Oscar Week: A Ripe Time for Activism

With the Academy Awards a week away, the days ahead will be the height of the industry’s season of fetes and screenings, as well as a few events that, while not directly related to the Oscars, will reap the benefits that come from heightened press and celebrity attention.

On Monday, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will appear at the Global Creative Forum at the Hammer Museum in Westwood, in a conversation with actor Michael Douglas. That will be followed by a series of panels, including “The United Nations and Hollywood,” with “Law & Order” showrunner Neal Baer, Eric Falt of the UN Creative Community Outreach Initiative; director Terry George; actress Gloria Reuben and moderator Robert Orr, UN assistant secretary general.

There’s also “Empowering Women Worldwide,” featuring World Health Organization director-general Margaret Chan; Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes; Patricia O’Brien, UN Legal Counsel, crimes against humanity; actress Julia Ormond; and moderator Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE. And another panel is “Cutting Edge Solutions,” with actress Maria Bello; Ray Chambers, the secretary-general’s special envoy on malaria; James Colmenares, CEO of Qindred Foundation; singer Stevie Wonder and moderator William Rouhana Jr., CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

On Wednesday in Hollywood is the opening of ManifestEquality, a gallery exhibition with works and performances designed to raise visibility of grassroots efforts to push for equal rights for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual Americans. The model is the ManifestHope gallery that ran in Denver during the Democratic National Convention and in Washington during the inauguration. The gallery will be open through March 7, with parties on Wednesday and Saturday nights.

On Thursday at Raleigh Studios is a screening of “Into Eternity,” a documentary about the world’s first underground repository for nuclear waste that comes from the producers behind the “Burma VJ,” which is nominated for best documentary this year. The screening is co-sponsored by Global Green USA and Magic Hour Films.

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