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Pencil This In: Celebrating 4/20, Spring at StorySLAM and Photography

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Photo by Lord Jim via LAist's flickr pool.


Photo by Lord Jim via LAist's flickr pool.
POT
Ok, let's talk about the elephant in the room. There are a number of pot-related events to celebrate 4/20. Yesterday, we told you about a screening of Reefer Madness at the Vine, but there are so many other ways to celebrate.The ArcLight Sherman Oaks is showing both a Cheech & Chong movie (Hey, Watch This) and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The production Pot! The Musical takes the stage at The Electric Lodge tonight at 8 pm. The Art Theatre of Long Beach hosts a fundraiser screening of Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke to benefit The District Weekly freelance writers.

PHOTOGRAPHY
***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED BECAUSE OF RAIN***The Month of Photography Los Angeles holds its next event tonight at Space 15Twenty from 7-10 pm. Pro'jekt LA Part 4: presents Ad Nauseum: Uncommercializing the Commercial featuring the projected work of Comrade, Eva Kolenko, Hugh Kretschmer, Adam Levey, Steven Lippman, Anthony Redpath, Zachary Scott, Morgan Silk and Jamey Stillings. It's a free event with RSVP: projektla4@monthofphotography.com.
 
SCREENING*
Avant-Game is an evening of free screenings of video game-based experimental shorts being presented tonight by UCLA Melnitz Movies, Los Angeles Filmforum and UCLA's Ludus (student gaming organization). The films consist of video game-based experimental shorts, appropriating "content from a game such as Grand Theft Auto, World of Warcraft, or Tomb Raider and re-contextualizes it, commenting on issues of gender or militarism, identity or representation." The program begins at 7:30 pm in The James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall at UCLA. Free tickets are available at the Melnitz box office at 6:30 pm.

TALK
Got a story to tell about “Spring”? Well, you have an audience and an outlet tonight at El Cid tonight for the monthly Eastsider edition of the MOTH StorySlam. 10 people are selected to tell -- not read -- their stories (limited to five minutes). Stories will be judged and a winner will be crowned. Doors at 6 pm with stories at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $7 at the door.

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FILM FESTIVAL
The 8th edition of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) starts today and runs through April 25 at the ArcLight Hollywood. IFFLA is a nonprofit organization that promotes Indian cinema and culture. There's an opening gala tonight ($100 a ticket) that features the screening of Cooking with Stella.

PERFORMANCE

Tuesday Night Project presents The Tuesday Night Cafetonight at 7:30 pm at Senor Fish (who'll offer Happy Hour specials.) The evening features a free mix of public arts and music. It's hosted by Johneric Concordia
 with resident DJ SpiWRIT. Performers include: Scott Tang, Esna Yoon
, Jenny Yang
, Edren Sumagaysay
, Durwood, The Fighting Cocks and live painting by Yumi Sakugawa. There's also an open mic session, with signups starting at 6:45 pm. It's held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month until the fall. Can't make it? A live broadcast begins at 7:30 pm.

*Pencil pick of the day

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