Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Weekly What To Do: See A Movie Or Check Out A Museum

Celebrate Rad Day
Rad Screenings
March 21
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The story of one young man, Cru Jones, who has the intensity and desire to win a BMX race called Helltrack. Remastered in 4K and back on the big screen in celebration of RAD DAY, the day of Rad’s original theatrical release in 1986. This special event will also include an exclusive Q&A moderated by RAD super fan Ed Helms (The Hangover).

Starts March 22nd
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It won an Academy Award, so it's back in theaters. Probably Godzilla at some point too.
"In celebration of the Academy Award win for Best Animated Feature for Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli’s latest feature, THE BOY AND THE HERON, GKIDS, the North American distributor for the Studio Ghibli library of films, is proud to bring the critically acclaimed and award winning feature back into theaters nationwide, beginning March 22nd. Bring back screenings will include exclusive bonus content featuring an introduction from the film’s composer Joe Hisaishi, who received a Golden Globe nod for his work on the film, and a recorded drawing session with supervising animator Takeshi Honda, who was honored at this year’s Annie Awards with a win for Best Character Animation."

NOIR CITY: Hollywood
Fri. Mar 22 - Sun. Mar 31, 2024
Egyptian Theatre
NOIR CITY: Hollywood returns to the Egyptian Theatre! One of the most elaborate noir showcases in the United States celebrates its 25th anniversary at the American Cinematheque with a killer lineup of twenty-three films. In the face of contemporary political turmoil, NOIR CITY has declared "Darkness Has No Borders" as its guiding principle. Alongside its classic lineup, the festival will present a series of allegorical double features, pairing international films with more familiar English-language ones. Join the Film Noir Foundation’s Eddie Muller and Alan K. Rode on a global adventure of noir cinema with twelve 35mm prints (including a glorious Nitrate print) and special guests for a splashy, sinister trip back in time.

Multiple Museums
Free, Might Have To RSVP

SoCal Museums announced today that this year’s Museums Free-for-All, an initiative started almost twenty years ago to invite new audiences and encourage cultural participation across Southern California, will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2024. This year more than thirty museums and cultural institutions are participating in the annual event, which has become a celebration of the region’s vibrant cultural landscape.

March 23, 2024 - April 7, 2024
Opening Reception / Mar 23, 5:00PM - 8:00PM
NUCLEUS 210 East Main St
Alhambra CA 91801
Gallery Nucleus is proud to welcome Lisa Hanawalt for her second exhibition of her personal paintings and drawings. Known as the production designer on Bojack Horseman and the creator of Tuca & Bertie, Lisa has also released several books such as Coyote Doggirl and Hotdog Taste Test.
Begins March 23 – April 7, 2024
Live Instagram Tour on @giantrobotstore and Art Available Online on Saturday, March 23rd, 11:00 am PST
Doors at 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Flyer Image by Olivia Pecini
Giant Robot Store
2015 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Easter Celebration
Sunday, March 24, from noon to 4 p.m.
1200 block of Third Street Promenade between Wilshire and Arizona, 
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM, Inc.)  is pleased to announce the return of its Easter Celebration on Sunday, March 24, from noon to 4 p.m. along the 1200 block of the Third Street Promenade. The family-friendly event includes free photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, live children's music and entertainment, face painting, balloon twisters, arts and crafts, engaging games and more.

The celebration kicks off with free photos with the Easter Bunny, with the first 200 kids receiving a special surprise treat. Attendees can groove to live children's music and entertainment while exploring the various activities and attractions throughout the event.

Mar 24-25
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This special double feature will be the U.S. theatrical premiere for both films and the first time an English dub of either movie has been shown.  This will be the first English dub within the “Rascal Does Not Dream” series.

Exclusive to Fathom Events will be a special video message for the fans from the film’s Japanese voice cast, shown prior to the screening.
Let Me Tell You About My Robot Best Friend: A.I. Companionship and Relationships Onscreen
MARCH 26 - APRIL 30, 2024
Los Feliz 3
"Growing by leaps and bounds, the technology of artificial intelligence has delivered higher and higher functionality and become a facet of our everyday lives. There are robot vacuums, robot delivery carts milling about on the streets, and soon self-driving cars will be the norm. But how close are we as a society to completely blurring the lines between human and A.I. relationships? Will robots fully integrate into our society as counterparts? Or family members? Will they police our cities? Become our partners?"
In Theaters on March 22, 2024
October 31, 1977. Johnny Carson rival Jack Delroy hosts a syndicated late night talk show ‘Night Owls’ that has long been a trusted companion to insomniacs around the country. A year after the tragic death of Jack’s wife, ratings have plummeted. Desperate to turn his fortunes around, Jack plans a Halloween special like no other, unaware that he is about to unleash evil into the living rooms of America.

Starts Friday 
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*This looks like an instant cult classic.
This neo-fairytale set in Wyoming, USA follows three mischievous children as they embark on an odyssey when their mother asks them to run an errand. On the hunt to obtain her favourite blueberry pie, the children are kidnapped by poachers, battle a witch, outwit a huntsman, befriend a fairy, and bond together to become best friends forever.

Princess Peach: Showtime! is out Mar 22nd. Fight as Princess Peach and have plenty of costume changes to unlock different powers.
UCB, a cheapo comedy show almost every night, see comedians before they make podcasts and have
stories about the UCB and before they hit the big time.

American Cinematheque-A celebrated independent theater group that brings both the talent and catalog of films to make for some of LA's best movie nights.

Check out classics and cult movies just a few stories above street level. Rooftop Movies at The Montalbán.

Secret Movie Club-Special edition posters and a large swatch of films to see.

 New Bev-Tarantino owned independent theater with old school style

Cinelounge - Hollywood based tiny theater, showing off indies you've never heard of
Brain Dead Studios-Newcomer that manages to fill its schedule almost every night

March 17 - August 25, 2024, 10 AM-5 PM (last group admitted at 4:30 PM)
Timed tickets are for 30-minute sessions and are free for Members, $8 for Non-members with a general admission ticket.

Visitors are able to walk among hundreds of butterflies in NHM’s outdoor, open-air netted enclosure. The seasonal experience also features colorful native plants and plenty of natural light to help guests see these creatures flutter and fly.

Visitors can expect to see the stages of the butterfly lifecycle — from eggs to caterpillars and chrysalises — for up to 30 different species, including California natives like the Mourning cloak and Common buckeye. Museum educators and animal care specialists will also be onsite to share what makes these animals so special.
March 2-Sept 1
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Admission $

Giant Robot Biennale 5 features artists Sean Chao, Felicia Chiao, Luke Chueh, Giorgiko, James Jean,
Taylor Lee, Rain Szeto, and Yoskay Yamamoto, among others. Since 2007, JANM has partnered with Eric Nakamura, founder of Giant Robot, to produce the Giant Robot Biennale, a recurring art exhibition that highlights diverse creative works celebrating the brand’s ethos.
March 9, 2024 – September 8, 2024
Bowers Museum 
$ Admission
 Never-before-seen at a museum and making its American debut, Asian Comics: Evolution of an Art Form presents the largest ever selection of original artworks from Asian comics, displayed alongside their printed, mass-produced forms. This exhibition is a vivid journey through the art of comics and visual storytelling across Asia. From its historical roots to the most recent digital innovations, the exhibition looks to popular Japanese manga and beyond, highlighting key creators, characters, and publications.