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Pencil This In: Echo Park Filmmobile Screening, Found Footage Fest, Wine Tasting and Free Music

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TGIF! We found a few great events happening around town tonight. Check out Mack Sennett's silent films in Echo Park, the wackiness of the Found Footage Festival, free music at LACMA and Grand Performances, wine tasting at the Petersen Museum, new dance works and more. Read on for all the details.

The Echo Park Film Center’s screening vehicle—the Filmmobile—presents an evening of Mack Sennett’s silent films featuring Gloria Swanson, Mabel Normand, Carole Lombard and other bathing beauties. Special guests tonight include Karie Bible of Film Radar and live musical accompaniment by Casey Anderson and Scott Cazan. Location: At the corner of Court Street and Douglas Street (90026) by the Echo Park Indoor Pool. Free with free popcorn to boot!

Swap/Meet is a new program of dance works opening at the Bootleg tonight. Sharing the stage are Bay Area artists Abby Crain and Margit Galanter, along with LA-based dance artist Meg Wolfe. The Swap/Meet will be presented tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

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The Found Footage Festival, which pays homage to unintentionally bad videos, late night TV, infomercials and industrial videos, comes to LA for one night only at Largo tonight at 8 pm. New clips found in LA include "How to Massage Your Pet Opossum” and a creepy dance cable access show by Frank Pacholski. Tickets: $25.

Bottlenotes presents a tasting of more than 80 wines from around the world tonight from 8-10 pm at the Petersen Automotive Museum. The wines will be accompanied by artisanal cheese from iGourmet, charcuterie from Cremenelli, Vosges chocolates and noshes. General admission: $75, VIP $125 (which gets you in an hour early to start sipping away at select wines not available to regular ticket holders. A portion of the proceeds is earmarked for the St. Vincent Meals on Wheels program.

Grand Performances at California Plaza presents a free concert tonight at 8 pm with Brownout and El Gavachillo y Su Banda Lluvia de Estrellas. Brownout, an eight piece band with guitars, horns and Latin percussion, creates music that echos 70s Afro-Latin funk, and El Gavachillo y Su Banda Lluvia de Estrellas, is a side project of Ozomatli bassist Wil-Dog Abers. He brings together banda and norteo music with nothing but horns and drums. Free.


*Pencil pick of the dayWant more events? Follow me on Twitter (@christineziemba). Or follow Lauren Lloyd—who takes care of Pencil on Wednesdays (@LadyyyLloyd).