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Pencil This In: Israeli Film, Rock & Rhythm, Talking About Sudan, IdeaMensch LA

From the film "Alila"
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See Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai's Alila on screen at the Skirball tonight. Considered one of Israel's leading filmmakers, Gitai is also "one of its staunchest social critics." Often compared to Robert Altman’s work, Alila follows the intersecting lives of the residents of a run-down apartment building in Tel Aviv—from a couple having an affair, to a husband who relentlessly pursues his divorced wife, to their son who refuses to serve in the army, to their neighbor the corrupt policewoman. Created in forty single-shot scenes, this film creates a sense of continuity between these interlocking character studies and presents a colorful portrait of contemporary Israel. (2003, 122 min. No MPAA rating. In Hebrew with English subtitles.) 8:00 p.m. $6 General; $5 Skirball Members and Full-Time StudentsMUSIC
Tonight is the debut of the Rock & Rhythm Revue at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood featuring musical directors Jimmy Vivino, and Kat Dyson of The CONAN Show. This monthly evening will feature resident players and special guest artists from all genres united by the diversity of their musical styles. An evening by musicians and for musicians and their friends will feature improvisational grooves in a low-key, comfortable setting. Plus, good grub and a decent selection of beers on tap. Doors open 9:00PM; Show begins 9:30PM. Admission is FREE; Guests must RSVP with the number in their party to

"Sudan: The Next Killing Fields" is the subject tonight at the Hammer Museum in Westwood. They explain: As a new nation is formed from the division of Sudan, Africa’s largest country, will the oil-rich South and the diminished North resume hostilities or coexist peacefully? Scholars Amal Hassan Fadlalla, Lako Tongun, and Sondra Hale join us to assess the future of Southern Sudan. Professor of African Studies and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, Fadlalla is currently working on health and development issues in her native Sudan. Hale is professor of Anthropology at UCLA and has studied Sudan for the last five decades. Tongun is a professor of International and Intercultural Studies and Political Studies at Pitzer College. 7pm

IdeaMensch LA showcases some of Los Angeles’ most passionate people who have successfully brought their ideas to life. With a focus on being "inspirational, informative and super awesome," the event will include six 10-minute presentations from successful business folks, tech entrepreneurs, writers and creatives. IdeaMensch LA takes place in Culver City beginning at 6 p.m.