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Pencil This In: John Baldessari at LACMA, Found Footage Festival

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LACMA photo by pink_fish13 via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr.

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The third installment of The Lucie Foundation's Pro'jekt LA Summer Series showcases curated photographs by Jessie Cowan. The exhibit will feature LA-based photographers (Emily Shur, Greg Watermann, Piper Ferguson, Aaron Farley and Dan Monick) projected against the night sky around the theme Sounding Still:Photography Capturing the Scenes and Faces of the Music World. The event also features live music performed by The Lost Libraries and Modern Memory. Starts at 7 pm in the courtyard of Space15Twenty. Free with RSVP to

Breadbar and Chef Nori of Ironori Concepts launched the “the hatchi series”; in June, with a guest chef event showcasing culinary treats the last Thursday of the month. Each series’ menu features eight small plate courses (six savory items and two desserts) priced at $8 per dish. Each guest must order a minimum of three dishes. Reservations are available from 6-10 pm tonight. Guest chef is Remi Lauvand with plates like Barramundi, Lady Peas, Watercress, Prosciutto, Basil Jus; Mini Tropézienne, Santa Barbara Pistachios and Chocolate Cracker; Slow Cooked Veal Breast, Carrottes Rissolées, Arugula; Penryn Orchard Pear, Crepe, Sofia Goat Cheese, Young Walnuts and more.

The Found Footage Festival is a traveling roadshow of filmed ephemera. Americana, really, when you think about it. These two guys began collecting VHS tapes in 1991: industrial films, commericals, training videos and whatever else they could get their hands on that smacked of cheese. They assembled the best of the worst to screen for friends and the concept just grew from there. Tonight and tomorrow, they'll bring their festival to M Bar on Vine for a few shows for a guaranteed odd and hilarious evening. Tickets are $15.

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Cinematheque108 Presents: Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars tonight at 7 pm at USC’s SCA 108, George Lucas Building. The screening also features a presentation by rock music critic Harvey Kubernik. The film, by rock music-documentarian D.A. Pennebaker, is a 1973 concert (released 10 years later) that “documents the hallucinogenic collage of kitsch, Warhol/Pop irony, and flamboyant excess that was the Bowie phenomenon: his trademark synthetic androgyny is a musical symbiosis of feminine passion and masculine dominance that define his funky, gender-bending art and, ultimately, the glam-rock genre as a whole.” Admission is free, but reservations are recommended.

The NewFilmmakers LA monthly screening series continues at Sunset Gower Studios tonight at 7:45 pm. On the schedule are: The Exhibition (Dir. Robert Macfarlane); Liminal (Dir. Stephen Keep Mills); Cuba 1961: A Love Story (Dir. Anthony Pombo); A Wonderful Life In Paris (Dir. Sungmi Park); Steps (Dir. Barney Cheng); and To Comfort You (Dir. Marc Saltarelli). The feature Dark Room Theater (Dir. Benjamin Pollack) begins at 9:15. Attendees have the opportunity to meet each of the directors, actors and participate in a Q&A. There’s a free open bar, too, included in the event ticket of $the entire evening. Admission to the event is only $6 and includes the screening ticket. Visit NewFilmmakers LAfor more information.

LACMA presents “The Director’s Series: Conversations with Michael Govan” with special guest John Baldessari tonight at 7:30 pm. They’ll talk about the artist’s collaborations with LACMA including his acclaimed design for the Magritte and Contemporary Art installation, LACMA’s new logo, the large-scale banners seen along Wilshire Boulevard, and next summer’s retrospective of his work. The event is free, but tickets are required.

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