Friday, April 4
Many have imitated him, an infamous meme has been created in honor of him, and his hairline gets more buzz than most. And starting tonight, the Aero will host Out on a Limb: A Tribute to Nicolas Cage, a weekend-long showcase of his acting chops with five of his films. The first night, starting at 7:30 p.m., is a double feature of The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans and Birdy. Werner Herzog, director of the former, and Cage will both be in attendance. Check americancinemathequecalendar.com for schedule.
Also at 7:30 p.m. is day one of the two-day Bicycle Film Festival at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre. The premiere of Half the Road, a doc that focuses on the highs and lows of women's cycling, is the first of four programs. Tickets are $11 per screening or $27 for a festival pass. There will be free bike valet, and all attending will be entered into a free Fairdale Bikes raffle.
Tuesday, April 8
The Indian Film Festival is in its 12th year at the ArcLight Hollywood, bringing more than 30 films from or about India, including its "Bollywood by Night" series, with live music and dance performances. The opening gala begins at 7:30 p.m. with director Jeffrey D. Brown's feature directorial debut: an adaptation of Patricia McCormick's novel Sold, in which young Lakshmi (Niyar Saikia) of Nepal is sold into prostitution to pay off her family's debts. Closing night features a lighter, more comedic affair with Jadoo, about two rival brothers, both chefs, who must figure out a way to work together when one brother's daughter asks them to cook a banquet for her upcoming wedding. The all-access pass, at $200, includes both opening and closing galas, the awards ceremony, priority seating for all screenings and exclusive culinary receptions at Nirvana (limited availability). Visit indianfilmfestival.org.
See also: More L.A. Weekly Film Coverage
Wednesday, April 9
The Academy @ LACMA series continues with Grey Gardens at 7:30 p.m. in the Bing Theater. This 1975 documentary takes us into the lives of the Beales - mother "Big Edie" and daughter "Little Edie" - as they live in isolation in a crumbling Long Island manor. Co-director Albert Maysles will be the event's special guest. The series ends April 18 with Penelope Spheeris' The Decline of Western Civilization and The Decline of Western Civilization Part III.
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