Memorial Day Weekend 2015

ESH Almost Famous
 
Woo-hoo! Memorial Day weekend is almost here—the unofficial start of the summer season. It’s time to relax, enjoy the sunshine, and spend as much time outdoors as possible! Here in Los Angeles, there are many fun and exciting activities to fill the three-day weekend and start your summer off right. You can choose from art, music and food festivals, block parties, sporting events, parades, and patriotic ceremonies, in addition to private functions like backyard barbecues.

With so many activities to choose from, you could be in for a very busy Memorial Day weekend. By Saturday evening, you may be ready for some chillin’ out time. What better way to wind down from the day’s activities than to come to an Eat|See|Hear movie showing? During the Saturday night of Memorial Day weekend, May 23, Eat|See|Hear will show the cult classic, Almost Famous, at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park. The film will start at 8:30 pm.

Almost Famous is the perfect movie to kick off the summer. Written and directed by Cameron Crowe, the film tells the story of William Miller (Patrick Fugit), an aspiring teenage music journalist, who is hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up-and-coming rock band. Set during the early 1970s, the film follows William as he falls face first, learning life-changing lessons about himself and love. With great characters and an all-star cast to fill those roles, including Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand and Philip Seymour Hoffman, Almost Famous has got to be one of Crowe’s most endearing films.

In addition to showcasing a great flick, Eat|See|Hear will be bringing back the LA-based indie band, Dark Furs. They will take the stage at 7 pm. Leading the band is UK-raised vocalist, Suzanne May, and LA native, Chad Philipps, who will be performing their own style of “mood rock.” Featured on several “Bands to Watch” lists, their dreamy instrumentals and slow, bouncing vocals will put you in a super-chilled mood, even before the movie starts.

This event will be held at the 2 ½ acre South Lawn of the Autry National Center, located at 4700 Western Heritage Way in Griffith Park. Like all Eat|See|Hear events, doors open at 5:30 pm. Of course, you don’t have to get there right when the doors open, but it’s a good idea to arrive fairly early (at least by 6:30) if you want first dibs on where to sit, or if you’ve got a large group and several blankets to spread out. At this Eat|See|Hear event, there’s an added reason for arriving early. Movie goers will have the opportunity to visit select Autry museum galleries, which will have extended hours from 5:30 to 8 pm.

Upon arrival, you can park for free in the Los Angeles Zoo parking lot, which is across the street from the Autry. From there, it is just a short walk to the South Lawn, where the event will take place.
 

What to Bring

Bring Blankets & Beach Chairs
 
Before heading out the door, be sure to take a few essential items with you. You’re going to want to bring either low beach chairs to sit on (no more than 6 inches off the ground), or a large beach towel or picnic blanket to cover the ground. That way you’ll be more comfortable during the movie. And while you’re getting out blankets, you may want to grab an extra one so you can have something to wrap up in after the sun sets. You may also want to bring a sweater or light jacket. It may be Southern California, but night-time temperatures can be chilly!

Bring your appetite. Some of the city’s tastiest food trucks will be on hand, including favorites like B Sweet Mobile, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Brasil Kiss, Cambalaches, Coolhaus, Good Greek Grub, Rock and Lou’s Pizza, Steel City Sandwich, The Deli Doctor, Tokyo Doggie Style, and Tornado Potato. All of these vendors serve restaurant-quality food, and you’re not going to want to pass it up. The hard part is deciding which trucks to buy from!
 
Food From Food Trucks

If, for whatever reason, you’d rather bring in your own food to the event, you are still welcome to do so. However, picnic baskets and coolers that are brought into the event should be no larger than 12″x12″.

As is true for every Eat|See|Hear event, movie-goers are welcome to bring their canine companions with them, as long as they’re leashed. Every pooch is given a free doggie biscuit when entering. Of course no dog is content to eat just one biscuit. If Fido is accompanying you, be sure to bring extra dog treats to give to him, plus a small jug of water and a bowl for him to drink out of though we do spread some bowls for your canine’s convenience all around the venue. That will keep your pet happy during the show (and everyone else seated around you!). Be sure to pack some waste bags, so you can clean up your pet’s messes.
 

