Saturday, Jan. 25
At the Egyptian Theatre, it's all about the "a-a-a-a-a-alcohol" in this program on 1920s Prohibition, presented with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. First, at 2 p.m., it's Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney in The Roaring Twenties (marking its 75th anniversary this year), playing World War I vets who come home without jobs and end up being pulled into the world of bootlegging. That's followed by an illustrated talk on "California Alcohol Production During Prohibition," where historian/chef Ernest Miller will discuss how the local beer and wine industry worked around the liquor-banning Volstead Act and how L.A. could have been a leader in liquor production today had it not been for Prohibition. Afterward, it's appropriate that there will be drinks and live music (from Hedgehog Swing) at the Record Parlour in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the repeal of the Volstead Act.
Sunday, Jan. 26
Also at the Egyptian this week, but in the Spielberg Theatre, is Brigid McCaffrey: Three Desert Films starting at 7:30 p.m. This Los Angeles - based filmmaker will be present with her films, which explore a major reservoir at the edge of Los Angeles County (Castaic Lake), a ghost mining town (AM/PM) and the Mojave Desert (Paradise Springs). Tickets are free for L.A. Filmforum members, $6 for students or seniors and $10 for everyone else.
If you missed Bidder 70 when it came out last June, here's another chance to see it - to benefit Human Rights Watch. Screening at 4 p.m., it follows college student Tim DeChristopher and his successful bid of $1.7 million for 22,000 acres in Utah, thus preventing energy and mining companies from drilling on the land. The afternoon at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School also includes receptions before and after the film, screening of a Chapman University student doc and a discussion with the filmmakers.
Monday, Jan. 27
Fans of The Cure? So is Part Time Punks, which brings The Cure: In Orange to Cinefamily at 9:45 p.m. (with an encore Tuesday at 9:15 p.m.) This concert movie, filmed at the Theatre Antique d'Orange in France on Aug. 9, 1986, features almost two dozen Cure songs. Come early and rock out to the sweet, sweet music of DJ Liz O (or DJ Michael Stock on Tuesday). Tickets are free for members, $12 for general admission.
See also: More L.A. Weekly Film Coverage
Thursday, Jan. 30
While Oscar season is celebrating the best of the best in film, Nue Studio & Cafe in Hollywood is hosting another Bad Movie Nite with The Wicker Man at 8:30 p.m. Neil LaBute's 2006 remake stars Nicolas Cage as a cop who infiltrates a cult in search of his missing daughter. Admission is free, doors open early at 8 p.m., and you can bring your own beer.
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