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Pencil This In: Wayne White Documentary Discussion, Political Spin on Film, A 'Pete and Pete' Reunion and Slacker Week

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There are a number of great screenings and panel discussions happening around town tonight. Among them are: a Beauty is Embarrassing discussion with artist Wayne White and director Neil Berkeley; a Pete and Pete reunion; a free set by Redd Kross; and a documentary on off-camera political gaffes. Read on for all the details.

NerdMelt presents the just-added program Beauty is Embarrassing: An Evening with Wayne White, Neil Berkeley and Rob Schrab, tonight at 8 pm. White, an artist and illustrator, is best known for being a Pee-Wee’s Playhouse designer, and art directing videos such as "Tonight, Tonight" by the Smashing Pumpkins or Big Time by Peter Gabriel. He’s the subject of Beauty is Embarassing, a documentary by Neil Berkeley. The evening’s moderated by Rob Schrab, for a screening of clips from the film (which opens in LA on Sept. 7) and a discussion about art, work, life, comics and creativity. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Cinefamily closes out theEverything Is Festival 2012 with The Adventures of Pete And Pete Reunion and closing party at the Orpheum Theatre tonight at 8 pm. While it only lasted three seasons (1993-1996) on Nickelodeon, The Adventures of Pete and Pete left a lasting impression with a whole generation. Cinefamily has assembled a number of Wellsville residents as well as the series creators on stage tonight to screen clips and talk about the show. The band Polaris (with members from Miracle Legion!) reunites specifically for this event to play music from the show. A limited number of tickets remain and start at $20.

To celebrate and/or lament the upcoming presidential election, the Hammer Museum continues its screening of a series of political documentaries tonight with the documentary Spin by Brian Springer. The film uses unauthorized satellite footage to capture “alarming behind-the-scenes maneuverings of politicians and newscasters—who presume they’re off camera—during the 1992 presidential election.” 7:30 pm. Free.

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In advance of their FYF performance this weekend, Redd Kross plays a live, mini-set at Amoeba tonight. They’ll also sign their new album Researching The Blues after the performance. 6 pm.

It’s Slacker Week at the New Beverly, and the series continues tonight with a double feature of Pineapple Express, with James Franco and Seth Rogen playing such realistic stoners (how’d they research that?) at 7:30 pm, followed by Super Troopers at 9:40 pm.Tickets: $8.

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