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Pencil This In: Animated Documentaries and Annie Hall

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The Los Angeles Film Forum and Cinefamily present an evening of Animated Documentaries tonight at 8 pm at the Silent Movie Theatre. “Rendering the Facts” While most people are only exposed to animation in terms of the latest Pixar smash or through Saturday morning cartoons, animation is being used to tell more stories, real stories and real experiences. There are nearly a dozen films on the “Rendering the Facts” program, which is part of the Cocoa series - and you guessed it - filmgoers get to sip hot cocoa while contemplating the burgeoning genre. Michael Renov, USC professor, will introduce the program and there will be a Q&A with Jen Sachs, director of "The Velvet Tigress," and others. Tickets are $12.

There’s a special reading of Voices from Chornobyl tonight at 8 pm at the Electric Company Theater in Valley Village. The play is an impressionistic weaving of monologues from those who witnessed the infamous 1986 nuclear disaster. There’s a $10 donation tonight that will go directly to the Chornobyl Children’s Fund.

Woody Allen is one of those directors that you either get or don’t. If you’re a fan, tonight’s your lucky night. The ArcLight Sherman Oaks is screening the director’s quintessential film Annie Hall, starring Allen and Diane Keaton. In the film, he’s a neurotic comedian who takes a look back at his relationship with the ditzy Annie Hall.

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The Monday Evening Concert Series continues tonight at 8 pm with the program “For Galina Ustvolskaya” at Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School. The Russian composer died in 2006, and this concert serves as a “tribute to her obsessive and haunting vision.” Conceived by pianist and conductor Marino Formenti, the music will include the harrowing “Composition No. 2” for piano, eight double basses and wooden box, and “Symphony No. 5,” a dramatic setting of “The Lord's Prayer.”

Got a lot of time on your hands these days? Or maybe you just want to beef up your mad skills? Art Center College of Design invites the public to sit in on several of its more than 150 courses offered in its popular continuing studies program, Art Center at Night. You can check out student presentations and critiques, and observe classes in graphic design, industrial design, illustration, photography, fine art and digital media. Visitors can enter a raffle to win a free Art Center at Night class. The open house is being held tonight through Wednesday from 7-9 pm each evening.

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