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NYC: We’re Closed For The Holidays. Watch Our Video!

WHILE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS, GARIS & HAHN WILL OFFER A NIGHTTIME INTERACTIVE VIDEO EXHIBITION OF SALON VIDÉO

Salon Video

Mock-up courtesy of the artist.

 

Starting December 21st, 2014 through January 11th, 2015 from sundown to sunrise, Garis & Hahn, a LES gallery with a growing reputation for unconventional exhibitions, will present Brooklyn based artist/designer/programmer, Eric Corriel.

The gallery will project nightly, Salon Vidéo, an interactive three channel video installation made with custom software developed by Eric Corriel that brings the 18th/19th century French salon format to the 21st century. Unlike the salon paintings that required months, if not years, to produce, the “works of art”, and the people depicted in them, will be produced and replaced in seconds.

While the salons of 18th century France featured royal subjects and extravagant landscapes, Salon Vidéo democratizes both by featuring ordinary passersby as its subject and an urban street as its background; an act bringing the public into the fold of the art world.

Where: Garis & Hahn, 263 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

Get Ready California For The Cow Parade!

California Milk Processor Board got milk

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It’s the largest and most successful public art event in the world, having been staged in 80 cities globally since 1999, featuring variously designed and painted, life-sized fiberglass cows.  And it will be arriving in California September 2015.  So mark your calendars!

The got milk? CowParade is partnering with educational nonprofits including THINK Together and STAR Education among others and will exhibit in select cities throughout the Golden State, promoting art, learning and celebrating the California dairy industry.  And if that’s not special enough, here’s a fact that Gia On The Move is excited about: no other state has hosted a public art event of this magnitude.  At the end of the exhibit period, the art pieces will be auctioned and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the organizations.

The got milk? CowParade will connect with adults and children. The goal is to have large art installations in Sacramento, San Francisco/San Jose, Fresno, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Palm Springs and San Diego.

Here’s another detail we LOVE:  National and internationally renowned artists and local talent as well as celebrity supporters will be invited to participate in the exhibitions.  So…California artists get your creative juices flowing and your skills on the table.  We’d like to see YOUR art in this one!  For participation and/or submission info, visit www.gotmilkcowparade.com.

CowParade New York City 2000 Frida Astaire and Ginger Rogers aka The Dancing Divas

CowParade New York City 2000 Frida Astaire and Ginger Rogers aka The Dancing Divas

“The got milk? CowParade is a fun, entertaining and whimsical art exhibit that highlights education and California’s thriving dairy industry,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. “At the same time it generates funds for educational groups that do important work for our students.”

Follow the got milk CowParade via social media on Facebook @gotmilk, Twitter @gotmilk and Instagram @officialgotmilk. Join the conversation via #gotmilkcowparade.

Past cities includeChicago (1999), New York City (2000), London (2002), Tokyo (2003), Dublin (2003), Stockholm (2004), Mexico City (2005), Sao Paulo (2005), Buenos Aires (2006), Boston (2006) Paris (2006), Milan (2007), Istanbul (2007),Taipei (2009), Rio de Janeiro (2011), Hong Kong (2013), and Shanghai (2014).  The cow sculptures, mounted on a 300 pound cement display base, are made of fiberglass with steel rebar reinforcement. The sculptures come in three basic positions – standing (head up), grazing (head down), reclining. The Standing Cow is 95″ long x 29″ wide x 57″ high, the Grazing Cow is 84″ long x 29″ wide x 48″ high, and the Reclining Cow is 88″ long x 44″ wide x 42″ high.

