September 30, 2008

Miracle Mile Players Announce 2008 TarFest Schedule of Events

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Miracle Mile Players will present the Sixth Annual TarFest on October 3-5, 2008, in the Miracle Mile District of Los Angeles.

The festival kicks off Friday, October 3, 2008, with an art exhibition, juried by Howard Fox, Curator of Contemporary Art and Senior Curatorial Fellow at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The opening reception will be held at the Korean Cultural Center at 5505 Wilshire Blvd. and starts at 6:00 p.m.

On Saturday, October 4, 2008, TarFest continues with the TarFest Film Festival. This series of shorts will feature cutting-edge filmmakers and will showcase Los Angeles's emerging music video and short film scene with no film running longer than five minutes. The screening will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the screening room of the Korean Cultural Center.

After the film screening, the El Rey Theatre at 5515 Wilshire Blvd., will host the TarFest Music Program which will include local musical artists as well as a special guest appearance by international art star and DJ Shepard Fairey. Admission to the theatre is $10, and guests must be 21 years old to attend. The doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

The final day of the festival will begin at 9:00 a.m. on October 5, 2008, with the inaugural Miracle Mile Run. The event is a one-mile run that starts at Wilshire and Sycamore and ends on Wilshire in front of Chris Burden's "Urban Light" installation at LACMA. The run is open to the public and has eight age divisions. Entry fees are $10 for adults 19 or older, $5 for youth ages 11-18, and free for kids 10 or younger. All participants will receive a free event t-shirt, and awards and prizes from Nike will be presented to the top three runners in each division.

TarFest is presented annually by the Miracle Mile Players and is supported by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and LACMA. Financial support is provided by numerous Miracle Mile District businesses and property owners, including BRE Properties and The Grove. Proceeds from the sixth annual TarFest will benefit LACMA's NexGen program, LAPD Wilshire Division Explorers and Fairfax High School.

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CONTACT: Megan Tharpe for Miracle Mile Players, +1-323-860-8811,[email protected]

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