Oh sweet sweat droplets, it is hot.
Hot like September typically is, 'round Southern California, but in a way that can even take the local longtimers by surprise. Perhaps we see the autumn-themed back-to-school items, and sweaters in the stores, and we believe that maybe, just maybe, this September will resemble the mythical September of popular culture: crisp and brisk and filled with falling leaves.
Not happening, per usual. What is happening, though, is a pop culture-flavored slice of summertime, to fit these fiery temperatures. It's an outdoor movie series, that hallmark of hotter weather, and, wait for it, it is just kicking off, in the middle of September, to remind SoCalers that summer isn't actually through here before the Halloween jack o' lanterns go aglow.
A half dozen Saturdays shall follow, through to Oct. 24, and the flicks include "Shaun of the Dead," "Groundhog Day," "Coming to America" (director John Landis will be there), "Bring It On" (with special guest Jessica Bendinger, "Stand and Deliver" with FYI Films, "Dear White People," and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."
Is picnicking allowed? Definitely. What's summer, or an autumn that feels like summer, without a checkered blanket on the ground a few sammies? Shall there be wine tasting, as there often is at Barnsdall Art Park? Yes, for a different ticket than the one that gets you in for fifteen bucks.
And, honest: You couldn't have a more legendary backdrop to your movie viewing. Most of the time when you see a film a projector booth, and plain wall, is behind you. At Barnsdall Art Park both Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood Sign silently watch over your cinema experience.
As for for our faux fall/summer? Which we could call fummer, or maybe sumtumn, though those don't exactly trip off the tongue. Just be glad we get to extend the fun parts of the warm season a little further into our September and October.
Movies high on a hill in Los Feliz is the perfect way to bid adieu to summer during its long, long goodbye.