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Pencil This In: Hip Hop J.A.M. at the Ford, HollyShorts Film Fest Continues

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Hip hop culture at the Ford tonight / Photo by kpe II via LAist's flickr pool.
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JAM
There’s a free Hip Hop Get Down J.A.M. session at the Ford Amphitheater tonight at 7 pm with artists from Culture Shock LA, Crewest Gallery, Aesthetics Crew and the Scratch DJ Academy who’ll demonstrate the four elements of hip hop: breakdancing, deejaying, emceeing and graffiti art. This is a fun event for all ages, and bring a picnic to enjoy on the Ford grounds beforehand.

COMEDY*
Actresses/comedians Mary Lynn Rajskub and Laura Kightlinger take to the Largo stage tonight at present their show “Equal Size” at 9 pm. We don’t know much more than that, so head out to Largo to find out.

FILM
The UCLA Film and Television archive present the W.C. Fields 1934 film It’s a Gift tonight at 7:30 pm. Directed by Norman Z. McLeod, this classic comedy stars Fields (who wrote the original story under the pen name Charles Bogle) as a hard-working store owner who faces daily frustrations and screeching reprisals from his wife, neighbors and customers. An inheritance lets him fulfill his dreams of purchasing a California orange grove, but more complications arise. He finds out things aren’t all that golden in the Golden State. The film screens at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum.

BOOKS
Joan Fry discusses and signs her memoir How to Cook a Tapir: A Memoir of Belize tonight at Vroman’s at 7 pm. In 1962, Fry was a college sophomore recently married to an anthropologist who naively consented to a year-long “working honeymoon” in British Honduras (now Belize). She finds out that her honeymoon turns out to be more Survivor than paradise. “Guided by the village women and children, Fry painstakingly baked and boiled her way up the food chain, and entered their world through friendships forged over an open fire, offering an insightful picture into this unique disappearing culture.”

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SHORT FILMS
The fifth annual HollyShorts Film Festival continues its competition in Hollywood through Aug. 13. The festival includes shorts in animation, live action, documentary, music video, student films, and webisodes, plus a variety of industry panels and demonstrations. There are often Q&A sessions following the screening blocks.

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