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Pencil This In: Clash of the Music Collectives, Bunel's Freudian Films and a Journalist's Take on the Bell Scandal

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The Sharpie Show opens at Crewest Gallery on Saturday. | This is Amish Rave Central (Quilted Paper) by Chad Kouri.


The Sharpie Show opens at Crewest Gallery on Saturday. | This is Amish Rave Central (Quilted Paper) by Chad Kouri.
CULTURE CLASH
Red Bull Music Academy’s Culture Clash debuts at Exchange LA tonight. It’s a battle of music collectives, pitting Dim Mak, Dub Club, Smog and Stones Throw against each other. Be prepared for rounds of electro, roots reggae, future beats and vintage funk, soul and hip hop from four separate stages. 8 pm. Tickets: $10. 21+.SURREALIST FILM*
There’s a cool film program at the Echo Park Film Center tonight at 8 pm. Surrealism and the Subconscious: Two films by Luis Bunuel explores the director’s fascination with the Freudian subconscious. On the bill is the 1929 avant-garde short Un Chien Andalou (made with Salvador Dali), followed by 1967’s Belle de Jour with Catherine Deneuve. $5 donation at the door. BYOB and snacks.

SEX, DEATH AND SCIENCE
The Natural History Museum holds the program Sex, Death and Evolution tonight at 6 pm in the museum’s Times Mirror Room. Australian paleontologist John A. Long is the recently appointed vice president of research and collections at NHM and has extensively researched the early evolution of fish and dinosaurs. Free.

ROSE PARTY
Pasadena Magazine kicks off the Rose Bowl festivities early with a December Hot Off the Press Party tonight. At the Macy’s on Lake, guests will enjoy a live fashion show by Eileen Fisher, starring the Rose Queen, her court, and their families. Light cocktails and appetizers will also be provided. Cocktails at 6 pm, fashion show at 7 pm. RSVP required.

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SING-OFF
The Paley Center celebrates the season premiere of The Sing Off with a screening of the show, a panel discussion with host Nick Lachey, judge Shawn Stockman and Johnny Figueroa of Nota, Season One winners. There’s a special holiday performance by current LA contestants Backbeat. 7 pm. Free for Paley Center members, but reservations are required. A limited number of $10 nonmember tickets are available for this event. Please call 310.786.1036 for information.

LEARN ABOUT BELL
The LA Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is holding a mixer at the Redwood Bar tonight with LA Times reporter Jeff Gottleib, who’ll discuss the sordid details of The Story Behind the Story: Bell City Scandal. The mixer begins at 6:30 pm, but no harm in getting there early because happy hour at the Redwood ends at 7 pm. RSVP to: spjlosangeles@gmail.com.

*Pencil pick of the day

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