Purchasing Your Tickets

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Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance via Eventbrite. General admission tickets are $12 each for adults, $8 for children 6-12 years old, and free for children 5 and under. General admission seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s best to buy your tickets in advance, because shows often sell out—especially during holiday weekends. If you wait to buy your ticket at the door, it might be too late to get one.

In addition to general admission tickets, a limited number of “Fashionably Late” passes are available for purchase in advance at the Eventbrite website. At $20 each, these special VIP tickets allow you seating in a reserved area with a great view of the screen, regardless of arrival time. That means you can show up as late as 8:20 pm and still have your seating reserved.
 

Other Memorial Day Weekend Events in Griffith Park

If you’re going to Griffith Park to see Almost Famous on Saturday evening, you may also want to take in some of the other activities planned for the area during Memorial Day weekend. You could spend the entire day or even the whole weekend in Griffith Park!

You might want to check out the “Odd Market” bazaar, slated to take place on the Autry’s South Lawn on Friday, May 22, from 6 to 11 pm. Visitors can shop for crafts and sample foods from the 200 vendor booths that will be there.

The Autry Museum will host a “Pan for Gold” family activity from 11 am until 4 pm on May 23 and 24. Participants will be given the opportunity to pan for gold, just like the 49ers did.

How about checking out the exhibits at the Autry Museum? The Museum is open from 10 am until 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday during Memorial Day weekend, May 23 and 24. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3 years old.

Next door, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, is another great attraction. It is also open from 10 am until 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $19 for visitors age 13 and up, $16 for children ages 2-12, and free for children under 2.

No matter what you include in your Memorial Day weekend festivities, it’s sure to be a good start to summer—especially if you makeEat|See|Hear part of your fun. If you’ve got questions about the Almost Famous event, or about the Eat|See|Hear’s summer 2015 season, visit our movie schedule. We look forward to seeing you at the Autry on May 23!

Things To Do In Santa Monica At Night

Beverly Hills Cop Outdoor Movie Showing
 
In 1984, moviegoers got a real kick out of watching a smart-alecky, young guy (Eddie Murphy) cruising around snooty Beverly Hills in a junky old Chevy Nova. The name of the movie was Beverly Hills Cop. It was hilarious back then, and it’s just as funny a movie today. That’s why Eat|See|Hear decided to showcase the film Saturday night, May 16, at Santa Monica High School’s Memorial Greek Amphitheatre.

If you grew up after the 1980s you may not know much about Beverly Hills Cop. Now is the time to see it! The main character in this classic action comedy is a detective from Detroit named Axel Foley (Murphy), who travels to Beverly Hills to investigate his friend’s murder. There, he discovers a large, illegal drug front. One shootout ensues after another, until Axel brings down the bad guys and saves the day.

The movie will be projected onto Eat|See|Hear’s three-story high, 52-foot wide inflatable movie projection screen—the biggest of its kind on the West Coast—creating a wrinkle-free, crisp and clear picture. Audio quality is top-notch too. Eat|See|Hear utilizes a state- of-the-art line array loudspeaker system, achieving unparalleled audio quality. Seeing a film at an Eat|See|Hear event makes a fast-paced action comedy like Beverly Hills Cop even better.
 

Where? When? What to Bring?

outdoor movie at the autry what to bring to eatseehear
 
So you’re sold, right? There’s no way you want to miss this event! You just need to know the details.

The Memorial Greek Amphitheater is located at 601 Pico Blvd. Parking is available at the Civic Center Parking Structure at 333 Civic Center Drive, which is across the street from the Amphitheater. Movie goers are asked to enter the Amphitheater through the walkway on 4th Street, between the track and the DoubleTree Hotel.

Showtime is 8:30 pm, but doors open at 5:30 pm. If you prefer certain areas for seating, or if you’re coming with a large group, the sooner you arrive after the doors open, the better. That way you’re more likely to get the seating you want. Remember this is a concrete amphitheater with built-in seats, so you may want to bring pillows, cushions and blankets so you can really kick back and be comfy.

