Presentations & Performances



Sunday, September 28th

The Velaslavasay Panorama
1122 W 24th St
Los Angeles, CA 90007


$14 general, $12 VPES members

Tickets available at http://tropicalia.brownpapertickets.com/


The Velaslavasay Panorama and Radio Afrique in collaboration with Mr. Bongo Records (UK) is pleased to host the Los Angeles debut of Tropicália, a documentary film by Marcelo Machado.

Tropicália tells the story of the rich artistic and cultural movement born in the late 1960s in Brazil. From a collective of like-minded souls, ‘tropicália’ used music, poetry, theatre, and avant-garde visual art to confront the political establishment. The film highlights the struggle ‘tropicália’ artists endured to protect their right to freely express revolutionary thought at a time of political turbulence in Brazil.

These artists took sonic cues from traditional Brazilian music, psychedelic rock, and African rhythms, and was led by the likes of Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Os Mutantes and Tom Zé. The tropicalist movement had a big impact on the popular music scene, and was an intense presence in Brazilian television, press and radio.

Tropicália has been exhibited in over 15 countries around the world, participating in major film festivals, including the 38th Telluride Film Festival (USA), 17 It’s All True (opening), 14th BAFICI (Argentina), Visions du Reel (Switzerland), Winter Film Festival (Uruguay), World Cinema Amsterdam (Netherlands), JIMFF (South Korea), 17th Milano Film Festival (Italy), San Sebastian (Spain), DocLisboa (Portugual) and many others.

For more information, visit:

Radio Afrique



Los Angeles Filmforum presents

Filmforum Presents: Cinema Cabaret

The Cinema Cabaret:
Re-takes on North American History
Neelanjana Banerjee, Robin Sukhadia, Jen Hofer, Douglas Kearney,
Nicole McJamerson, Janice Lee, Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, Jen Nellis,
Konrad Steiner, and Jackie Wang performing live!

Sunday October 5, 2014
7:30 pm

Tickets $10 general admission, $6 students/seniors/VPES members
Available in advance at http://bpt.me/869109

Tonight ten poet-performers take on the movies by writing scripts that re-tell scenes from sevenfeature films, using them to repackage aspects of the history of our continent. The practice of counter-dubbing films with alternate soundtracks became ubiquitous in the 20th century. But almost from the beginning of cinema live orators and narrators were available to mediate the image on the screen, either for documentary films without inter-titles, or for imported films whose titles were in a foreign language, or indeed in Japan where the film industry grew around the star status of the benshi narrators, creating films designed to be narrated live by the actors who wrote the tale and voiced the characters. Sometimes called "movie telling" or "neo-benshi" or glossed as performance art, the seven pieces tonight will take scenes from different feature films and torque them with sometimes comic, critical, or poetic interpretations, all relating in some way to the history, or alternate history, of North America.

For artist biographies and more information, visit www.lafilmforum.org


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Year of the Wooden Horse


During this Year of the Wooden Horse 2014, we hope to continue in our mission to present the public with an ever-stimulating and much expanded array of functions, entertainments, and marvels to complement our panoramic ambitions; please consider becoming a member of the Velaslavasay Panorama Enthusiast Society, that you may contribute to our efforts in bringing wonders many and unique to the great city of Los Angeles and beyond.




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