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Pencil This In: Feel Good Films, Mariachi Mashups and Dance Downtown

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Tonight in LA: The Feel Good Film Festival takes over Raleigh Studios this weekend. The films on the program have happy endings or positive messages. Grand Performances hosts mariachi bands who do pop-rock covers, and it's 60s night at Dance Downtown at the Music Center. Read on for all the details.


Current group show atLa Luz de Jesus Gallery features the work of Lou Beach. (Image courtesy of La Luz de Jesus)
The Feel Good Festival (FGFF) begins tonight at Raleigh Studios for a three-day run of indie short and feature films. The festival highlights films that have “happy endings, laughter and capture the beauty of the world.” (Kinda like Prozac for the big screen). Films screening tonight include the world premiere of the feature The Italian Key and the two shorts The Girl and The Fox and Bring Me Sunshine. Tickets for tonight’s opening events and screening are $20.

Tonight at 7 pm, author Hunter Drohojowska-Philp discusses and signs her book Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960's. The book examines how and why the LA culture of the 60s "spawned countless innovations, including Andy Warhol's first exhibition, Marcel Duchamp's first retrospective, Frank Gehry's mind-bending architecture, Rudi Gernreich's topless bathing suit... In the 1960s, Los Angeles was the epicenter of cool.”

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Grant Performances at California Plaza welcomes Mariachi Rock-O and Mariachi Mystery Tour tonight at 8 pm. These genre-blending bands play music that mixes pop, rock and traditional mariachi music. (Guess which band the Mariachi Mystery Tour covers?) Free.

Bring your dance shoes: Dance Downtown presents 60s Night on the Music Center Plaza tonight from 6:30-10 pm. It’s a 60s dance party with music and beginner dance lessons given periodically throughout the evening.

The Eels end their world tour tonight at the El Rey; Bob Schneider is at the Troubadour; The Decemberists are at the Greek Theatre and there’s a special tribute concert to political activist and jazz musician Ralph McKnight, who died last month. Billy Mitchell performs tonight in tribute to his friend at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Memorial Park in Pasadena. 6 pm reception and the concert begins at 8.

*Pencil pick of the day

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