On Saturday, make sure to catch one of the five excellent outdoor movies screening in L.A. (two of which are free). Then, check out an avant-garde flood experience at USC and a conversation with film legend Buck Henry. Want something a little more low-brow? Everything is Festival will showcase America's Funniest Home Videos
rejects and classics like Samurai Cop
. Make it to their opening night on Thursday to get in free. You may never go back to your local multiplex again.
5. Get Drunk on Art
“Neckface: Drinking on the Job
” is a show a year in the making — and it sounds like one hell of a year. Inspired by the tenaciously seedy bar culture of his new hometown of L.A., this tagger/painter/phenom immersed himself in alcoholism (and related unsavory behaviors) for an extended bender, during which he somehow managed to work furiously on his art. The result: the dark, witty and hilarious pieces created for this much-anticipated installation. Using a method akin to the surrealists’ automatic drawings, Neckface basically worked nightly in a fugue state, awoke to discover the surprises he’d left for himself in the studio the evening before, and then refined and elaborated on them before starting the process all over again. Well, maybe refined is not the word. Neckface is, after all, known for his exceptionally vulgar, sassy and sophomoric yet insightful observations on human nature — and his new barfly compatriots did not skimp on the material. New Image Art Gallery, 7920 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Fri., Aug. 22, 7-10 p.m.; continues Tue.-Sat., 1-6 p.m., through Sept. 13; free. (323) 654-2192, newimageartgallery.com.
—Shana Nys Dambrot
4. Go to the Movies
Outdoor movies are one of our favorite things about summer in L.A. The warm summer air, the food trucks, the lack of bugs — where else are conditions so perfect? But with August coming to a close, such opportunities are running out. Tonight, three of this summer’s biggest venues will show three different classic comedies — Clueless
in Glendale, The Princess Bride
in Beverly Hills and There’s Something About Mary
in Hollywood. Screenings of the first two films will be paired with live music and food trucks, while There’s Something About Mary benefits from the great ambiance of Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Prefer your movies free? This is the last day to catch downtown’s Movies in the Park, and today they’re showing Flash Gordon
at sunset and Barbarella
at 11 p.m. (with food trucks, too!). The hardest part will be deciding which movie to see. Clueless: Street Food Cinema, Glendale Central Park, 201 E. Colorado St., Glendale; Sat., Aug. 23, 8:30 p.m. (doors 5:30 p.m., band 6:30 p.m.); $12 general/$17 reserved, $6/$11 children 6-12, free, kids under 5). (323) 254-5068. streetfoodcinema.com. The Princess Bride: Eat|See|Hear, La Cienega Park, 325 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills; Sat., Aug. 23, 8:30 p.m. (doors 5:30 p.m., music 7 p.m.); $10 ($8, kids 12 and under). eatseehear.com. There’s Something About Mary: Cinespia, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.; Sat., Aug 23, 9 p.m. (doors 7 p.m.); $14. (323) 221-3343, cinespia.org. Movies in the Park, Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Sat., Aug. 23, sundown & 11 p.m.; free. grandparkla.org.
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3. Listen to a Legend
Although it has been more than 30 years since he did it, Buck Henry has hosted Saturday Night Live 10 times (that’s twice as many as Justin Timberlake). The versatile comedian co-wrote The Graduate
, co-created Get Smart
with Mel Brooks, and was nominated for an Oscar in 1979 for directing Heaven Can Wait
. Add to that 60 acting credits and you have the undeniable makings of a legend. For this event, Lost & Found at the Movies: The Art of Adapting
, the 83-year-old Henry will join Sundance Festival senior programmer John Nein to discuss screenplay adaptation. It’s probably best to save any questions about John Belushi’s unhinged samurai for another day. The event is sold out, but they release tickets from no-shows an hour before the event. Be there at 6:30 p.m. for the first-come, first-served line. Los Angeles Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., dwntwn.; Mon., Aug 25, 7:30 p.m.; free. (213) 228-7500, lfla.org.
—Sean J. O’Connell
There's no shortage of movie-centric events in L.A. (we are, after all, the home base of the Industry), but they're not always free and open to the public. This week is an exception, with four awesome movie events that are completely free! We've also got an art show, lest you think films are the only way people express their creativity around here.