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Pencil This In: Downtown Art Walk, 'So Bad They're Brilliant' Films

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It's time for the August Downtown Artwalk. Photo by R. E. ~ via LAist’s flickr pool.

It's time for the August Downtown Artwalk. Photo by R. E. ~ via LAist’s flickr pool.

Laurie Sandell presents and signs her graphic novel The Impostor's Daughter: A True Memoir tonight at 7 pm at Book Soup. It’s a true story of a woman who loves and fears her larger-than-life father. But she discovers that her Dad isn’t the man he claimed to be and three decades of his lies unfold.ART WALK
Tonight’s also the monthly Downtown Art Walk -- a self-guided tour of the area’s art galleries, museums and nonprofit arts venues, including FIDM, Crewest, Federal Art Project, Gary Leonard Take My Picture and many more. It’s happening right now and lasts until 9 pm tonight. Sign up for one of the walking tours tonight with Crimebo The Clown and Richard Schave from Esotouric or Boris Mayzels, a Downtown Chiropractor. There’s a free shuttle, too, for people who don’t actually want to walk the Artwalk.

American Cinematheque goes low lowbrow this week (today through Aug. 19) with the new series: “So Bad They’re Brilliant” ... and we can’t wait. Tonight’s double feature starts at 7:30 pm at the Egyptian with Kitten with a Whip (1964) starring Ann-Margaret who holds rising politician and married suburbanite John Forsythe (Dynasty) captive in his home--often to unintentionally hilarious results. That’s followed by the 1983 Pia Zadora hit The Lonely Lady, where Zadora plays a struggling screenwriter who allows herself to endure abuse in hopes of getting her screenplay produced. There’ll be an introduction by film critic Alonso Duralde and Stephen Rebello (Playboy) author of Bad Movies We Love.

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Is summer really almost over? Tonight’s the last performance of this year's Skirball Sunset Concert series. Omar Faruk Tekbilek takes to the stage tonight with his Eastern Mediterranean compositions that combine prayer and music. According to the Skirball, “Tekbilek has a deep connection with his Sufi faith, which is embodied in his mystical and folkloric tunes.” The concert starts at 8 pm and the museum’s open late, too. Free.

Chrysalis, the nonprofit organization that helps economically disadvantage and homeless people change their lives through jobs, is holding a party on the rooftop of 1010 Wilshirefrom 6 to 9 pm tonight. Park in the structure located across the street at 637 St. Paul St. Tickets are $55 at door and gets attendees an open bar, appetizers and parking.

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