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Your Weekend To Do-List: Block Party, Blaxploitation, & Beer

Huffington Post     First Posted: 10/01/10 06:02 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:55 PM ET

Another weekend, another food & wine festival. The Santa Monica iteration of this summer staple is one of the most budget-conscious ones at $40 (proceeds benefit the Special Olympics), but if you want to go even lower there's the $5 Thrillist food truck rally in Hollywood (proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels). On a diet? Go artsy and retro with either a film series of 1970s blaxploitation movies at the Billy Wilder Theater or sign up for a first-ever public tour of the Eames and Saarinen Case Study #9 house in the Pacific Palisades.

Friday Through October: Paint it Black: Blaxploitation Cinema of the 70's
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The 1970's Blaxploitation film period brought the world enduring hits from Super Fly to Coffy, Shaft, and Melvin Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback's BaadAsssss Song. These are the bad boys and even badder ladies of urban indie cinema doing it their own way, giving rise to a genre with a controversial kind of liberation. But many found these films unsympathetic for their portrayal of African-American stereotypes despite the obvious talents and powerhouse performances of the African-Americans that directed and acted in them. Recent scholarship takes a more nuanced stance, and festivals like this are the delightful outcome. - Kenneth Hughes at Flavorpill.

Paint It Black: Revisiting Blaxploitation And African American Cinema Of The 1970s
When: First showing on Friday Oct 1 (7:30pm). Click here for the full schedule.
Where: Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Cost: $10

Photo via badazzmofo.com.
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