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Check out the Indian Film Festival of L.A. April 8-12

Posted by Amoebite, March 26, 2015 05:11pm | Post a Comment

indian film festival los angelesWe’re proud to be a sponsor of the 13th Annual Indian Film Festival of L.A., taking place April 8-12 at the ArcLight Hollywood. Tickets are on sale now.

IFFLA showcases features, shorts and documentaries created by emerging Indian filmmakers and seasoned auteurs. Amoeba is sponsoring a screening of the smash film TAAL on April 11 at 9:30pm. Buy tickets to that screening here.

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As part of the festival’s “Bollywood By Night” series, TAAL the soundtrack by A.R. Rahman is considered one of the best in Bollywood history. Originally released in 1999, the film, about a star-crossed pair of a wealthy young man and the daughter of a folk singer who fall in love, is directed by Subhash Ghai and stars Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Akshaye Khanna.

Watch the trailer below:

The festival features 25 films, including four world premieres, seven North American premieres, two U.S. premieres and 10 Los Angeles premieres, hailing from six different countries and in 10 different languages. Other highlights include the world premiere screening of comedy One Crazy Thing, directed by IFFLA alum Amit Gupta (Jadoo) and featuring BAFTA “Breakthrough Brit” winner Ray Panthaki, and the Los Angeles premiere of Academy Award-winner Danis Tanovi?’s latest film, the political thriller Tigers, starring Bollywood heartthrob Emraan Hashmi.

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Influential Guitarist/British Folk Revivalist John Renbourn Has Died

Posted by Billyjam, March 26, 2015 03:43pm | Post a Comment

The influential British guitarist and songwriter John Renbourn died earlier today, reportedly the result of a heart attack, it was reported the Guardian. The 70 year old artist, known for his solo work as well as with the legendary jazz-tinged, progressive British folk group Pentangle, was described by Amoeba.com biographer J. Poet as "one of the Godfathers of Britain’s folk revival" and "one of the best fingerpickers in the world and if he never did anything else but help found Pentangle, the world’s first folk/jazz band, his place in music history would be secure." You can add to those accolades the huge influence the prolific artist's guitar playing has had on so many folk guitarists of the past several decades. Between his solo releases and those with Pentangle (with whom he formed with the late Bert Jansch) Renbourn recorded and released over 30 albums, getting nominated twice for Grammys. Wrote J. Poet in 2008 "He’s approaching his 50th year of music making with no signs of slowing down" which was absolutely accurate since Renbourn was busy right up to his death - currently on with guitarist / singer Wizz Jones. In fact he was due to perform last night (Wednesday March 25th) at the Ferry in Glasgow but, according to today's Guardian news report when he failed to show up a the Scottish music club "colleagues became concerned" which in turn led to police finding him dead at his home this morning (March 26th). Rest in peace.

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Isle of Wight Festival: From Outlawed Event to Celebrated Leader of "Festival Island"

Posted by Billyjam, March 26, 2015 12:00pm | Post a Comment

In recent years the prestigious UK Festival Awards named the once outlawed Isle Of Wight Festival the 'Best Major Festival' across the festival-rich United Kingdom that hosts such other well known annual festivals as Glastonbury, Reading, and Creamfields. But once upon a time - back five decades ago - so controversial was this short-lived rock music festival off the southern coast of England, that began as a counterculture event during the "summer of love" in 1968, that following its overwhelmingly popular third year it got shut down by the government. In fact so notorious the shutdown of the event dubbed "the Woodstock of Europe" that it even earned a British Parliament Act named after it.

Following the 1970 Isle of Wight festival, which horrified many locals when it attracted an estimated 600,000 long haired hippies to this once quiet small southern English island. For context that was nearly five times the population of the island - hence the uproar by the ill-prepared citizens of the island whose loud vocal complaints were heard by politicians. Hence why before the next year's festival could take place the British Parliament had passed the "Isle of Wight Act."  That act introduced new legislature that made it illegal to present gatherings of more than 5,000 people on the island without a special license.

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Next First Fridays Show Features Garage Rockers Cherry Glazerr, White Fence April 10

Posted by Amoebite, March 25, 2015 06:06pm | Post a Comment

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The next First Fridays show at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles features California bands Cherry Glazerr and White Fence April 10. Tickets are $18 without a museum membership. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor. Come out to the show and swing by our booth to pick up some swag!

cherry glazerr haxel princess lpNamed after the KCRW host Chery Glaser, Cherry Glazerr are a young L.A. trio fronted by Clementine Creevy. The singer / guitarist’s tunes are as laden with attitude as they are with catchy melodies on their debut album, Haxel Princess, which features such song titles as “Bloody Bandaid” and “Trick or Treat Dancefloor.” Mixing spacey sensibilities with garage-rock chords and snarling vocals in a similar fashion to The Breeders, Cherry Glazerr have won the hearts and minds of L.A. music lovers and beyond. Their latest release was the 2014 single “Had Ten Dollaz.”

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Assata Shakur Celebrated In Womyn's Legacy Program At National Black Theatre

Posted by Billyjam, March 25, 2015 01:12pm | Post a Comment
In their ever continued dedicated display of hip-hop, as a wide cultural movement, that can be utilized as a tool to uplift, educate, and fight against social injustices The Universal Zulu Nation present another program for Women's History Month (or Womyn's Legacy Month as they present it) with a special program tonight that focuses on the controversial figure Assata Shakur. Aptly entitled "Assata Shakur, Cuba, Black August & the role of Womyn in using Hip Hop Culture as a tool for Liberation & Revolutionary Struggle" today's (Weds March 25th) three hour program takes place at the Universal Zulu Nation's NYC chapter's favorite venue; Harlem's National Black Theater. The program will present Shakur in different mediums including a screening of Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolondo's award winning film Eyes Of The Rainbow - the documentary film with Assata Shakur that is set in Cuba and features music and dance. The program will include guest speaker Sister Monifa S. Perry. There will also be a reading of portions of The Autobiography of Assata Olugbala Shakur, as well as a discussion on Black August and the role of women (womyn) in using the rich cultural movement that is hip-hop as a means to empower and fight for liberation in a revolutionary struggle.

The documentary Eyes of the Rainbow, which appears in full below,  tackles the never dull life of Assata Shakur, the Black Panther and Black Liberation Army leader who in 1973  was involved in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike in which she was accused of killing a New Jersey State Trooper, and who escaped from prison and was given political asylum in Cuba. This film views Assata in an Afro Cuban context, including the Yoruba Orisha Oya, goddess of the ancestors, of war, of the cemetery and of the rainbow. Eyes of the Rainbow was dedicated by Rolondo to "all women who struggle for a better world." As such Assata, who is considered a terrorist by some but a hero to others and has famously referenced herself as a "20th century escaped slave," is a prime example of an African American woman leading the struggle in the fight of calling for social justice.

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