While on the subject of blankets…it may sound obvious, but this is Southern California. It has a Mediterranean climate. What that means to outdoor movie goers is that temperatures can be cool at night—even during the summer. You’ll enjoy the movie a lot more if you’re not chilled (yet “chillin’ out”), so bring a sweater, light jacket or lap blanket to wrap up in after the sun sets.

Once seated and comfortable, you can enjoy the electronic R&B performance of the LA-based band Milo Bloom, scheduled to take the stage at 7 pm.
 

Food Choices

 food truck eats santa monica food trucks
 
As always, a wide variety of food trucks will be available. The lineup includes Foodism, Sista Soul Food, Asian Cravings, Umami Burger, Boba Ni Taco, Kimbobrex, Carolina Meat Company, Sweet E’s, Coolhaus, and Brasil Kiss. There’s going to be something for everybody.

With so much to choose from,you could get something from several different food trucks. You might want an Ahi Tuna Hawaiian Poke from Foodism or Angry Chicken Wings from Asian Cravings for your main entrée, and maybe one of Coolhaus’ famous ice cream sandwiches or a Peanut Butter Bliss Bar from Sweet E’s for dessert. If you just want a beverage or snack, a Latino Latte from Brasil Kiss might be a good choice, or perhaps a dragon roll from Kimbobrex. If you’re looking for gluten-free or vegetarian options, several food trucks offer meals to meet these dietary needs as well.

Food trucks will open for business at 5:30 pm and stay open throughout the evening, or until they run out of food. If you want a main entrée, keep in mind dinner service normally ends about a half hour after the movie starts.

If, for whatever reason, you’d rather bring in your own food to the event, you are welcome to do so.
 

Ticketing Info

eatseehear ticket line
 
Purchase tickets online or at the door ($14). General admission tickets are $12 each for adults ($14 at the door), $8 for children 5-12 years old, and free for children 5 and under.

For people who may not be able to arrive early, another option is the “Air New Zealand Fashionably Late” ticket. At $20 each, these special VIP tickets allow you seating in a reserved area with a great view of the screen, regardless of arrival time. That means you can show up as late as 8 pm and still have your seating reserved. “Fashionably Late” tickets need to be purchased in advance, at the Eventbrite website, and are sold on a first come, first serve basis.
 

Don’t Forget Fido

dog friendly movie events
 
If you’ve got a dog who enjoys going on outings, you might want to bring him with you. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome at all Eat|See|Hear events. Upon arrival, every dog is treated with a free biscuit at the entrance. Don’t forget your pooper scooper, waste bags, extra dog treats, drinking water and a bowl for your pooch. That’ll make it an enjoyable evening for your dog, as well as the people seated around you.
 

Still More to do in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Pier
 
Just a few blocks away from the Memorial Greek Amphitheater is beautiful Santa Monica Beach and Pier. Once the movie is over, you might want to head over there. Santa Monica Beach is open until midnight, and Pier is open 24 hours a day. Many of the restaurants and drinking establishments on the Pier are open 24-hours as well. You can stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy the ocean air and views of the coastline. Or, relax at an outdoor eatery while watching the waves roll in. These are great ways to wind down at the end of a fun-filled evening.

Of course, if you’re not ready to wind down, you can hit Pacific Park, the Pier’s amusement park, and take a ride on their oceanfront roller coaster or the 130-foot high Ferris wheel. Pacific Park is open until 12:30 am on Saturday nights during the summer months.

A classic comedy like Beverly Hills Cop, seen on the mega-size Eat|See|Hear projection screen, munching on great ethnic foods and listening to the electro R&B beats of Milo Bloom, and maybe even a visit after the show to spectacular Santa Monica Pier…it all adds up to a super awesome Saturday night in Santa Monica.

Watch Pitch Perfect Outdoors in Santa Monica

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Eat|See|Hear is back for the summer! We’re kicking off the 2015 season on Saturday, May 9, in Santa Monica with a screening of the amazing 2012 smash hit PITCH PERFECT. We showed it last year, and are stoked to be able to bring it back as this year’s opening night film—just a week before the sequel, Pitch Perfect 2, is out in theaters.

