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Pencil This In: Film Finds at the Downtown Independent, Poetry at the Hammer and an Engagement Party

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Tonight in LA: Poetry from the heart of Boyle Heights at the Hammer; Downtown Independent launches its Film Finds series; King of the Blues competition at the House of Blues; The LA Urban Rangers set up camp at MoCA for an Engagement Party; and the 47th annual Cinecon classic Film Festival launches at the Egyptian. Read on for all the details.


Closing this Saturday at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City: Fernando Chamarelli 'Pandava' - acrylic on canvas - 35.5×23.5 inches (2011). (Image courtesy of the Gallery)
Libros Schmibros, the beloved Boyle Heights lending library and used bookstore, set up a pop-up location at the Hammer Museum this past weekend, which will be up through Oct. 9. The Hammer's holding related Libros Schmibros programming, and tonight it's Poetry from the heart of Boyle Heights: Kristy Lovich, Abel Salas and more at 5:30 pm. Free. Libros Schmibros at the Hammer is open tonight until 7 pm.

Downtown Independent begins its new Film Finds series tonight (and every first Thursday of the month). The films selected for screening eschew traditional distribution channels, i.e., these works are self-distributed and launching on DVD/VOD platforms soon. Doors at 7 pm, films at 8 pm and party with the filmmakers until 1 am. On the bill is Mars, an animated astronaut love story, by Geoff Marslett and starring Mark Duplass. The feature is preceded by an animated short: Field Notes from Dimension X: Oasis. Tickets: $12.

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The 47th annual Cinecon classic Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater opens today and runs through the Labor Day Weekend. The film festival pays tribute to the National Film Preservation Foundation with screenings of two recent NFPF funded projects: The Active Life of Dolly the Dailies- Episode 5, The Chinese Fan, produced by Thomas A. Edison, Inc. in 1914 and Stronger than Death, released in 1920 by Metro Pictures, starring legendary Russian actress Alla Nazimova.

Guitar Center’s fifth annual King of the Blues Grand Finale will be held tonight at the House of Blues tonight at 7 pm featuring a performance by Grammy Award-Winning Guitarist Warren Haynes. Five grand finalists are vying for winner’s prize package includes $25,000 in cash, gear, endorsements and studio time. 7 pm. Tickets: $15.

The LA Urban Rangers set up camp tonight at 7 pm at MoCA Grand Avenue Lodge tonight 7 pm for an overnight Critical Campout around a campfire. As part of MoCA’s Engagement Party series, there will be campfire activities like how to make an alternative temporary shelter, an Ask-a-Ranger station for all of your questions about downtown habitation options—from streets to loft condos— and a discussion about city ordinances shaping the habitat ecology. The museum will also screen the two prior Enagement Party events from the L.A. Urban Rangers. 7-10 pm.

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