CowParade

About the CMPB

The California Milk Processor Board was established in 1993 to make milk more competitive and increase milk consumption in California. Awareness of got milk? is over 90% nationally and it is considered one of the most important and successful campaigns in history. Got milk? is a federally registered trademark that has been licensed by the national dairy boards since 1995. The CMPB’s Spanish-language campaign began in 1994 using the tagline “Familia, Amor y Leche” (Family, Love and Milk). The TOMA LECHE (Drink Milk) campaign replaced it in 2006, in order to better align the English and Spanish language work. The CMPB is funded by all Californiamilk processors and administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

“Indian Ink” Is a Tom Stoppard Gem

BY CARLOS STAFFORD, THE MODEL CRITIC
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When you see a Tom Stoppard play certain elements are always present: he dazzles with his useage of the English language, while at the  same time offering theatrically challanging and provocative ideas.   As playwright and thinker, he often accomplishes his concepts by crafting historically ambiguous, but plausible humanistic visions from the past, and linking them in a time warp to the present, as people and emotions become linked in time, immutable. The trip is breathtaking, and his scope is large.

Luckily, two plays presented by the Roundabout, The Real Thing, starring Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cynthia Nixon and Josh Hamilton, now playing, and Indian Ink, with the incomparable Rosemary Harris and Romola Garai etc, which has recently closed at The Laura Pels, have thrilled Stoppardphiles.  Thanks must be extended to Tood Haimes of the Roundabout for his vision in bringing these two fine works to delight audiences this fall season.

Ms Harris and Ms Garai are peerless in Indian Ink; a play concerned with a magical romance in India between an English woman and an Indian man in the early 20th century; one that time-shifts to 1980’s England, uncovering a long-ago correspondence betweeen sisters. Much like Stoppard’s Arcadia, crafted in a similar telescoping motif, costumes and music are sometimes the only clues that indicate the period separation. Present characters are siblings, biographers and offsprings linked to the past that try to uncover secrets buried long ago. Clues remain, bits and pieces, but enigmas remain undefined.

Essentially, for Indian Ink, Stoppard has said that in the beginning, he wanted to have a play about a conversation between a poet and a painter.  Since Stoppard spent part of his youth in India, having been taken by his parents out of Czechoslovakia during the Nazi Invasion of  WW11, he decided to use India as rich source material for his fictional, free-spirited poet, Flora Crewe visiting India, while suffering from TB, and Nirad Das, a local painter (a wonderful Firdous Bamji) who creates a nude painting of her that survives as a legacy and clue for an English biographer 50 years later researching Flora’s life and poetry. Questions abound from the collected letters, secrets exposed perhaps, but all is imagined from the gauzy view of history.

The backdrop is Jammapour, a fictional Indian locale. The time is 1930’s India, where the English have had colonial rule since the early 17th Century under Queen Elizabeth 1. English culture dominates, but change is imminent as the gracious hosts are primed for independence with the Great Salt March, led by Mahatma Ghandi, in a non-violent protest opposing British rule that disallowed salt to be collected and sold by Indians.

Through intimate, tender and honest conversations between Flora and Nirad, we learn of Hindu culture, Krishna, Brahmin, Vishnu, Gita Govinda, etc., and the the concept of Rasa, “the essence of emotion.” Flora asks Nirad if his painting of her has Rasa. The answer gives meaning to their possible love affair, implied rather than specific, as the painting is found years later with Flora’s younger sister, now the aging Eleanor Swan (Rosemary Harris) living in England. Sensual and evocative, Flora’s and Nirad’s romance crosses cultural boundaries of what was then acceptable.

RASA: is an aspect of Hindu tradition that is defined as the essence of emotion. It has many literal meanings in Sanskrit such as “taste” or “juice.”  The term originates from the ancient Hindu teachings and is used to describe the “emotional essences” of art, literature, and the performing arts. There are nine rasas in total: Shringara (love), Hasya

(joy), Shanta (peace), Raudra (anger), Veera (courage), Karuna (sadness), Bhayanaka (fear), Vibhatsa (disgust). According to Nirad it is the artist’s duty to evoke these rasas in the viewer of a work of art. (Upstage Guide, Roundabout Theatre Company)

The story is nothing if not magically lush and transporting. Real life characters are woven into the fictional story throughout–E.M Forster, and A Passage to India is referenced, H.G. Wells, who is Nirad’s favorite English author, The Bloomsbury Group, Modigliani, who also once painted Flora (again fictionally), Arthur Conan Doyle, Gunga Din from Kipling–all embodied in conversations as life and art merge. Colonialism paints another type of reality and determines the obvious tensions and struggles with power and caste.

