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Pencil This In: The Moth at El Cid, Tuesday Night Cafe in Little Tokyo, Grassroots Media Literacy Program at Temescal Gateway Park

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An image from Brent Green's Gravity was Everywhere Back Then.

An image from Brent Green's Gravity was Everywhere Back Then.
TheChautauqua Series at Temescal Gateway Park welcomes Paolo Davanzo, filmmaker, educator and founder of the Echo Park Film Center, for the program Grassroots Media Literacy and L.A.'s Neighborhood Youth. He’ll discuss the power of film media to create social change. The film center has worked closely with the community and neighborhood youth to foster cinematic activism. The 1.5-hour program meets at Woodland Hall. 7:30 pm. Free.

The Hammer Museum welcomes experimental filmmaker Brent Green for the screening of his first feature-length film Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then. Although he usually creates short analog animation, this film was created on a large-scale set with actors instead of drawings, following the true story of a man obsessed with curing his wife’s terminal illness. Tonight, the film will be accompanied with live narrations and soundtracking. Green narrates the film live onstage accompanied by Brendan Canty (Fugazi) on drums, John Swartz (cello) and Donna K (lead actress in the film) providing foley and percussion. The film starts at 8 pm, but come early and enjoy a drink at the cash bar from 7-8 pm. Free.

Tuesday Night Cafe is a hodgepodge of art, music and literature and happens each first and third Tuesdays of the month in Downtown LA. The shows are held at 120 Judge John Aiso in Little Tokyo (an outdoor courtyard next to the Little Tokyo Cafe) from 7-9:30 pm. Hosted by Johneric Concordia, the evening features performances by Naazneen Diwan, Ching-in, Ami Patel, Tasneem and Shoshana. DJ WaxStyles spins tunes with Jenny Yoo doing live painting.

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The Moth LA holds its monthly Eastside edition tonight at El Cid. With the theme “scars,” storytellers are asked to prepare a five-minute story. Reading from notes is not allowed. Hosted by Brian Finklestein, doors open at 6 pm and stories begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 at the door.

LA Times writer Mary McNamara presents and signs The Starlet: A Novel at Book Soup tonight at 7 pm. Juliette Greyson, head of public relations at an exclusive LA hotel, is on a much-needed holiday in Italy. Her PR instincts kick in when she sees a drugged up young starlet “about to emerge drunk, high, and naked from a public fountain” in front of a bunch of photographers. Her vacation is turned topsy-turvy when drama--and murder--follows the actress around.

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