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Pencil This In: 'Rock of Ages Returns,' Julia Holter at Amoeba, NFMLA Screenings and King Larry's Life
There's a little bit of everything to do tonight in LA: Music from Julia Holter at Amoeba, classical chamber music in Culver City, NewFilmmakers LA monthly screening series, Rock of Ages at the Pantages and a book reading and discussion on the bio of King Larry, co-founder of DHL and more. Read on for all the details.
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles holds its monthly screening series and after-party event tonight at the Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood. There are three separate shorts programs on tap tonight, at 6:30 pm, 8 pm and 9:30 pm. There are pre-and post-screening receptions as well as Q&A sessions with directors, crew and actors. Each program: $6 admission.
Rock of Ages returns to LA tonight for a one-week only run at the Pantages Theatre. It’s 1987 on the Sunset Strip, and a small-town girl meets a dreamer and they fall in love to a soundtrack provided by some of the best 80s bands ever: Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake and more. Performances are Tue-Fri at 8 pm, Saturday at 2 and 8 pm and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 pm. Tickets: $31.25 to $111.90.
Tonight at 7 pm, Vromans welcomes author James Scurlock who discusses and signs King Larry: The Life and Ruins of a Billionaire Genius. It’s a book about DHL co-founder Larry Hillblom who founded the company in 1969 (three years before FedEx). The company turned international shipping into big business, toppling postal monopolies. He eventually became an international pariah retreating to a small tax haven in the Western Pacific. “Eventually Hillblom’s amoral, thrill-seeking nature caught up to him when his seaplane disappeared off the coast of Anatahan, leaving behind an estate worth billions and an international fiasco that’s still unraveling today.”
Amoeba welcomes indie musician Julia Holter, whose second album, Ekstasis, is a collection of songs written and recorded during the span of three years in Los Angeles, California. Holter plays live and signs copies of her new album released earlier this month.
The LA-based based chamber music ensemble, Definiens, presents a concert of modern chamber music tonight at 8 pm at the Ivy Substation. This program features Pulitzer prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s piano trio Pale Yellow and Fiery Red, French composer Albert Roussel’s “Duo for bassoon and double bass” and Definiens own Jennifer Stevenson’s Distances for oboe and piano. Definiens will also present the world premiere of Ian Munro’s "UNstasis for oboe, bassoon, violin and cello." Tickets: $10.
*Pencil pick of the day