This Weekend at LACMA: Road Movies Series Ends, Free India’s Fabled City Events, Sundays Live

Tonight our weekend film series, True Grit: The Golden Age of Road Movies, concludes with two greats. First up is Two Lane Blacktop,  starring Southern California troubadour James Taylor and Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. Director Monte Hellman—who will be here in person!—made a beautiful film that captures the allure of the road.

That film will be followed by Arthur Penn’s Alice’s Restaurant—his follow-up to Bonnie & Clyde, which opened our series a few weeks ago. Alice’s Restaurant stars another musician, Arlo Guthrie, and is adapted from Guthrie’s famously epic eighteen-minute story-song, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree.”

If you haven’t had a chance to visit our exhibition India’s Fabled City—or if you have but you want to know the exhibition on a deeper level—Saturday would be a great day to come to the museum. In the afternoon, scholar and author Rosie Llewellyn-Jones, will give a free lecture in the Bing Theater about the city of Lucknow and the influence of Europeans during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Later in the evening, also in the Bing, we’ll be screening a classic of Indian cinema, Chaudvin Ka Chand (Full Moon),  starring Guru Dutt—one of the icons of Indian film. The film is a melodramatic and romantic musical, set in the period from which the artworks of India’s Fabled City come. The screening is free.

Chaudhvin Ka Chand (Full Moon)

On  Sunday our Andell Family Sundays continue to take India’s Fabled City as their inspiration, so bring your kids for free art-making activities in Hancock Park and a chance to see the show and learn more about the history of this vivid culture.

Sunday evening the Chamber Ensembles from the Crossroads School will perform selections from Debussy, Dvorak, and Mozart—as always, for free!

Scott Tennent

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