Stoppard succeeded in delivering Rasa. And Carey Perloff’s superb ease of direction conveyed a familiarity and understanding in guiding characters from two cultures in two distinct times.  Plus, she well understood Stoppard’s intent, and created a naturalistic, tangible environment. With one set only, used in imaginative ways, an hypnotic world was created between dream and memory, language and perhaps another Passage to India of sorts; I would say it covered as a warm breeze passing on a quiet hillside of memory.

Finally, we have an outstanding story with a beguiling sweep of romance, art, history, colonialism, religion, together with the more intimate and private reminisces of a sister, and a biographer, and the untold story of what really happened to a unique character in an equally unique place in time.

The acting was superb all around, a big success.

INDIAN INK
BY TOM STOPPARD
At the LAURA PELS THEATRE, NYC
CAST:
FIRDOUS BAMJI…NIRAD DAS
ROMALA GARAI…FLORA CREW
ROSEMARY HARRIS…ELEANOR SWAN
BHAVESH PATEL…ANISH DAS
Limited Run No More Performances

 

Rediscovering LA Art Show’s 40 Year Old Buried Masters

A Solo Exhibition of Gil Cuatrecasas at the LA Art Show Curated by Peter Hastings Falk for Rediscovered Masters January 14th – 18th, 2015

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Gil Cuatrecasas, Celebration, 1973, acrylic on canvas, 80” x 86”

Rediscovered Masters, the organization dedicated to identifying largely under recognized late-career artists with historically significant oeuvres and raising institutional, academic and public awareness about their works, is pleased to announce its first art fair exhibition at the 20th Anniversary edition of the LA Art Show. The exhibition will inaugurate Rediscovered Masters’ new program of curating solo presentations of carefully selected artists at major international art fairs with a surprising new addition to the history of American art: the “Cuatrecasas Discovery”. From January 14th through the 18th, 2015, the art world will have its first opportunity to attend the unveiling of Cuatrecasas’ extraordinary lost collection at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

This story of the Cuatrecasas Discovery begins with the artist’s death in 2004. While his younger brother was cleaning out the artist’s apartment in Barcelona, he discovered an old invoice for a lease at an art storage facility in Washington D.C. In Cuatrecasas’ brother’s visit to that storage facility, he discovered his brother’s large collection of lost paintings, all of which had been perfectly preserved for the past four decades.

Falk reiterates the significance of this exhibition, stating:

Here was a genius of single-minded pursuit who created his own unique style and found great critical acclaim in Washington. Then he suddenly slipped from sight. Now his collection presents a new and compelling chapter in art history, shared by America and Spain.

The Cuatrecasas Discovery also reveals a tragic side to the artist’s history. Cuatrecasas had found early success in the nation’s capital — including a solo exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1964 — only to depart shortly thereafter for Spain, never to return to Washington, D.C. In the summer of 1976, the artist was scheduled to premier a new series of paintings at the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, but in June the city was suddenly hit with the worst flooding disaster in regional history. The flood resulted in damage to all of Cuatrecasas canvases stored in the museum’s basement — many damaged beyond repair. As a result, just two weeks before the artist’s exhibition of a lifetime was to open, it was cancelled. Cuatrecasas returned to Spain despondent. He never painted again, and his life after the cancelled exhibition followed a devastating series of health events that began with alcoholism, followed by tuberculosis, and ended with cancer.

Although his health deteriorated, the artist did take great care of his undamaged paintings, rolling the canvases up and placing them in storage. Now 40 years later, canvases from Cuatrecasas’ Torino Collection, named for the Italian city in which the artist painted from 1970 to 1976, will be on on exhibition at the LA Art Show.