Even if you saw Pitch Perfect before, you’re sure to enjoy seeing it again. It has a great story line: Beca (Anna Kendrick), a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school’s all-girls a cappella singing group. The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition, and Beca takes it upon herself to help the Bellas find their new look and sound.

It’s going to be a fun-filled evening. We’ll be hosting this event at Santa Monica High School’s Memorial Greek Amphitheater, located at 601 Pico Blvd. The movie starts at 8:30 pm, but doors open at 5:30 pm. Arrive early so you can choose your seats, but the view is great within this amphitheater. Because this venue is amphitheater there is concrete seating, so you’ll want to bring seat cushions, pillows or blankets so you can be more comfy.

Chances are, you’re going to want to get something to eat before show time. There will be a lineup of food trucks on site, ready to serve up a wide variety of snacks and entrees, from nachos and ice cream, to burgers, seafood and BBQ chicken. Just to give you a sampling, Chancos Tacos, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Cousins Maine Lobster, Komodo, Greasy Wiener, and Coolhaus and Brasil Kiss are all slated to be there, among other vendors.

For your listening pleasure, Molly Moore will take the stage at around 7 pm. In addition, the Santa Monica Chorus will be giving a special a cappella performance.

The excitement doesn’t stop there. Our Fashionably Late sponsor, Air New Zealand, will welcome everyone attending with a chance to win a round-trip flight for two to Australia. Not only that, Universal Studios has will be giving away a bunch of super-cool Pitch Perfect 2 promos, plus two lucky attendees will win a pair of tickets to the Pitch Perfect 2 premiere on May 12th!

You’re not going to want to miss out on this great opportunity to go “Down Under,” so don’t wait to order your tickets. Advance tickets can be purchased online, at $10 each for general admission, and $8 for kids 12 and under.

Some other important details: The closest parking lot to the Memorial Greek Amphitheater is across the street at the Civic Center parking structure at 333 Civic Center Drive. Don’t forget to pay before you get to your car at the end of the evening. Please enter the venue through the walkway on 4th Street, between the track and DoubleTree Hotel; this is the only entrance to this event.

Don’t forget that all Eat|See|Hear events are always dog friendly, and four-legged friends are greeted with free biscuits at the door. We hope you to see you—and your canine buddy—this coming Saturday in Santa Monica!

Family Fun in Los Angeles

the goonies outdoor movie

Bring the whole family — including your dogs! — to our season finale event in Pasadena on September 13. We’ll be showing the 1985 coming-of-age classic The Goonies on the big screen in front of Pasadena City Hall.

Written by Steven Spielberg, The Goonies follows a group of kids who discover a treasure map and set out on an adventure to find the treasure that could save their homes from foreclosure. This movie is a timeless adventure for everyone to enjoy!

Located at 100 N. Garfield Avenue, this event will be held in Centennial Square right in front of City Hall (which you may recognize as Pawnee City Hall from TV’s Parks & Recreation). Roads will be blocked off for a seating area, so come early and check out this map of pay parking lots in the area so you don’t get stuck in traffic. Or, download the #1 taxi app, Curb, use code ESH2014 and save $10 on your first ride. Alternately, take the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station. Unlike at previous events, we recommend that you low beach chairs with you since this movie will be shown in an area with less lawn and more concrete. Bring lots of pillows, cushions and blankets if you prefer to sit on the ground.

The family fun doesn’t stop at movies! Make it a complete night out with dinner and a show. We’ll have plenty of food trucks on hand so everyone is satisfied. Our lineup for this Saturday includes Jogasaki, Pie N Burger, Cousins Maine Lobster, India Jones, Romolo’s, Border Grill, Son of a Bun, Hungry Nomad, Rushed Art, Coolhaus, Brasil Kiss and more. As always, our event is dog friendly and we’ll have free doggie biscuits at the door.

Kick back, relax and join us for one final hoorah as we say goodbye to summer and conclude our third annual outdoor movies, music and food truck event series. Purchase tickets in advance online through Eventbrite.

