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GR2: 11/20 Thurs 7pm John Porcellino Book Signing and Doc Screening

John Porcellino Book Signing and ScreeningThurs November 20 7pmIt's happening. The only stop in LA for one of the most important zine / comic makers in the world, John Porcellino, who might be most well known for his long running, King-Cat comics. It's a two pronged event. The first is we're screening 45 minute excerpt of his documentary film. Root Hog or Die. Then he's be signing his new book, The Hospital Suite. We'll have books and more available for purchase.  GR2 2062 Sawtelle Blvd  LA, CA 90025

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Jimmy Mirikitani Subject of “Cats of Mirikitani” 1920-2012

Jimmy Mirikitani, the subject of Linda Hattendorf’s great documentary, “Cats of Mirikitani” has passed away. The documentary brought to light numerous issues, from homelessness, mental health, Concentration Camps and 9/11. All of which affected the artist. Watch the doc if you get a chance. It’s worth seeing. (Nikkeiview – Mirikitani) [youtube]PtNM-6FqtCM[/youtube]

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GR Interview: Director Alison Klayman (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry)

Ai Weiwei might be the most famous living artist today. Surely he’s a controversial figure, at least from the eyes of China and while he produces work from museum exhibitions around the world, he’s continuously persecuted. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry captures the history of Ai Weiwei, from his days in New York City, to his rise as a media and art star. The film captures both sides of him. His work, which also melds into his Tweeting and documenting his own persecution. Director Alison Klayman captures numerous great moments, from the opening shots of Ai Weiwei’s cats to his detention and release. GR: It’s obvious Ai Weiwei wants to be on camera. I’m sure many wanted to make a documentary....

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Documentary on George Takei

This should be a great doc. Straight from the director: “Most people know George Takei as Mr. Sulu, the helmsman from the original STAR TREK television show and movies. Fewer people know that George was imprisoned for four years during his childhood in a Japanese American internment camp. In his activism, he equates the experience of Japanese Americans during WWII with the civil rights struggles that LGBT people face today. In 2005, after a lifetime of being “closeted” George “came out” publicly so that he could participate in the struggle for marriage equality. The film chronicles George’s rise to fame, and how he went from a STAR TREK celebrity to becoming an active voice in civil rights. George’s personal struggles...

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