Happy death day to you. Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a holiday that celebrates the lives of relatives deceased. The holiday is most often recognized by colorful “sugar skulls,” which are usually adorned with vivid colors and traditional Day of the Dead patterns. The Museum of Latin American Art will be hosting its annual Dia de los Muertos family festival Sunday. The event will feature several activities that celebrate the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead. Notably, there will be several altars exhibited that have been constructed by families from the local area honoring deceased family members. “The goal is to have the community see themselves in the artwork,” MOLAA Education Curator Gabriela Martinez said. According to Martinez, the event saw 3,500 attendees last year and the museum is hoping for 5,000 this year. There will be free parking in front of MOLAA on a first come, first serve basis; however, there will also be an auxiliary parking lot set up by the Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Convention Center. Parking will be $10 and MOLAA will be providing a free shuttle service to and from the auxiliary lot from 11a.m. to 5:45p.m.
An ethereal voice wailed violently to the tune of a tortured, melancholy jazz as the Marin County courthouse in San Rafael, California filled the projector screen. Old photos depicting the bloodied bodies of Black men who had been gunned down after attempting to free political prisoners and kidnapping a judge and three jurors in the middle of trial proceedings flashed by in black and white. This is how “Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners” begins. The film depicts the fight for Davis’ freedom from prison after she was implicated in kidnapping, conspiracy and murder because, even though she wasn’t there, the guns were registered in her name. The film played from 2-4 p.m. at California State University, Long Beach’s Karl Anatol Conference Center and was the first sociology department Metropolitan and Policy Studies Network event this academic year. Davis, a counterculture activist involved with the Black Panthers, worked as a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles until she was fired for being a member of the Communist Party. “Although, obviously the climate has changed a great deal since then, on some level, you always have to be cognizant of the politics you come with [as a professor],”
After three days, 76 films and many buckets of popcorn, it's safe to say the inaugural Laguna Film Fest transformed the Laguna Nigel Regency Theater into a miniature Hollywood red carpet event. “I feel accomplished and tired,” said Austin Fickman, a Laguna Beach High School senior who founded the Laguna Film Festival. “I’m really happy with the turnout for the first year. We survived, and we had audiences up to 150 something people and it was a really cool thing to see filmmakers and film lovers come together.” With over 24 hours worth of short films scattered throughout three days and nine different categories simply did not feel like enough time. Unfortunately Fickman said due to time constraint films from the experimental category did not end up running. Fickman said next year he plans to have the event during August where the festival can dedicate a week to the films. "Alison and Jeremy" Directed by Alyxandra Press Alison has a date with her childhood friend Jeremy that she once had a crush on and has not spoken to in ten years. She reminisces on their childhood, their unique love for bugs and how close they used to be. While waiting at
The California State University, Long Beach Film and Electronic Arts department is hosting a free screening of “Let the Fire Burn” along with a Q-and-A with director Jason Osder. The documentary recounts a confrontation that occurred on May 13, 1985 when a long-time feud between Philadelphia police and MOVE, a black liberation group, came to a head. Attempting to carry out arrest warrants, police fired 10,000 rounds of ammunition and dropped military-grade explosives onto a fortified row house occupied by members of MOVE. The faceoff resulted in 11 deaths and the destruction of 65 homes. “The film is composed entirely of archival footage, yet it unfurls with the tension of a thriller, ” said Helen Hood Scheer, CSULB assistant film and electronic arts professor. “This type of intimate access is a great way to help make our students better filmmakers and scholars, which is our goal.” Director Jason Osder grew up in Philadelphia when the deadly clash occurred. Of the 11 who were killed by police, five were children. “I remember being truly scared,” said Osder in a statement. “Regardless of politics or race or whether MOVE was a cult, I knew even as a child that the children were
...and miss. It isn't terribly comforting when every usher warns loudly that there will be no intermission; the first page of the program even included that notice in bold italics. That warning starts to really hit hard when the introductory speeches and songs are still in full swing nearly a half-hour in and the audience is still waiting to See Jane Sing. So when Jane Lynch finally came out (no pun intended) and opened with an invitation to join her on a journey of tunes that had nothing to do with one another and no thematic tie whatsoever, she set the stage for her random set of show tunes, love songs and hit-and-miss comedic remarks between numbers. And yet, the two standing ovations (one before the encore that no one saw coming and one after the third encore that ... perhaps the audience should have seen coming) told a very different story about the long-awaited night with television actor Jane Lynch singing her favorite songs in the Karen Carpenter Center on Saturday. To be fair, it wasn't just Jane who felt off about the night. Even President Jane Close Conoley felt out of place as an opening speaker for the
A feminist wave crashed into Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday as hundreds of people in shameless nudity, colorful body paint, star-shaped pasties and lace teddies gathered for a Slut Walk to protest sexual violence, victim blaming, derogatory labels and gender inequality. Protesters made their point by dressing in revealing clothing and carrying signs with slogans such as “My Clothes Are Not My Consent” and “Sluts Don’t Cause Rape, Rapists Do.” The Slut Walk as a movement started in 2011, when Toronto police officers speaking at York University reportedly told the audience that if women wanted to avoid being raped, they should not dress “like sluts.” After reading about the story in a university newspaper, co-founders Heather Jarvis and Sonya Barnett organized a rally and the Slut Walk was born, Jarvis said. Lynohila Ward | Daily 49er Protesters during the Slut Walk in Downtown L.A. wave signs. “It was a really small story, but it was the last straw,” Jarvis said. “Judges say this, people in the media say this, people in our educational institutions say this and the officer illustrated by saying ‘I’m not supposed to say this’ that he had training on not to
The weekend is night, good people. And you know what that means: Time to close the books and burn a rug. I know you’ve all been waiting for this calendar all week, so without further ado: Thursday: Strange Lot Platonic The War Toys Moondreamzzz Que Sera 1923 East 7th Street, Long Beach, CA 90804 9 p.m. 21+ $10 Friday: Cadillac Tramps' Joyride Alex’s Bar 2913 E Anaheim Street Long Beach, CA, 90804 9 p.m. 21+ $13 – 15 Saturday: Yonatan Gat RUDY De ANDA Pookie and the Poodlez Melted Forest of Tongue Panaderia bobby blunders Media Jeweler MADE in Long Beach 236 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802 6 p.m. All ages $15-20 Sunday: Songwriters Unplugged: Cat Terrones Apostrophe Books 5229 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803 2 – 5 p.m. All ages Free Monday: The Cold Shoulders King Kang Suzy's Bar & Grill 1141 Aviation Blvd, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 8 p.m. All ages Free
Move over Walt Disney Concert Hall, a new architectural masterpiece moved in across the street in Los Angeles this week. The Broad Museum on Grand Avenue opened its doors Sunday, ushering visual arts connoisseurs in to view its 250 masterworks of contemporary art, according to a press release. Art collectors and philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad founded the self-titled museum to share their personal collection with the public. “Edye and I are delighted to welcome the public to our museum,” said Eli Broad. “We built this collection and this museum so that contemporary art could be accessible to all. We cannot imagine a more fitting home for our collection and our museum than on Grand Avenue, where we join some of the world’s leading cultural institutions.” In collaboration with Gensler rchitecture firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed the museum to house over 2,000 pieces of art in total. Nicknamed “the veil and the vault,” the museum provides not only gallery space (the veil), but also extensive collection storage (the vault) for lending activities, according to the press release. “Our goal has been to honor the responsibilities of the museum as a collecting institution by making