Thank you so much for joining us this year and making our third season a success! Be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram the latest news and updates. You’ll be the first to hear our 2015 lineup next season!

Parks in Brentwood CA

events in brentwood california

 

We feel so lucky to find great parks all over LA. This season, we picked a few expansive, beautiful and unique parks to host our weekend movies in the park events.

This weekend, we’ll be hosting a very special event at Will Rogers State Park in Pacific Palisades. In addition to your usual lineup of LA’s best food trucks, live music and a movie (this weekend is Dirty Dancing!), we’re also hosting the annual Strut Your Mutt fundraiser walk in partnership with Best Friends Animal Society-Los Angeles.

If you are a pet lover or have a beloved four-legged friend, bring them to this event! Strut Your Mutt raises awareness of homeless pets and also raises money to support animal adoptions and spay and neuter programs across the country.

As our official non-profit partner, we’ve supported Best Friends with other events throughout the season including a Rent-a-Mutt booth during our Pitch Perfect screening on June 28 and a special donation drive during our Christmas in July event on July 12.

We’ve also scouted several other area parks to host our events throughout the year. You may have met us before at The Autry in Griffith Park. Centrally located to many different neighborhoods and freeways, this park is also home to the LA Zoo. It’s also the second-largest park in California! We love this location because it’s open, expansive and surrounded by trees and mountains. A beautiful respite from the city and yet still large enough to accommodate our crowds. The Autry is one of our newest venues, and we look forward to returning next season.

At the Autry, we showed The Big Lebowski (May 24), Rushmore (June 7), Jaws (July 5),  American Psycho (July 19),  Blazing Saddles (August 2), Purple Rain (August 16) and Django Unchained (August 30).

We also set up camp this season at La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills to show The Princess Bride on August 23.

Stay tuned for next year for more great LA movies in the Park! Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest news and updates.

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Strut Your Mutt to #SaveThemAll Next Saturday

la best friends animal society strut your mutt 2014

Eat|See|Hear loves dogs! All of our events are dog friendly and we do our part throughout the season to support initiatives in LA that help our four-legged friends. Our official non-profit partner is Best Friends Animal Society-Los Angeles and held the first-ever Rent-A-Mutt program at our Pitch Perfect event on June 28. They had a booth set up during the evening and rented out adoptable dogs for cuddling during the movie! “Renters” were required to register in advance, and the program was so successful that it was implemented for the upcoming Strut Your Mutt event on September 6th at Will Rogers State Park.

This year we also held a special donation drive during our Christmas in July event which benefited Best Friends Animal Society-Los Angeles. Movie-goers brought blankets, towels, leashes, collars and other necessary supplies for helping homeless animals.

On Saturday, September 6, we’ve partnered with BFAS-LA for their annual Strut Your Mutt event prior to our Dirty Dancing event at Will Rogers State Park. Strut Your Mutt is an annual fundraiser walk held in 11 different cities nationwide and online. The goal of the fundraiser is to save homeless animals from kill shelters and raise money for local adoption, spay and neuter programs and to raise awareness for homeless pets across the country.

Bring your furry friend to this event and enjoy a leisurely stroll or fun run and then a festival for all things dog including pet massages, pet portraits, doggie yoga and more!

For more information and to register for Strut Your Mutt on September 6, please visit Strut Your Mutt online. Every registration includes free admission to Eat|See|Hear.

Our Saturday special event will open at 3:30PM for the Strut Your Mutt walk and festival; doors for Eat|See|Hear will open after the walk at 5:30PM. We will be showing Dirty Dancing at 8:30PM, and there will be live music from Cheers Elephant and Sun Rai earlier in the evening. A ticket is required to get in for those not participating in the walk and can be purchased in advance online or at the door.

We’ll also have plenty of food trucks on hand to fuel your fun run and satiate you after. Our food truck lineup for the evening includes: Joe’s Pizza Truck, Tokyo Doggie Style, Farmer’s Belly, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Good Greek Grub, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Coolhaus, The Pudding Truck, Brasil Kiss and more!

We can’t wait to meet you and your mutt as you strut your stuff on Saturday!