The solo exhibition of Cuatrecasas’ Torino Collection is curated by Peter Hastings Falk, Founder and Chief Curator of Rediscovered Masters. Cuatrecasas was selected by Rediscovered Masters intensive Art Advisory Board review for his significant contributions to the Washington Color School through the 1960s and unique approach in the 1970s. Falk points to colleagues and friends of Cuatrecasas, Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland, who have both been enshrined in the school of great American Color Field painters, a movement that paralleled Abstract Expressionism in New York. More recently, other members such as Gene Davis and Tom Downing have each enjoyed a critical reassessment of their works through museum exhibitions. Unfortunately, until now, no one was ever aware that the compelling collection of one of their comrades lay forgotten and buried in a storage facility in Washington, D.C.

About the Artist
Born in 1935, Gil Cuatrecasas grew up in the United States after escaping Spain with his family during the brutal Franco regime. Cuatrecasas received his undergraduate degree in fine art from Harvard in 1957 and that same year attended the Yale University School of Art to study under Josef Albers. After a promising start as a member of the Washington Color School he returned to Spain, developing a complex technique to arrive at his own unique style. After being lauded by many major collectors and curators he returned to the United States for a solo exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, but a series of tragedies ensured his collection remained buried for forty years. Thankfully, the paintings of this brilliant colorist have come to light for the first time in the United States after the artist’s death in 2004.

About Rediscovered Masters
Rediscovered Masters is an online platform and organization founded to champion late-career artists (and those who have died) who, for various reasons, have not expanded or sustained the exposure they deserve. Artists are elected after vetting by an Art Advisory Board composed of critics and art historians. Once an artist is elected, Rediscovered Masters alerts the art world (museum curators, gallerists, collectors, historians, and critics) who might otherwise remain unaware of their works with the goal of these artists being included in exhibitions at museums and galleries.

For more information go to: www.rediscoveredmasters.com

Three New Prints from John Lennon’s Bag One Arts Program Exhibit in Los Angeles

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The City In My Heart (Eiffel Tower) depicts a romantic memory of John and Yoko’s honeymoon in Paris. (PRNewsFoto/Epic Rights)

Prints of three of John Lennon’s rare archival sketches from the Bag One Arts program – I’m One of Your Biggest Fans, The City in My Heart and Happy Xmas– will be released through exclusive exhibitions in key cities across the United State beginning this December, including Los Angeles, CA. and Las Vegas, NV.

John Lennon’s artwork celebrates human love and communication – two themes at the heart of his contribution to the art of the twentieth century.  His iconic Self-Portrait image has become the cornerstone of the collection.  Offered through the Bag One Arts program, these posthumous, limited edition prints are adapted from Lennon’s original drawings.  The art has been selected from rare archival sketches and is representative of his whimsical and thought provoking imagery.  Each print is reproduced utilizing the sophisticated and detailed standards typical for archival fine art printing processes, guided, approved and hand-signed by Yoko Ono.

The City In My Heart (Eiffel Tower) depicts a romantic memory of John and Yoko’s honeymoon in Paris.  I’m One of Your Biggest Fans reflects his penchant for witty commentary when greeted by fans.  The Happy Xmastree celebrates peace and the powerful message of Happy Xmas (War Is Over).

The Bag One Arts exhibition opens in Los Angeles at Legacy Fine Art (101 N Robertson Blvd.) on December 12th – 14th and in Las Vegason December 5th at AFA Gallery at The Fashion Show Mall.

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The Happy Xmas tree celebrates peace and the powerful message of Happy Xmas (War Is Over). (PRNewsFoto/Epic Rights)

“Introducing the Bag One Arts program through this unique exhibition continues to honor John’s legacy,” said Ono. “The teams at Bag One Arts and Epic Rights have exceeded my expectations both in terms of the quality of the prints and their passion in organizing the exhibitions. On a personal note, I’m especially proud to share John’s The City in My Heart print, created during our honeymoon.”

In his art, John Lennon, the legendary musician, songwriter, poet, philosopher and artist, delivered a consistent message – peace and love.  Art was actually his first love, as he began drawing long before he owned a guitar.  He attended the prestigious Liverpool Art Institute (1957-1960).  He continued to draw throughout his life.  Lennon’s primary medium was line drawing, either in pen, pencil, or Japanese sumi ink.  His drawings became illustrations for three bestselling books: In His Own Write (1964), A Spaniard in the Works (1965) and Skywriting By Word of Mouth (1987).

