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Pencil This In: Two Germanys on Film, Chekov at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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FILM
Tonight the series “Torn Curtain: Two Germanys on Film” kicks off at LACMA. These are 16 films that were made between the end of World War II and the fall of the Berlin Wall. “The opening weekend presents four Trummerfilme or ‘rubble films’—one West German, one East German, and two American—shot immediately after the war amid the ruins of German cities.” At 7:30 pm is The Murderers are Among Us (Die Mörder sind unter uns) followed by In Those Days (In jenen Tagen) at 9:15 pm. The film series is being held in conjunction with the exhibition “Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Cultures” showing through April 19, 2009 at BCAM.LEARNING
Hurry up! There's still time. USC's Marshall School of Business is hosting E2, the first-ever Evolution of Entertainment Conference at Bovard Auditorium. The conference features discussions on entertainment marketing, financing and distribution in the digital era from 1:30 to 4:45 pm followed by a mixer at USC's Galen Center.

ART
There’s a joint exhibit tonight and tomorrow for two local artists - Gronk and George Yepes - at the George Yepes Los Angeles Studio. “Doing Life in Downtown L.A.” features loft-size original paintings; limited-edition silkscreen prints; hand-painted Giclee prints and other art. The sale/exhibit runs from 5-8 pm tonight.

THEATRE
Battle Hymn, an epic tale that follows a teenager’s 150-year pregnancy and journey while searching America for a safe time and place to have her baby, has been extended through March 7 at the 87-seat [Inside] the Ford in Hollywood. The Circle X world premiere production is a gender- and race-bending allegory. The show begins at 8 pm tonight.

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PREVIEW THEATRE
Chalk Repertory Theatre presents the U.S. premiere of Susan Coyne’s adaptation of Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov at the Masonic Lodge of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This classic Russian story about a family mired in its past, features a diverse cast starring Ricardo Antonio Chavira of Desperate Housewives with the central family being portrayed by Asian-American actors. The preview performance tonight and tomorrow night at 8 pm will set you back $20. A special opening night performance and celebration happens on Sunday.

COFFEE
The next installment of LA Friday Coffee happens tonight from 6:30-8 pm at the Griffith Park Observatory. It’s a great time to wait out traffic, drink coffee and hold casual conversations. Meet in the "Restaurant at the end of the Universe."

CLASSICAL
It’s “;Casual Friday” at Walt Disney Concert Hall featuring Leonard Slatkin, conductor and Hilary Hahn, violin. The program includes Tchaikovsky’ Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture Violin Concerto. The show begins at 8 pm.

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