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Festivals in Los Angeles

outdoor festivals in los angeles

Eat|See|Hear is one of the best weekly summer festivals in LA and was recently selected as Best Outdoor Movie in Los Angeles Magazine’s 2014 Best of LA issue! Every Saturday through the fall, we present a full-on festival experience with food trucks, live music from some of the coolest up-and-coming bands in LA and showing popular movies in all genres.

This weekend, we’re rolling the Eat|See|Hear festival into Griffith Park on Saturday, August 30. This is our last event of the season at the Autry and we’re going out with a real Wild Wild West bang! We’ll be showing Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained on the grounds of the American West history museum, The Autry.

At the entrance, you’ll be given a special mission to complete before the movie starts at 8:30PM. Share your photos on Instagram and Twitter and tag them with @theautry for a chance to win cool prizes before the night is over!

Doors open at 5:30PM, so arrive early, check out the Route 66 exhibit and be sure to grab snacks from the food trucks on site. Liphemra will perform live at 7:00.

Our weekly food truck festival includes a roundup of some of the best food trucks in LA. This weekend they include The Chili Philosopher, The Lobos Truck, Sista Soul Food, The Urban Oven, Rice Balls of Fire, Sweet E’s, Coolhaus, Brasil Kiss and more to curb your cravings and satisfy your sweet tooth.

Don’t forget to bring your furry friends! Dogs are welcome at this event and will receive a free doggie biscuit at the door. Bring blankets, cushions and pillows for extra comfort on the main lawn. Please respect others and avoid bringing tall lawn chairs — they could block the view of people behind you and you will be asked to move to the side in a specially designated area.

Tickets are available for purchase in advance online. Django Unchained is rated R and we do not recommend this movie for children.

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Beverly Hills Events

Family friendly events in LA

This weekend, Eat|See|Hear is hosting an outdoor event in Beverly Hills at La Cienega Park. The perfect event for the whole family, and an Eat|See|Hear annual tradition, we’ll be showing The Princess Bride at 8:30PM.

Based on a novel of the same name, The Princess Bride was released in 1987 and has many well-known actors on cast including Cary Elwes, Fred Savage, Robin Wright, André the Giant, and Mandy Patinkin (star of Showtime Network’s Homeland) as Inigo Montoya. It has since become a cult classic with posters, memes and even tee shirts emblazoned with the famous line, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

Cary Elwes, who played Westley/the Man in Black and is Buttercup’s love interest in the film, will join us on Saturday to introduce the film. He has written a book about the making of the movie called As You Wish which will be released this October.

Our event will include a wide selection of LA food trucks including: Flat Iron, Border Grill, Komodo, Smokin’ Willie’s BBQ, Mangia Ristorante, Hurricane Kitchen, Trailer Park Truck, Roll’n Lobster, Tokyo Doggie Style, Mighty Boba, Street Kitchen, B Sweet, Coolhaus, Brasil Kiss and many others. The trucks will be on location and ready to serve at 5:30PM and will stick around until around 9:30, and the dessert & coffee trucks will be there all night.

At 7PM, LA band Dark Furs will take the stage. A female-fronted rock band, Dark Furs creates a unique sound that they call “mood rock.” They’ve been featured on many “Bands to Watch” lists and recorded their self-titled debut EP in 2013.

La Cienega Park is located at 8400 Gregory Way in Beverly Hills. There’s limited complimentary parking across the street at the Tennis Center, so arrive early to snag your spot. There’s also street parking in the area but please watch out for signs! We don’t want anyone to end up getting a ticket or towed. There are pay parking lots on Wilshire, too.

This event is dog friendly. We welcome all four-legged friends to our events and will be handing out free doggie biscuits at the door. Please make sure you bring water, treats and bags to clean up after your pet.

Get ready for a great night of family fun! Purchase your tickets in advance online.

Announcing the 2014 Kickstarter Film Fest on September 12 at the Autry in Griffith Park

Kickstarter Film Fest

Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, will present the 2014 Kickstarter Film Fest at The Autry in Griffith Park on Friday, September 12. For one night only, the festival will premiere a colorful selection of films curated by Kickstarter. Makers, artists, chefs and musicians whose work has come to life via Kickstarter will also show their stuff — everything from gourmet reuben sandwiches to a mobile astronomical observatory to the “world’s fastest hot tub.”

