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Pencil This In: Tokyo! Opens at the Nuart, Calder Quartet Plays for Free

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Calder Quartet plays for free at the Colburn School. / Photo by Tyler Boye.

Calder Quartet plays for free at the Colburn School. / Photo by Tyler Boye.
See for yourself if the film(s) Tokyo! is worth the hype. It opens tonight in two SoCal Theatres: the Nuart and the Westpark 8. It’s a surreal triptych set in modern Tokyo with segments directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Léos Carax (The Lovers on the Bridge), and Bong Joon-ho (The Host). As a bonus, Gondry and Ayako Fujitani, the lead actress in Gondry's "Interior Design" film, will appear in person to introduce the 7:15 pm show at the Nuart.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, the Calder Quartet will be performing at The Colburn School's Zipper Hall -- for free. The concert is presented in conjunction with Microfest, the 2009 festival dedicated to microtonal music, and KPFK's John Schneider. Colburn faculty member Paul Coletti will be joining the quartet on viola. They'll perform Ben Johnston's groundbreaking microtonal Quartet #4 "Amazing Grace" along with Mozart's G minor quintet and Beethoven's Rasumovsky Op. 59 #1.

The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre marks its 50th anniversary of bringing African-American cultural expression and the American modern dance tradition to the world's stages. Tonight the dancers take to the Dorothy Chandler Paviliion with Sweet Honey In The Rock performing live onstage. There's a pre-performance lecture one hour before curtain with Matthew Rushing. The show begins at 7:30 pm with tickets between $25-$105. The performances continue through the weekend.

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TENOVER6 is hosting a sneak peek of their Private Label Fall 09, designed by Brady Cunningham and Kristen Lee, tonight from 7-9 pm. There’s going to be a special preview presentation and cocktail party.

Seattle-based modern dance company Dead Bird Movement brings its latest production "Thrashoholic" to the performance art space eighteen-thirty tonight at 9 pm. It’s a “duet between a dancer and a drummer that pushes the boundaries of endurance through the consecutive execution of 100 short contemporary dance solos. Dancer and drummer's styles follow a similar trajectory: Smith's movements range from precise adagios to thrashing outbursts, while Mitchell's drumming mixes metal beats with complex polyrhythms. This dynamic pair blends fierce rock sensibilities with meticulous technique. As the performers near exhaustion, "Thrashoholic" takes an unexpected twist when the piece is cast into the realm of experimental performance art with unpredictable and potentially messy results.” Tickets are $5 at the door.

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