This Weekend at LACMA: Free Tim Burton Film, Middle East Film Series, Free Concerts, and More

Starting tonight and happening every Friday in August you can enjoy a family friendly Tim Burton film outside in Hancock Park, for the nice price of free—bring a picnic and enjoy Corpse Bride tonight! The movie starts at 8 pm, so make an evening of it by coming early to check out the Jacques Voyemant Septet in a free Jazz at LACMA performance, stop into the galleries—free after 5 pm (except for Tim Burton) for LA County residents—or grab dinner or drinks at Ray’s and Stark Bar.

Inside the Bing, our newest film series, in conjunction with Gifts of the Sultan, is “Once Upon a Time in the Middle East.” It kicks off tonight with Sergei Parajanov’s hallucinatory The Color of Pomegranates, followed by Ali Khamraev’s Man Follows Birds. Tomorrow night series continues with the thriller Topkapi, featuring an Oscar-winning performance from Peter Ustinov, and Arabian Nights.  

That’s not all in the way of film at LACMA this weekend. We’ve also got our Saturday Monster Matinee—Jason & the Argonauts—which is just $5 (or free if you’re a LACMA member).

On Saturday evening in Hancock Park, Orquesta Charangoa performs for free as part of our summer Latin Sounds concert series.

August finds a new theme for our weekly free Andell Family Sundays—Crazy about Color. Bring your kids and find inspiration in the permanent collection, then make art together in our free artist-led workshops.

Josef Albers, Homage to the Square, 1951-55, gift of Mrs. Anni Albers and the Josef Albers Foundation, Inc., © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Our weekly Sundays Live concert series will feature the trio of Judith Farmer (bassoon), Boglarka Kiss (flute), and Robert Thies (piano) performing works by Poulenc, Tansman, and Schumann.  

Those are just the special programs we have planned for the weekend. Of course, we’ve also got a half dozen buildings filled with art. There are any number of exhibitions to choose from—including The Sound of One Hand, which closes later this month—as well as smaller permanent collection rotations. Here’s a tip: head up to the fourth floor of the Ahmanson Building for two fantastic exhibitions of South and Southeast Asian art: The Way of the Elders, which looks at images of the Buddha in Theravada traditions, and The Changing Face of Nepal, which examines the development of portraiture in Nepal over the centuries.

King Girvan Yuddhavikram Shah (1797-1816), Nepal, c. 1815, Indian Art Special Purpose Fund

Scott Tennent

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