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Arts and Entertainment

Pencil This In: Short Industrial Films, Sake Tasting and Billy Bob Thornton

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FILM*

The Echo Park Film Center hosts film collector Russell Harnden for another screening of “Gems from the Archives” -- a series devoted to obscure, outdated, and orphaned films drawn from his personal collection of cartoons, educational films, industrial films and other footage. Tonight’s theme is sex, drugs, and Rock `n Roll lead to disaster. You’ve probably seen Reefer Madness, but have you seen titles like "Seduction Of The Innocent," "TAB Marketing Film" and "You And Your Family”? These are camp classics now, but were taken very seriously when they were made. Harnden will be in attendance at the screening, which begins at 8 pm. $5 admission. SAKE
The Little Tokyo Service Center’s annual fundraiser takes place tonight from 7-9:30 pm at the California Science Center. “The Mystery of Sake” will feature tastings of premium sake (no need to drop a shot in a beer!), hors d’oeuvre stations, a silent auction and private viewings of the “CSI: The Experience” exhibit at the Science Center. Tickets are $60 and will benefit Little Tokyo Service Center, a nonprofit housing developer and social services provider.

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MUSIC TALK
The GRAMMY Museum and Fender host The Boxmasters: A Musical Journey with J.D. Andrew (guitar), Billy Bob Thornton (singer/songwriter/drummer) and Mike Butler (guitar) at 7:30 pm tonight at the Grammy Museum. They’ll talk a little about their music and play a little, too, from their brand-new two-disc album, Modbilly, and engage in a Q&A session with guests. Doors open at 7 pm with a $10 suggested donation. We dare you to ask Billy Bob about his film career...

POLITICS
LA's Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa kicks off his "Keep LA Working" campaign, a series of discussions on City budget tonight at 5 pm with a West Valley town hall. The Mayor has proposed an extensive menu of options, to be considered by the City Council, City employees and union leadership, which would prevent the need for layoffs and maintain a high level of City services by reducing the cost of the existing City workforce by more than 10 percent. The options include unpaid holidays, and reforms to mileage reimbursement, health care coverage and overtime. Check out www.keeplaworking.com for details. He'll be speaking at the Providence Tarzana Medical Center Auditorium in Tarzana.

MORE FILM
Tonight at 7:30 pm, the Aero Theatre hosts the 25th anniversary screening of the C. Thomas Howell classic: Red Dawn. When the U.S.S.R. was America’s public enemy #1, this film examined what would happen if the Soviets invaded America, and how a group of high schoolers (including Howell, Patrick Swayze and Lea Thompson) would go all guerrilla warfare on ’em. There will be a discussion following with production designer Jack De Govia.

SLIDE SHOW
Family hosts an intimate slide show and discussion with designer/filmmaker/artist Mike Mills to launch his new retrospective book, Graphics Films at 7:30 pm tonight. The book is is “a painstakingly produced document of Mills' career to date, including many never-before-seen examples of his works in graphic design, installation, publications and film projects.” Past projects by Mills include music videos for Air ("Sexy Boy"), Blonde Redhead ("Top Ranking"), Yoko Ono ("Walking on Thin Ice") and Bran Van 3000 ("Afrodiziak") and album cover designs for the Beastie Boys (the Root Down EP), Sonic Youth (Washing Machine) and others.

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