The Big Picture: AFI’s Great American Movie Quiz Hosted By Alex Trebek

Sept. 4 @ Hollywood Bowl

From hosting the second greatest game show of all time (According to TV Guide, “The Price is Right” is No. 1.) to chasing prowling burglars, it seems that Alex Trebek is a man of many extraordinary talents. Adding to his impressive to-do list, the five-time Daytime Emmy Awards winner of Outstanding Game Show host is presenting The Big Picture: AFI’s Great American Movie Quiz at the Hollywood Bowl this coming Sunday. For the first time ever, film buffs and music connoisseurs will get to take part in a unique movie trivia experience with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

Trebek will guide the audience through 20 multiple choice questions about film trivia from every genre and decade. Spectators will be provided multi-colored glow sticks to answer the questions, lighting up the entire Hollywood Bowl. Adding to the the trippy-ness of it all, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by the prominent film composer David Newman, will reveal the answer live as a corresponding movie clip plays on a huge screen. This sure to be pleasantly bizarre experience is the brainchild of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and the American Film Institute (AFI), so you know it’s pretty legit.

Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 North Highland Ave., Hollywood. For more information, visit

Good Burger Party & BBQ

Sept. 4 @ The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre

Would you like some funny with your cheeseburger? Head to the Cinefamily to get a double dose of some meaty goodness for the Good Burger Party & BBQ this Labor Day weekend. They will be screening Good Burger, “the single greatest ’80s movie made in the mid-’90s,” while you chow down on some grilled ground beef patties at Cinefamily’s all-night back patio burger bar.

The movie stars Nickelodeon alumni Keenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell (“All That” and “Keenan and Kel”) as two wacky teenagers who try to save an independent burger joint from the big, bad Mondo Burger chain across the street. Their admirable cause brings them an adventure filled with outrageous twists and turns, including spy schemes, mental asylum breakouts and transvestitism. For $10 (or if your a Cinefamily member, it’s free!), you get a barbecue party and a movie!

The Cinefamily is located at 611 North Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, visit

Cinecon 47: Classic Film Festival

Sept. 1-5 @ The Egyptian Theatre

If you want to go back further in time and are looking for a more old Hollywood classic film experience, then the Cinecon film festival is your answer. For five days, Cinecon 47 will be screening rare films from the silent and early sound era (think 1920s and ’30s). The festival has sifted through the Hollywood archives and vaults to bring the best movies from the past for your viewing pleasure at the Grauman’s Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Genres range from comedy and drama to musicals and Westerns.

An added bonus is the live musical accompaniment to play along with the silent films. One to especially look out for is the special presentation of the documentary Cinerama Adventure (2003), which chronicles the history of the three-camera, three-projector cinematic process that defined the motion picture industry in the 1950s and early 1960s. Filmmakers Dave Strohmaier and Randy Gitsch will make an in-person appearance.

The festival will also be screening East Side, West Side (1927), the first time in over 80 years in Los Angeles. Other standouts in the lineup are Blazing Days (1927), an early Western film by Oscar-winning director William Wyler, Stormy Weather (1943), a musical starring an all-star cast including Lena Home and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and Hands Up! (1926), the classic silent comedy featuring Raymond Griffith. Sunday will finish up one classy night with a cocktail reception and a banquet!

The Egyptian Theater is located at 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. For more information, visit