In addition, a complete suite of the Bag One portfolio of lithographs resides in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  The graphic collection has traveled throughout the U.S., England, Spain,Italy, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong and Manila.

For more information about Lennon’s Bag One Arts exhibitions, visit http://johnlennonartwork.com

About John Lennon and Bag One Arts:
Born and raised in Liverpool, England, as a teenager John Lennon became involved in music, forming his first band, the Quarrymen, which by 1960 had evolved into The Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. Lennon was a visual artist before he picked up his first guitar or wrote his first song. From 1957-60 he studied at the prestigious Liverpool Art Institute. Later he would not only pen but also illustrate three books: In His Own Write, A Spaniard In The Works and Skywriting By Word of Mouth.  In 1969, as a wedding gift for Yoko, he began working on a series of drawings called Bag One–a chronicle of their wedding ceremony, honeymoon and plea for world peace — The Bed-In. In the years that followed the break-up of The Beatles, Lennon expressed himself once again through drawing, this time reflecting his love for his family. Since 1989 Bag One Arts has published a series of limited edition prints of his work, which have traveled throughout the world.  The Bag One Portfolio is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Please check MOMA’s schedule for opportunities to view the collection.

About Epic Rights Art/Limelight Agency
Epic Rights, in partnership with Bag One Arts and Daniel Crosby’s Limelight Agency, is handling marketing and distribution of the John Lennon Bag One Art program to galleries worldwide.

Almost Maine at The Hudson Mainstage Theatre, Hollywood, CA

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
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“They Fell” Cast: John Lacy and Travis Myers : Dan Warner Photography

“The World is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ~W.B. Yeats

Touching upon a spectrum of emotions and complicated human relationships, Almost, Maine now playing at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre is loaded with plenty of spunk. Developed by the Cape Cod Theatre Project in 2002 the show had an Off-Broadway run in 2006, played to critical acclaim and sold-out houses in 2010 at Portland Stage Company and comes to Los Angeles with a stellar cast, crew and writer/director team.

It’s a fast moving night in the snowy town of Almost — a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States – it’s almost Canada.  And it almost doesn’t exist.  Because its citizens never got around to getting organized.  So, it’s just…Almost.

Love is confusing and on one cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, amore goes haywire.  Almost’s inhabitants find themselves falling in and out of love, in the strangest ways.

As a series of literal and figurative, lightly connected vignettes, we go on a journey with the residents of Almost as they quite ridiculously in most cases, work out difficult, even forbidden moments with respective girlfriends, boyfriends, spouses, exes and friends. The overarching theme of Almost, Maine is “lost and found love”, or something like it in any case, and although there are some lively gags, it’s not always sweet.  Following a chirpy first act, the second act almost turns somber, but is saved by a high-spirited reprieve as the story eventually and energetically revs full circle for a contented, if not absolutely joyous ending.

Almost, Maine is neatly written and entertaining, sincere and as thoroughly silly as it gets in the comedic love arena. Nine couples work their way in and out of enchantments, affections and crushes, turning the idea of love upside down at times with outrageous accusations, confessions and revelations that are poignant as much as they are funny.

Don’t pass up this offering if you can help it.  The laughs and giggles are well worth the ticket price and time spent in the seat.  Each and every cast member brings their A-game, vulnerability and range to every moment of this show without exception.  All other elements from lighting to costume to scenery are completely complimentary.

“The play is filled with with quirks, surprises and hilarity in the very human quest for connection. Better than ‘almost’.  Almost, Maine is perfect!”

Almost MaineNow Playing until December 21st
at The Hudson Mainstage
Thurs, Fri, Sat @ 8pm
Sun @3pm
General admission is $25.00
Running time 90 minutes
Playwright John Cariani
Directed by Martin Papazian
Scenic Designer Joseph Hodges
Sound Design by D.J. Moosekian
Produced by Martin Papazian, Christopher Armitrano, Peter Breitmayer & Pumpkin Eater Productions

FEATURING:

Allison Tolman, Peter BreitmayerAlex Desert, Marina BenedictMartin Papazian, Presciliana Esparolini, Samantha Sloyan, Dan Warner, Lester Purry, Nell Teare, Laura Marie Steigers, Tyne Stecklein, Misa Moosekian, Devin Crittenden, Travis Myers, John Lacy, Steve Fite, Casey Sullivan, and Ana Lucasey.

