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Pencil This In: Valentine's Day Magic, Movies, Masked Wrestlers and The Moth

Screening of queer, experimental filmmakers at the Hammer tonight. (Still from: Michael Robinson's 'These Hammers Don’t Hurt Us,' 2010, courtesy of the Hammer)
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It's Valentine's Day, and we found a number of eclectic events going on around town tonight that you can do with or without a date. Love Hurts is the theme for The Moth storytellers; the silent film Sunrise screens at the Cinefamily; queer cinema takes over the Hammer; and Lucha VaVoom is at the Mayan. And, there's more: Read on for all the details.

How about adding a little bit of a Magic Meltdown to your Valentine’s Day? Magician Justin Willman hosts a variety show at Nerdmelt at Meltdown Comics tonight at 8 pm. The show features magicians, comedians and a few bizarre surprises. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

HM157, the arts and music venue in Lincoln Heights, is holding a vegan Valentine’s Day Dinner tonight at 7:30 pm. It’s a special edition of HM157's weekly gourmet, locally-sourced, mostly organic vegan 3-course meal and dessert that includes aphrodisiacs including chocolate, chilies, avocados, honey, and more. Violinist Ysanne Spevack performs throughout the evening. RSVP for the dinner. Donation: $15. BYOB.

The Cinefamily screens F.W. Murnau’s classic 1927 melodrama Sunrise tonight at 7:30 pm. The silent film tells the story of a farmer who falls under the spell of a city Jezebel who convinces him to run off with her, but only after he kills his wife. “Murnau used his expert German Expressionist techniques to craft a fairytale ride through the tortured mental landscape of a man caught between devotion and seduction, making Sunrise (widely regarded as one of the best films ever made) the most vibrant of all his Hollywood productions.” $14. Btw, The 10:30 show of Cinefamily’s Most Outrageous F*cks is now sold out, but there’s an encore scheduled for Feb. 24.

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The Moth storytelling takes over Busby’s East tonight at 7:30 pm. Tonight’s theme is Love Hurts—so storytellers are asked to prepare a five-minute story about love hitting a sour note; getting kicked to the curb or love that “hurts so good.” No reading from notes and no stand-up routines, please. Sign up at 7 pm. Admission is $8 at the door. Venue is 21+. Organizers advise getting to the venue an hour ahead of time to get in (unless you buy $16 pre-sale tickets).

The Hammer Museum presents Dirty Looks: Long Distance Love Affairs tonight at 8pm. Dirty Looks is a New York-based roaming screening series and salon that brings together East Coast and L.A. queer experimental filmmakers of yesterday and today. “Expect obsession, permuted notions of sex, and violent whimsy. Curated by Darin Klein and Bradford Nordeen, and featuring work by Cecilia Dougherty, Deanna Erdmann, Rhys Ernst, Glen Fogel, Mariah Garnett, Jonesy, Dani Leventhal, Charles Ludlam, Narcissister, Luther Price, and Michael Robinson.” There’s a post-screening panel with Erdmann, Ernst, Garnett, Jonesy, and Narcissister. Free.

Lucha VaVoom—the Mexican masked wrestling/burlesque/comedy performance show—begins a three-night stand at the Mayan Theater tonight. With the theme Lucha is for Lovers, this week’s installment features Lucha Libre matches, burlesque and striptease acts (which include aerial acts, pogo-stick peelers and hula-hoop hotties). Tonight’s show includes a brief marriage ceremony, too. Tickets are going fast: $35-$65.

*Pencil pick of the day

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