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Pencil This In: Punk Rock Pix by Ruby Ray, Dead Authors and Alice in Wonderland

Punk rock photography by Ruby Ray at La Luz de Jesus.
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It's a weekend of Contemporary Japanese Cinema at USC. Many of today's Japanese filmmakers are overshadowed by celebrated auteurs including Ozu Yasujiro and Akira Kurosawa. In addition to screenings, the festival includes panel discussions and talks by filmmakers. The opening reception begins at 6 pm in front of Norris Cinema Theatre. At 7 pm, Baton by Ryuhei Kitamura (2009) will be shown, followed by Hana and Alice by Shunji Iwai (2004) at 8 pm. The evening closes with a 10 pm panel discussion with Shunji Iwai, Ryuhei Kitamura, Keisuke Kitano and Akira Mizuta Lippit. Click here for a full schedule.THEATER
The Getty Villa Theater Lab Series begins tonight, featuring works-in-progress of new translations of Greek and Roman plays as well as contemporary works inspired by ancient theater. Tonight at 8 pm, a new movement-theater version of Euripides’ Alkestis takes the stage. "The genre-defying play, in which Herakles wrestles Death for the soul of an ideal woman, is one of the playwright's strangest and most beautiful works." Tickets $7, but reservations are required for all performances. Free parking after 5.

The cast from Alice in Wonderland takes over Hollywood & Highland at 5 pm tonight. Director Tim Burton will be on hand with cast members including Mia Wasikowska (Alice), Anne Hathaway (White Queen), Helena Bonham Carter (Red Queen), Crispin Glover (Knave of Hearts), Matt Lucas (Tweedles) and others. Musical artists from the soundtrack will perform on stage as well. Don’t worry if you can’t make it, the event will be live streamed on Ustream and MySpace.