WHEN: Friday, September 12, 2014; 6 to 11 PM.

WHERE: The Autry in Griffith Park.

FILMS: Trailers, shorts, excerpts from features. The full film program is available here and includes: Little Feet, Alexandre Rockwell’s black-and-white narrative feature starring his children; Backstreet Atlas, a documentary about two friends skateboarding from Boston to NYC; First to Fall, a documentary about two young Libyan rebels who give up their comfortable lives in Canada to join the fight to overthrow Gaddafi; Prospect, a sci-fi short; Rich Hill, a documentary about life in rural, small-town Missouri; Stan, a claymation short; Tomorrow We Disappear, a documentary about India’s last magician colony; Walking Through That Door, a stop-motion animation music video made for the band Future Islands; Wonder, a 365-second animation made up of a sequence of 8,760 pictures hand-drawn by the director over the course of 365 days; World Fair, a documentary about memories from the 1939 New York World’s Fair; and Obvious Child, a romantic comedy starring Jenny Slate.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: By John Vanderslice. The singer, songwriter, and producer has released ten full-length albums, and used Kickstarter to make a full cover version of David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs.

ART: Two installations. Black Rock Observatory consists of two 21-foot wooden domes and hands-on instruments for viewing and sensing the universe. Carpool DeVille is a fully driveable 1969 Cadillac, with built-in fully operational hot tub.

MAKERS: Interactive demos and a chance to talk with eight creators from the LA technology and design scene. Full list here.

FOOD AND DRINK: Available for purchase from eight different vendors; see full list here.

TICKETS/RSVP: None needed, it’s free! Entry is first-come, first-serve.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Open to press. Kickstarter staff and creators will be available for interviews. Please contact Julie Wood via julie@kickstarter.com to coordinate.

ABOUT KICKSTARTER: Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects — everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others. Since our launch in 2009, 6.7 million people have pledged $1.2 billion, funding 66,000 creative projects. Thousands of creative projects are raising funds on Kickstarter right now. This event is presented in association with Eat See Hear.

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Purple Rain 30th Anniversary

where to see purple rain in LA

Another weekend, another anniversary! This Saturday, it’s 1984 all over again as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the greatest rock music movie ever made (in our opinion!), Purple Rain starring Prince.

Originally developed to show off Prince’s many talents, Purple Rain quickly became a cult classic and the soundtrack produced two chart-topping singles — “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy” — that are still popular and often covered today. The eponymous single reached #2 on the charts. Purple Rain was also awarded an Oscar for Best Original Song Score in 1985.

Our outdoor movie event in LA will take place at The Autry in Griffith Park. With a large, grassy lawn this is the perfect place to spread out, sit back, enjoy the show and sing along. Plus, all ticketholders will also have free access to some of the museum’s galleries. At the door, you’ll be given a fun event-themed mission to explore the museum and share pictures tagged with @theautry on Instagram and Twitter for the opportunity to win cool prizes!

The Autry is located at 4700 Heritage Way across from the LA Zoo. There is free parking available for the event at the zoo, too. The only entrance to the event is on the main lawn next to the Autry’s main entrance doors. Dogs are welcome, too, and all four-legged friends will get a free doggie biscuit at the door! Make sure you bring enough water, treats and poop bags. Plus the Autry has a café serving beer, wine, soft drinks and a special cocktail for the evening.

The evening will also include a live performance by LA band Chicano Batman. As always, we’ll have a wide selection of food trucks on site all night long including: Baby’s Badass Burgers, Romolo’s, Cambalaches, No Jodas Kitchen, Postcards CAS, CJ’s Wings, Rushed Art, Royal Red Velvet, Coolhaus, Brasil Kiss, and more!

Whether you’re a diehard fan of Prince or just looking for something fun to do in LA this weekend, we can’t wait to see you on Saturday! Grab your tickets now on Eventbrite.

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