This Weekend at LACMA: Two Nights of Film, The Story of Venice, Free Nightly Concerts, and More!

Bask in the sun of a new summer this weekend at LACMA. Friday evening the talented Korean director Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Mother) presents in person his debut English-language film Snowpiercer, a darkly lavish science-fiction thriller that boasts an esteemed international cast led by Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans, at 7:30 pm. The Nick Mancini Collective performs at Jazz at LACMA at 6 pm featuring the vibraphonist and bandleader Mancini. Jazz at LACMA is free and open to the public.

On Saturday join the 20-minute tour of Helen Pashgian: Light Invisible at 1 pm or a quick survey of 17th–century Dutch portraits, including Rembrandt and Hals at 2:30 pm. At 2 pm in the Brown Auditorium Bill Mohr and George Drury Smith look back at the literary heritage of Venice, California and read poems in the exhibition Edward Biberman, Abbot Kinney and the Story of Venice. This event is free and open to the public. In the early evening at 5 pm, Latin Sounds presents Argentinian-born vocalist Esther Segovia “La Gotan” in a free concert in Hancock Park. Finally, as part of the Arab Cinema Classics film series, see West Beirut and the story of the tumultuous spring of 1975 and the unfolding of the Lebanese Civil War.

Edward Biberman, Abbot Kinney and the Story of Venice, lent by the United States Postal Service®, recent conservation provided by Joel Silver, photo by Anthony Peres © 2014

Edward Biberman, Abbot Kinney and the Story of Venice, lent by the United States Postal Service®, recent conservation provided by Joel Silver, photo by Anthony Peres © 2014

Take it easy on Sunday with Andell Family Sundays at 12:30 pm, making your own Egypt-inspired art and exploring the collection of Egyptian art. In the galleries a few exhibitions reach their conclusion, including Agnès Varda in Californialand, Modern Japanese Prints: The Juda Family Legacy, Pavilion for Japanese Art: Paintings in Celebration of Twenty-Five Years, and Murmurs: Recent Contemporary Acquisitions. Dive deeper into the collection with the 1 pm docent-led tour “Medieval Stories in Stone” or a full walkthrough of the exhibition Chinese Paintings from Japanese Collections at 2:30 pm. Then at Sundays Live pianist Daniel Schlosberg performs Johann Sebastian Bach at 6 pm. Summer’s here!

Roberto Ayala

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