If you're in Downtown Los Angeles, drop by the Music Center Plaza at lunchtime to catch a free performance by Cirque du Soleil, as well as other festivities. It's all to kick off the third annual LA Arts Month. At the Aero Theatre, there will be a short film showcase of independent films by women directors (including the film Bastard by actress Kirsten Dunst). Finally, at the Hammer Museum you can get your fill of art and film with a screening of Hitchcock's Vertigo, which is being screened in support of Julian Hoeber's Demon Hill installation.
If you work in Downtown Los Angeles, step away from the computer this lunchtime and take in free performances by Cirque du Soleil, members of Los Lobos, and the Hollywood High School Show Choir at the Music Center Plaza. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Michael Govan of LACMA, and other city officials will be there to help kick off the third annual LA Arts Month, which encourages residents to seek out cultural experiences. Food by Patina Restaurant will be available for purchase on site. Cirque du Soleil Performance When: Wednesday, January 5 (noon-1:30pm) Where: Music Center Plaza, 135 N. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012 Cost: Free Photo by Getty
"The 6th Annual Focus on Female Directors continues its quest to bring the work of women directors to the fore. Screening at the historic Egyptian Theatre, this showcase of shorts includes Kirsten Dunst's Bastard; Sam Taylor-Wood's Love You More; Cynthia Wade's Born Sweet; Liz Blazer's Backseat Bingo, an animated documentary about the lives of amorous senior citizens; and Eleanor's Catch, a 1916 melodrama by pioneering female director Cleo Madison.” - Karin E. Baker at Flavorpill 6th Annual Focus on Female Directors Short Film Showcase When: Wednesday, January 5 (7:30pm) Where: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028 Cost: $7-$11
Catch a free screening of the Hitchcock classic Vertigo at the Hammer Museum tonight. James Stewart and Kim Novak (who plays two roles) star in this film about a San Francisco detective who gets caught in the gravitational pull of a mysterious blond woman who seems intent on destroying herself. The film is being shown in conjunction with Julian Hoeber’s Demon Hill installation at the museum. Vertigo at the Hammer Museum When: Wednesday, January 5 (7pm) Where: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024 Cost: Free. Tickets are available at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office one hour prior to start time.