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The Piano Van on the Streets of LA

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 20, 2013 06:16pm | Post a Comment

Bay Area transplant Chris Stroffolino is a former Silver Jews member, a Ph.D.-holding Shakespearean scholar, published chris stroffolino piano vanauthor of eight books of poetry, AND a one-time Amoeba Music Home Grown Artist of the Month. Now in Los Angeles, Stroffolino and his rescued, upright piano reside and perform in his 1980’s Ford Econoline van. The van serves as his part-time stage, rehearsal space, recording studio, and full-time living quarters. A prolific singer/songwriter, a chalkboard paint-covered sliding van door announces his influences: Indie, Punk, Brill Building, Motown, and Velvets.

This guy is the real deal and he's mobile. You can catch him playing wherever the van takes him -- Griffith Park, outside a Trader Joe's, in parking lots of music venues -- but we suggest following him on Twitter at @Piano_Van to get updates on his next coordinates.

Jeff Feuerzeig, the director of the documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston, is recording a series of videos with Stroffolino. Here's the latest, his infectious interpretation of Toby Keith's "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight."

Los Angeles's Secret, Foreign Language Movie Theater Scene

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 7, 2013 01:18pm | Post a Comment

Los Angeles is a film town -- maybe the film town. Like the Hollywood district contained within it, the name "Los Angeles" a metonym for American film industry in the minds of many. "La La Land," "The Entertainment Capital of the World" and all that. I love movies; however, in my mind, the Hollywood film thing actually ranks pretty low in the long list of what makes Los Angeles the greatest city in the world. This is possibly (probably) shocking to hear/read if you're a cog in the blockbuster factory or a celebrity worshipper but better you find that out now than never. Luckily, Los Angeles doesn't just make movies, it also shows them. There are few cities in the world with as robust a film culture as Los Angeles.

For those who love celebrity-driven, gazillion dollar CGI superhero franchises you're in luck; there are multiplexes in every mall and Redboxes at every 7-11. Thankfully for other varieties of cinéastes, there's a lot more to Los Angeles’s mise en scène than that. There are architecturally beautiful picture palaces, romantic drive-ins, dingy dollar theaters, high profile revival houses, low profile smut houses, and actual art house chains. Additionally there are all sorts of special screenings and festivals that take place every week of the year.

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15th Annual Festival of Film Noir, Final Week at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 15, 2013 01:10am | Post a Comment


The Mrs. and I were fortunate enough to catch three of last week's showings, including the fantastic Saturday night tear jerker Chicago Calling.  Unfortunately we'll be gone for the final week of the festival.  Hopefully some of you will make it out as there are some stellar pictures being offered!

Wednesday brings the powerhouse all star combo of Cry of the City and The KIllers.  The Cry cast includes Richard Conte, Victor Mature, Shelly Winters and most importantly Hope Emerson KIllers stars Ava Gardner and Burt Lancaster at their most ravishing and William Conrad at his creepiest.

Thursday brings a pair of lesser knowns in Undercover Man and So Dark The Night.  So Dark has quite a cult following and could prove to be a goodie.

The Native Son and No Way Out combo on Friday should be spectacular.  No Way Out is a gritty, racially charged classic, featuring Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and Harry Bellaver.  The criminally underrated Bellaver, best known as Detective Frank Arcaro from the Naked City TV series, is great as the deaf/mute brother of Ray Biddle, Widmark's maniacal, psycho racist.  Richard Widmark throws his whole self into character and really summons up some demonic forces in this film.  Native Son is an Argentinian/French production based on the well known Richard Wright novel.  Directed by Pierre Chenal of Le Dernier Tournant (1st adaption of Postman Always Rings Twice) fame, this is a very rare screening and is well worth the price of admission.

First Fridays at the Natural History Museum With Javelin and Helado Negro, May 3rd

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2013 06:55pm | Post a Comment

Join Amoeba Music for May's edition of First Fridays! Once a month, Los Angeles's Natural History Museum stays open late and features live music, excitingFirst Fridays, NHM, Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, LA scientific discussion, and behind-the-scenes curatorial tours as part of the First Fridays program. Amoeba is excited to sponsor this fabulous series of live music, discussion, concessions, tours, DJs, and more.

Join us on May 3rd from 5-10pm for live performances from Javelin and Helado Negro, special DJs, and a guest lecture on dinosaurs from Sean B. Carroll!

PLUS: Check out the Amoeba Music booth to purchase a $20 Amoeba Gift Certificates for just $15! Limit 2 per person.

Find out more HERE!

 



15th Annual Festival of Film Noir Continues at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 10, 2013 11:13am | Post a Comment



Wednesday, April 10th begins the second week of the 15th Annual Festival Of Film Noir at the Egyptian Theatre.  Wednesday brings us a pair of Fritz Lang rarities in the gothic melodrama House By The River and Joan Bennett vehicle Secret Beyond The Door.  The stunning Ms. Bennett was a Lang favorite, appearing in Woman In The Window and Scarlet Street.  She had a long and varied career including notable roles as the headmistress of both Collinwood in the original Dark Shadows TV series and the boarding school in Dario Argento's Suspiria

Thursday offers up a couple of not-on-DVD rarities in The Case Against Brooklyn and City Across The RiverCIty is considered amongst the earliest film to deal with street gangs and juvenile delinquency and features a young Tony Curtis as well as familiar character faces in Stephen McNally, Jeff Corey, Anabel Shaw and Thelma Ritter

Friday promises much in the double feature Street Of Chance and Night Has A Thousand Eyes, both based on Cornell Woolrich novels and boasting casts featuring Clare



Trevor
, Burgess Meridith, Sheldon
Leonard and Edward G Robinson.

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