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Pencil This In: A Magic Bus Ride and Music on a School Night

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We found a few events for you to check out tonight in LA. It's a School Night takes over Bardot with free live music and DJ sets throughout the night. Old silent films screen at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills. Ken Kesey's Magic Bus ride screens at Space15Twenty for free and more. Read on for the details.


Magic Trip is a documentary of Ken Kesey and the Merry Prankster’s fabled road trip across America in the legendary Magic Bus. It screens tonight at Space15Twenty. (Image: Jigsaw Productions)
It’s a School Night at Bardot in Hollywood features live sets by Pollyn (10:15 pm) and Caught a Ghost at 11:45. DJ sets by Chris Douridas and Chairlift. Free with RSVP.

Book Soup hosts journalist Ned Zeman who discusses and signs his memoirThe Rules of the Tunnel: A Brief Period of Madness tonight at 7 pm. He documents his struggle with clinical depression in this “high- octane, brutally funny memoir about mood disorders, memory, shock treatment therapy and the quest to get back to normal.”

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences finishes its Summer of Silents series with a screening of John Ford’s Four Sons (1928) about four brothers in WWI. It’s one of the few Ford silent films that still exists. The film is preceded by Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in the short film Two Tars (1928) and a fragment from the 1928 lost film The Case of Lena Smith, directed by Josef von Sternberg, courtesy of the Austrian Film Museum, Vienna. Screening begins at 7 pm at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy in Beverly Hills. Tickets: $5.

Amoeba's Monday Movies @ Space15Twenty presents Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search For A Kool Place tonight at 8 pm. In 1964, author Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) and the Merry Band of Pranksters made an LSD-fueled cross country road trip to New York World's Fair. They tried to make a documentary about the trip (pun intended) but never finished. The footage has remained largely unseen until now. See the film before it opens at the Nuart on Aug. 12.

*Pencil pick of the day

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