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You Know You Want to See The Red Balloon Again: Your Weekly Movie To-Do List

Friday, Jan. 31

This Friday is the LACMA9 Shorts Program at the Performing and Fine Arts Center at the East Los Angeles College. It includes the memorable The Red Balloon (1956), in which a young boy explores the streets with his red, round, floating friend, and The Sound We See: A Los Angeles City Symphony (2010), a collaboration with Echo Park Film Center, which explores Los Angeles' sights and sounds. The free screening starts at 7 p.m.; no reservation needed.

Then at 7:30 p.m., it's more shorts: Les Lutins du Court-Métrage (The Leprechauns of the Short Film) brings the best of new French shorts to Theatre Raymond Kabbaz. The night will include the B&W French Kids from Stephen Castang, showing high school students being interviewed by an aggressive guidance counselor, and The Beauty and the Beat from Yann Le Quellec, about a young woman who feels the uncontrollable need to dance whenever she hears a melody. It wouldn't be a night à la French without complimentary wine and cheese. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students.

Sunday, Feb. 2

Live from Moscow to the Crest Theatre in Westwood comes a broadcast of Lost Illusions, a ballet choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, which adapts Honoré de Balzac's novel for the stage. Working with French actor-dramaturge Guillaume Gallienne, Ratmansky explores human nature, ambition and disillusionment via the tale of a young composer seduced by fame and money. The screening begins at 12:10 p.m.

See also: More L.A. Weekly Film Coverage

Wednesday, Feb. 5

With the Winter Olympics just around the corner, join in on the conversation at The World Is Watching: LGBT Human Rights in Russia on the Eve of Sochi '14, at West Hollywood City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library at 7:30 p.m. It will be an evening of film (TBD) and discussion that launches the new West Hollywood screening series Outfest Wednesdays. - Sherrie Li

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