Thurs., Aug. 11
Stop by Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills for rooftop cocktails at 7:30 p.m., followed by an outdoor screening of Jonas Mekas' Scenes From the Life of Andy Warhol beginning at 8:30. USC professor Richard Meyer will introduce the 36-minute film.
Fri., Aug. 12
The second annual Latin American Film Showcase begins its weeklong run today at the Laemmle Sunset 5. This year's fest, subtitled “Women on the Verge,” features five films written and directed by female filmmakers from Colombia, Argentina, Costa Rica and Mexico.
Nicolás Pereda's Summer of Goliath, a minimalist meditation on life in a rural Mexican village, screens at 7:30 p.m. at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum as part of the UCLA Film & Television Archive's ongoing showcase of the director's work. Pereda will be in attendance.
Sat., Aug. 13
At 5 p.m., LACMA's Middle Eastern film series continues with The Thief of Bagdad, a 1940 adaption of One Thousand and One Nights credited to three directors (including Michael Powell) and featuring special effects well ahead of their time.
Cinefamily screens an HD restoration of Skidoo, Otto Preminger's little-seen satire of '60s drug culture, at 10 p.m. Jackie Gleason, Carol Channing and Frankie Avalon star, with Groucho Marx in the role of God.
Sun., Aug. 14
Paul Mazursky celebrates the 25th anniversary of iconic California satire Down and Out in Beverly Hills with a 7:30 p.m. screening at the Aero Theatre, followed by a Q&A with star Nick Nolte moderated by Sam Wasson, author of the new book Paul on Mazursky. Before the screening, Mazursky will sign copies of Wasson's book at Every Picture Tells a Story, starting at 6 p.m. —Sarah LaBrie