Cool Alfresco Films: Barnsdall + Cinefamily

Spend some late summer nights near the Hollyhock House sipping wine and catching classics.

Labor Day Weekend is on approach, as are the urgent articles advising us to take our final dips in the nearest pool, to lick our last frozen treats of the season, and to get in all of the summery pleasures we can before the chill winds of autumn arrive.

But those chill winds don't arrive in Southern California before the first day of November, generally, and it might be confidently said that the warmest time of year isn't nearly done here. Case in point: A new outdoor movie series, the sort of staple of early summer in most places, will kick off in September.

It's atop Olive Hill — that's the high-above-the-city home of the Hollyhock House, of course — and the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation is behind the fundraiser, as is The Cinefamily, those indie-alt-offbeat-everything movie mavens who typically hold court at the Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax Avenue.

The dates: Five Sundays from Sept. 4 through Oct. 2.

San Antonio Winery will be on cork-popping hand, too, pouring "a curated selection of wines." The series is, in fact, dubbed Wine & a Movie, and tickets are twenty five dollars a pop. Picnicking is welcome, as is tradition on Olive Hill, and food trucks shall park it nearby, in case you ran out of sandwich bread and/or pickles 'n cheese at home.

The movies? "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" get is all going, "Fellini Satyricon" wraps it all up, with "Jules et Jim," "Black Orpheus," and "An Evening of EXPANDED Cinema on 16mm" rounding out the center of the series. Special guests and live musical treats will complement the flicks in mind-expanding, spirit-lifting ways.

Not ready to bid summer cinema events adieu, and all of their dine-outdoors-y delights? Find foreign and indie film wonders near the Hollyhock House every Sunday in September, plus the first Sunday in October, too.

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