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Pencil This In: John Hughes Tribute, Engagement Party at MOCA

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Apocalypse Now? Nope, just another day in smoky LA. / Photo by Gamma Infinity via LAist's flickr pool.

Apocalypse Now? Nope, just another day in smoky LA. / Photo by Gamma Infinity via LAist's flickr pool.
Fig Restaurant in Santa Monica helps celebrate the Santa Monica Pier’s Centennial celebration next week with special menu items that are on a stick, on bread and in a basket. Specials include: Wagyu Corn Dogs ($9), Scotch Duck Egg ($7), Bratwurst on a Pretzel Roll ($9) and Blue Cheese Filled Buffalo Chicken ($9).

The art collective Slanguage holds the first event of their three-month Engagement Party residency tonight at MOCA. They’ll present films that respond, in part, to the museum's landmark 1992 exhibition Helter Skelter: LA Art in the 1990s. The works will be presented in a "multiplex" format that will allow for simultaneous screenings--and participatory discussions--of different films at various locations around the museum's Grand Avenue campus. The event will feature a fortune tellers; an interactive artwork, Artifice Orange, by Slanguage member, Arnold Vargas; and a participatory urban planning exercise, Slang-topia: Rethinking the City, which uses recycled materials to assist participants in creating an ideal urban form.

The New Beverly Cinema hosts a John Hughes Tribute night tonight with two 80s classics: 1986’s Pretty in Pink, with Molly RIngwald and Andrew McCarthy at 7:30 pm and Sixteen Candles with his muse Ringwald and Michael Anthony Hall. (Awesome soundtracks on both films...we still have “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” by The Smiths on a mixtape somewhere.)

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Daydream Republic, a gallery, studio and rehearsal space throws a party "Down the Rabbit Hole" tonight and tomorrow evening to celebrate the launch of their website. They’ll showcase LA's underground art along with handmade jewelry, clothes, candles and other goods. They’ll also have a cash bar that features $2 beer, $3 wine and $4 cocktails.

The five-day Cinecon 45 Classic Film Festival at the Egyptian gives us an excuse to stay indoors all weekend away from the choking smoky air. Starting today, the festival screens 30 rare silent and early sound features and short films that are rarely given public screenings. Tonight’s features include Trial Marriage (Columbia, 1929) and Playboy of Paris (Paramount, 1930).

There's a "Thought Processor" Group Show tonight at Munky King with a reception from 7-10 pm. The art show will feature a 200% Thought Processor paper toy and an original 2D piece from each artist. Artists include 14bolt, Aaron Kraten, Angry Woebots, Branded, Bob Motown, Chris Battle, Dave Chung, Enik, Erik Siador, Gordon Hammond, Chris Moreno, Jawa, Jim Mahfood, Martin Hsu, Matt Linares, Michael C. Hsiung, Plex, Robert Ryan Cory, Two Rabbits, Zoso and more. Music Provided by DJ Colby

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