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

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Punk rock photography by Ruby Ray at La Luz de Jesus.

Punk rock photography by Ruby Ray at La Luz de Jesus.
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.

There’s an opening reception tonight from 8-11 pm for Ruby Ray’s exhibit First Wave Punk Photography at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. Ray, a photographer, artist and journalist, entered the SF punk rock underground in 1977. “Ruby became a member of seminal San Francisco punk culture magazine, Search & Destroy, documenting and fostering the emergent scene. When Ruby criss-crossed continents on a trip to London and Egypt, S&D's in-your-face music and culture inflammation went global. Ruby ran London-based Rough Trade Records' San Francisco store, and sheltered their traveling bands from England. In 1980, she co-founded with v.vale the more deeply focused alter-culture publication RE/Search magazine.”

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Dead authors time travel to the present and are brought together to discuss their lives and works tonight at 7 pm at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. It’s an interactive discussion so you can ask these dearly departed, yet-still-famous people questions. It’s moderated by H.G. Wells (channeled by Paul F. Tompkins). Tickets are only $5 and proceeds benefit 826LA--a nonprofit literary organization with locations in Venice and Echo Park.

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