Dam Keeper -- one of the Animated Shorts showing at the Egyptian Theater.

The Dam Keeper — one of the Animated Shorts showing at the Egyptian Theater.

Luckily for you and the Academy Award-nominated artistes, Oscar Season at the American Cinematheque offers a pre-awards show slate of weekend screenings, seminars and panel discussions to help you win the Oscar pool cash prize and impress the hell out of your fellow red carpet watchers.

On Friday night, head to the Egyptian Theater (home of the first film premiere in 1922 of Robin Hood) for two separate screenings (7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.) of Documentary Shorts including Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1JoannaOur Curse,The Reaper (La Parka),and White Earth.

Saturday’s schedule includes early evening screenings of the 2015 Oscar-nominated Live-Action Shorts Aya, Boogaloo and GrahamButter LampParvaneh and The Phone Call (7:00 p.m.)  Stay for the screening of the Animated Shorts — The Bigger Picture, The Dam Keeper, Feast, Me and My Moulton, and A Single Life — at 9:30 p.m.

Looking for conversational tidbits to share between bites of chips and guacamole?  Check out the FREE (but you must RSVP) Invisible Art, Visible Artists seminar with Oscar-nominated editors and the very visual art produced by the Oscar-nominated guests on the Production Design Panel.

Now go forth and dominate.  Don’t spend that Oscar pool cash all in one place.

OSCAR SEASON AT THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUEFri, Feb 20 and Sat, Feb 21; various times. Free – $11Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028.  For tix and info, go HERE.

FIDM - Grand Budapest Hotel - close-upLooking Good

Sure, you’ll be dishing the designer duds on the red carpet but before you compile your personal list of Oscar parade hits and misses, check out the night’s real fashion stars at the 23rd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition

The FREE exhibit at FIDM’s DTLA campus features costumes from The Great Gatsby, last year’s Academy Award winner, as well as costumes from twenty notable films of 2014 including all five of the Oscar-nominated costume collections.

Admire Mme. Celine’s octogenarian attire from The Grand Budapest Hotel (Milena Canonero), 60’s counter-culture clothes from Inherent Vice (Mark Bridges), fairy tale fashion from Into the Woods (Colleen Atwood) and Maleficent (Anna B. Sheppard), and period artistry from Mr. Turner ( Jacqueline Durran).

You can say you knew them when.

23RD ANNUAL ART OF MOTION PICTURE COSTUME DESIGN EXHIBITION — Through April 25, 2015; Tues – Sat, 10am – 5pm.  FREE — FIDM Museum, 919 South Grand, 2nd Floor, DTLA 90015.  For more info, go HERE.

It had to be you.....

It had to be you…..

You’re the Star

Want to get glam and get gifted?

Head to the less congested part of Hollywood — at least for tonight — for Stella Barra Pizzeria’s Movie Awards Viewing Party.

Dress in red carpet chic or as your favorite movie character — see FIDM Museum, above, for inspiration — and get a gift card (for a future visit) equal to the amount you spent on your movie-viewing meal (minus tax and tip).

Already, you’re a winner.

In addition to their regular menu, Stella’s will be serving a three-course Big Movie Awards Tasting Menu, complete with wine pairings, for $35.  One bite of their Shaved Mushroom Pizza with Gruyere, melted onion and truffle and you’ll make a reservation on the spot to use your gift card soon.

You won’t be taking home a golden statuette but arrive at Stella by 5:00 p.m. and fill out an awards ballot/entry before the broadcast starts for a chance to win a one-night stay at The Huntley and a VIP brunch experience at M Street Kitchen, both in Santa Monica .

Who needs an Oscar to feel like a movie star?

MOVIE AWARDS VIEWING PARTYSun, Feb 22, 5 – 10:30 pm — Stella Barra Pizzeria, 6372 W Sunset Blvd, Hollywood 90028.  Reservations are recommended; call 323-301-4001 for questions or to confirm a table.  For more info, go HERE.

Chinese NYdragonMore Weekend Go Go Fun!

Elizabeth Harper‘s Dear God, Why? Just in time for Lent!  A virtual walking-tour of Italian death traditions including rented corpses, used hangmen’s nooses, and skull garlands!  Refreshments!  Fri, Feb 20

The Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival — Firecrackers!  Gourmet food showdowns!  Craft beer garden!  Sat, Feb 21

The Moth Grand Slam Championship, Los Angeles — “Mea Culpa” themed stories!  18+  Ticket doesn’t guarantee entry!  Mon, Feb 23

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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