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Pencil This In: Music Writing @ 826LA, Art Parties About Town

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Lilly pads at the Getty Villa. / Photo by Julie Wolfson via LAist's flickr pool.

Lilly pads at the Getty Villa. / Photo by Julie Wolfson via LAist's flickr pool.
Do you have aspirations to be the next Kevin Bronson or Josh Kun? Do you have a passion for all things music? Then think about coming tonight to 826LA East’s first adult writing seminar “Writing About Music.” Panelists Bronson and Kun will be joined by Justin Gage of, Pat McGuire of Filter, Randall Roberts of the LA Weekly, and freelance writers Jeff Weiss and Jessica Hundley. Moderated by Joshuah Bearman, the panelists will discuss the music business and writing about music in all forms of media. They’ll cover the creative and business sides of music journalism. Cost of the seminar is $25. The seminar begins at 7:30 pm in 826’s Echo Park location.

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s program “Westside Connections 2” takes to the stage at 7 pm tonight at the Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center. The program will explore the connection between music and poetry in this series curated by concertmaster Margaret Batjer. Former three-term Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky is the special guest who’ll provide his insights about poetry to a lively discussion about words, music and social meaning. The night’s musical performance features two pieces that demonstrate the evocative power of artistic expression: Mozart’s “Quintet in E-flat major for Piano and Winds, K. 452” and Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht (‘Transfigured Night’), Op.”

Now if you don’t feel like heading downtown for the MOCA party, then LACMA is hosting a “college night” tonight from 8-10 pm. A valid college ID (preferably your own) will get you in for free to explore the current special exhibition The Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Cultures. There’s also a gallery discussion, art workshops and a free reception included. LACMA is open to the public until 8 pm. Admission is pay what you wish after 5 pm, and parking is free after 7 pm. Feel free to stop by and check out the rest of the museum before the reception.

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For something completely different, you may want to head to the Egyptian in Hollywood for sneak preview and tribute to artist Zdzislaw Beksinski. Parasomnia (Dreams of the Sleepwalker) is a “macabre twist on the Sleeping Beauty legend.” An art student Danny Sloan falls for an innocent and beautiful young woman with the sleep disorder Kleine-Levin Syndrome. In and out of reality, she encounters a mentalist and serial killer who “tries to bend her fragile mind to his will, using an array of hypnotic weaponry manifested through his unsuspecting hosts in the real world, as well as the dangerous, deadly creatures he commands on the dark imagined plane.” This film is also an homage to the late Polish Surrealist Zdzislaw Beksinski, which uses the artist's work as the inspiration for the dream world throughout the film. A panel discussion moderated by Richard Elfman (The Forbidden Zone on how art shapes and enriches the filmmaker’s vision, past and present, will precede the film, with director William Malone as well as legendary filmmakers Tobe Hooper, Mick Garris, Wes Craven and Stuart Gordon. (While the program begins at 7:30 pm tonight, the actual film will be screened until approximately 9 pm.)

Tonight in the OC, legendary Dick Dale shares experiences and insights from his life and career. “Guitar Center Sessions: An Evening of Dialogue and Music with guitar legend Dick Dale” begins tonight at 7 pm at the Guitar Center in Fountain Valley. He’ll specifically focus on the evolution of rock guitar and the secrets behind his technique. This event is free, but seating is limited.

There’s a sneak preview tonight at 7:30 of the film Personal Effects with Ashton Kutcher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kathy Bates at the Aero in Santa Monica. A young man looks to avenge the death of his sister only to be sidetracked by an older woman with a similar story. Through this commonality, a romance blooms. Ashton loves him the older woman, no? Pending confirmation, there may be appearances by director David Hollander and actors at the screening.

The Getty gets all pop culture on us: "Balancing Fact and Fiction: The Ancient World of HBO's Rome" starts tonight at 7:30 pm at the Getty Villa Auditorium. “Classical historian and documentary film maker Jonathan Stamp joins award-winning journalist, author, and commentator Patt Morrison to share his experiences as the series' historical consultant. Stamp reveals how he and the creators of Rome collaborated to create a program that realistically and honestly portrayed the Roman world with riveting storylines, impeccable production quality, and sizzling action that would engage and entertain modern television audiences.” Update: This event is sold out.