 
THE HUDSON MAINSTAGE THEATRE
6539 Santa Monica Blvd..
Los Angeles, CA. 90038
General admission:  323.960.5773

Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

6 Dance Lessons in 6 WeeksLast Tuesday evening had me sitting in the Wilshire Screening Room for the second and final preview of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, the new screenplay by two-time Writer’s Guild Award winner and Emmy nominee, Richard Alfieri based on his Broadway hit show by the same name, to be released this Friday, December 12th, in Los Angeles at Sundance Sunset Cinema, Laemmle Town Center 5, and Edwards Westpark 8 and in NY at AMC Empire 25.

The movie stars two-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner Gena Rowlands as the crusty 75-year-old South Florida matron Lily Harrison who unexpectedly develops a life-changing friendship with her much younger, gay dance instructor.

Cheyenne Jackson co-stars as Michael Minetti, the frustrated, 30-year-old teacher and former Broadway chorus star who is assigned to Lily after she calls to request a private lesson.  Julian Sands plays Cunard, owner of the dance studio. And what would a dance film be without Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy award winner Rita Moreno (West Side Story) who makes a lively appearance as Lily’s cranky downstairs neighbor.

Six Dance Lessons overall is rather a delightful little film and was certainly well-received by the crowd in attendance.  The movie lightly hits all the intended points about stereotypes, prejudice, intolerance, ageism, gay issues, religion, and most of all the invisibility of older women.

“I’ve noticed so many times older women say, finally something for us,” said director Arthur Allan Seidelman.  Sincerely, this is a film dedicated especially to them.  A love story between a very much older matron and a very young man who genuinely need each other for so many reasons.  And sex actually does sort of come into play, just not for the two of them.  But the story does bring up the issue of older women, their power, loss of identity without a man, loneliness and needs beyond card games, bingo and coffee clutching.

It is a story however “by the numbers” so exact in intention that it feels at times a bit like a Sunday School lecture in relationships. The dialog “fits and starts” at the beginning and feels more like a stage play rather than a film.  In fact, Broadway is exactly where this story was originally debuted.  Characters have been added in to pad the drama and the environment between the two leads, and more layers could have filled the gaps.  But in the end, it does settle into what the director wanted to give us…a beautiful picture and a clear message.  That’s exactly what we got.

As an homage to the ladies of this film, their respective talents, beauty and full-spanning careers, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks is worth the viewing simply for the sentiment and wisdom.  Gena Rowlands and Rita Moreno are as wonderfully spot-on and snappy as ever.  Actress Jacki Weaver as the kittenish, older woman looking for a great time, throws in a tremendous amount of honesty in the few moments she is given on screen.  And all of them supported by a strong and thankfully not overbearing Cheyenne Jackson.  Overall, it’s a sweet, comedic, straight-shooting story of life lessons for everyone.  You’ll want to get your pen and paper out for notes.  Because eventually, this day is coming for all of us.

The Film Collective and Dada Films presents a Docler Entertainment Production in Association with Entpro

And Arthur Allan Seidelman Film.

Screenplay by Richard Alfieri, based on his play.

Directed by Arthur Allen Seidelman

STARRING:

Gena Rowlands as Lily Harrison

Cheyenne Jackson as Michael Minetti

Jacki Weaver as Irene Mossbecker

Rita Moreno as Ida Barksdale

Julian Sands as Winslow Cunard

LA THEATERS
Sundance Sunset Cinema – 8000 Sunset Blvd West Hollywood, CA

Laemmle Town Center 5 – 17200 Ventura Blvd #121, Encino, CA
Edwards Westpark 8 – 3735 Alton Pkwy, Irvine, CA
NY THEATER
AMC Empire 25 – 234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036