Due to the high demand for tickets for our sold-out Muppet History 101 + Muppet Music Moments double feature at 8pm tonight, we’ve added a second show — of Muppet History 101 only — tonight at midnight!
Tickets will be available at the box office from 7:30pm onwards, on our website starting now…
I have sad news. Our organist, Bob Mitchell, has passed on at the age of 96. I did not know Mr. Mitchell well, but I did have the pleasure of seeing him play many times over the past year and a half. Mr. Mitchell, who started playing at the Pasadena Playhouse at the age of only 12 years old, had actually played for silent films in the ’20s. It was a pleasure and a privilege to witness someone who wasn’t just a master at his craft, but was a human portal to another time. There will be wonderful silent musicians continuing the tradition of live, improvised accompaniment, but there was a certain unforgeable authenticity that comes from not simply recreating another time, but being of it. Bob’s entire musical background and earliest memories lent a texture to his performance that was quite unique; his musical quotations, his sense of humour, his reference points were all of the era. He knew and remembered the songs and themes that were contemporaneous with the films he accompanied, and would weave them into the scores at natural points. If you were watching William Hart’s silent western Tumbleweeds — sure enough, he would play the hit song “Tumbleweeds” as the credits rolled.
It is short notice, but tomorrow, before our screening of Greta Garbo’s Love, we will have a short memorial for Bob.
This Saturday, experimental sound-collagists and noise-makers Lucky Dragons and asDSSka will be performing a live score to the classic The Red Balloon at The Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles (co-presented by Dublab and L.A. Record). Recent performances I’ve seen by Lucky Dragons have been nothing less than magical, unifying experiences where audience members left with smiles beaming from ear to ear. Give yourself the treat of reflecting on this childhood film as the duo taps into your heart and mind in this special musical collaboration with the classically trained pianist Aska Matsumiya and David Scott Stone (The Sads, The Melvins). The film will be followed by a sing-a-long with the L.A. Ladies’ Choir.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 360 MINUTES
a journey for music lovers
Please join us for a magnificent, communal music,
film and food experience! Bring as many as 5 of
your favorite records, short films or videos from
around the world, and play them! (Frequent DJ / VJ
rotation throughout the night.) It’s also a potluck,
so feel free to bring something yummy to eat or drink!
Popcorn and water are on the house!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
7:00pm – 1:00am
611 North Fairfax Avenue,
Los Angeles, California 90036
323 655 2510