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Pencil This In: Silent Film Classics, NewFilmmakers LA and Allee Willis on Stage

NewFilmmakers LA screening series is at Sunset Gower Studios tonight. (Production still: Pampeliška from the Czech Republic)
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There are so many good events happening tonight, we’re bummed that we can’t make it to all of these. For some reason, it’s a good night for film in LA, with a newly restored Ernst Lubitsch classic at the Egyptian, Chaplin's Modern Times at LACMA and NewFilmmakers LA’s monthly program at Sunset Gower. We’ve also found a great discussion on the state of journalism and a one-night only concert by Allee Willis. Read on for all the details.

Celebrate the American Cinematheque’s 30th birthday and the Egyptian Theatre’s 89th with cake at 6:30 pm, followed by an LA premiere of the restoration of a “lost” Ernst Lubitsch silent film The Loves of Pharaoh(1922).The film’s being presented with a live, 16-piece orchestra performing the original score. Though not as known as his romantic comedies (The Shop Around the Corner), the film rivals Metropolis as the “most ambitious German production of the silent era.” Cinematheque members are free; general public: $11.

The Library Foundation partners with Community Advocates to honor three broadcast journalists for their work: Larry Mantle, Warren Olney and Patt Morrison tonight at 7:30 pm at the Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium. There will also be a discussion with the honorees, moderated by Marc Cooper, professor at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication, on the topic: “Is There Still a Place for "Objective" Journalism—Or Is It An Anachronism?”

The Film Independent at LACMA Film Series continues its eclectic mix of programming tonight with a screening of the Charlie Chaplin classic Modern Times (1936). The film’s both a funny and poignant commentary on labor conditions during the Great Depression and still resonates today. The film will be preceded by the 1922 short Pay Day. Tickets: $10.

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NewFilmmakers LA holds its monthly screening series at Sunset Gower Studios tonight. The Short Film Program #1 screening begins at 6:30 pm, followed by Short Film Program #2 at 7:30 and a screening of the documentary Big Time at 9 pm. There are Q&A sessions, receptions and after-parties for each program where attendees can meet both filmmakers, crews and talent. Please visit NewFilmmakers LA for the full program. Tickets: $6 per program.

Legendary songwriter and pop culture/art/design guru/kitsch collector Allee Willis takes to the stage tonight (and only tonight) for the first live performance in 37 years. Allee Willis’ Soup to Nuts Party Mix is an evening of songs, stories and games. Though you might not recognize her name, you will remember her songs like "September," "Boogie Wonderland," "Neutron Dance," "What Have I Done To Deserve This" and the Friends theme song "I'll Be There For You. At the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. Tickets: $24.99 and $34.99.

*Pencil pick of the day

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