At the Turner Classic Film Festival this past weekend I set out to screen films I had not yet seen. Things were going just fine until Sunday afternoon I was in such a rush to get to Scarecrow in time that I walked into the wrong theater. It wasn’t until TCM host Ben Mankiewicz introduced Tippi Hedren, star of Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963), where flocks of birds inexplicably start attacking humans, that I realized that I had fowled up.
Turner Classic Movies might seem like the network your grandmother might watch, but think again. According to the network's host Ben Mankiewicz, two-thirds of their viewers are under the age of 49. Welcome to the world of classic film.
We all know movies are amazing, but, as PPLA was reminded this week, there is no substitute for the energy of live theater. Director Randall Arney has revived Mamet’s classic American Buffalo at the Geffen Playhouse, and the entire experience was a treat from the get-go. If you haven’t been to the Geffen, you’re missing out on a sweet little oasis right in the middle of Westwood, with a courtyard and not a bad seat in the house.
ROCK LEGENDS HONORED AT ASCAP AWARDS
This Wednesday the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 30th annual awards show at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. The event, which attracts some of the biggest names in the music industry, paid tribute to classic rock pioneers Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith.
The 3rd annual Brokechella Music & Arts Festival gathered nearly 1500 young, broke, and freakishly fabulous concert goers this past weekend in Downtown L.A. The affordable entry (a mere $10) allowed concert goers to enjoy over 40 bands on three stages, delicious food vendors, various visual arts exhibit, and a vintage clothing shop on wheels.