Author: Jana J. Monji

‘Real Boy’ asks us to think of gender as something more than biological

If you were living in Pasadena in the 1990s you might feel a certain twinge of recognition while watching the award-winning PBS documentary “Real Boy.” You just might know this family. Produced for the Independent Lens series, “Real Boy” is about Bennett, who was raised in Pasadena and whose mother, Suzy, still resides in the area. When we first meet Bennett, he is a she: a young girl named Rachel. Shaleece Haas, a self-proclaimed “queer documentary filmmaker” based in Los Angeles, begins her movie with clips made by the subject on Feb. 7, 1999. This is an intact family...

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Disneynature’s ‘Born in China’ offers stunning images of pandas, monkeys and antelope in their natural habitats

The gorgeously shot “Born in China,” Disneynature’s annual Earth Day offering, includes not only our favorite black and white “bear,” but also a curious 2-year-old golden monkey, a mother snow leopard and her two cubs, and a herd of Tibetan antelope, or chiru.  The film brings a touch of humor to some otherwise difficult true stories of life and death, with potential unsettling scenes tastefully and discreetly edited with minimal horror and gore, making this fine family fare for children of all ages. Director Lu Chuan won a special jury prize from the Tokyo International Film Festival and received...

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‘Ghost’ of Itself

Whitewashing thwarts audience ability to connect with the real ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Paramount Pictures seemed determined to keep critics away from screenings of the much-anticipated “Ghost in the Shell.” Some guessed this was because of persistent complaints about the main character in the live-action version of the popular Japanese manga being played by Marvel’s Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson, who is not East Asian. Perhaps that’s the case. After all, this is just one of a spate of recent instances involving what is known in the film industry as “whitewashing,” or casting whites to portray people of other ethnicities....

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9:00 am Plumeria Day at the Arboretum @ Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Plumeria Day at the Arboretum @ Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Plumeria Day features information about the fragrant, delicate flowers from experts of the South Coast Plumeria Society, workshops and plants for sale by plumeria vendors, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., included with Arboretum admission[...]
10:30 am Book To Art Club – The Art Forger @ Brand Library & Art Center
Book To Art Club – The Art Forger @ Brand Library & Art Center
Jul 22 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Book To Art Club - The Art Forger @ Brand Library & Art Center | Glendale | California | United States
The Book to Art Club combines reading, discussion, and art-making! Enjoy light refreshments, book discussion, and an art project based on themes from the book The Art Forger by Barbara A. Shapiro. Art supplies will[...]
2:00 pm LEGO Showcase, Mystery Lit at Ce... @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
LEGO Showcase, Mystery Lit at Ce... @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
Jul 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
LEGO Showcase Day celebrates the library’s LEGO design contest, including judging of the finalists’ entries, an awards ceremony and a winner display from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Mystery lovers are invited to Mystery Lit at[...]
2:00 pm “The Marvelous Wonderettes” Event @ Fair Oaks Pharmacy
“The Marvelous Wonderettes” Event @ Fair Oaks Pharmacy
Jul 22 @ 2:00 pm
In conjunction with the Sierra Madre Playhouse production of the 1950s-themed musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” cast members perform songs from the play at 2 p.m. Free.
3:00 pm Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Jul 22 @ 3:00 pm
Andrew Shtulman discusses and signs “Scienceblind: Why Our Intuitive Theories about the World Are So Often Wrong” at 3 p.m.

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