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Pencil This In: Ray Harryhausen Tribute Screenings, a Female Icelandic Choir, a Puppet Fest, Werner Herzog in Person

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We sort through a lot of events and happenings around LA so you don’t have to. There’s a number of films events tonight, including a Ray Harryhausen double-feature; a screening of Aguirre, The Wrath of God with Werner Herzog in person; a puppet festival; author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in conversation; and music by the band Doris, Meg Myers and an all-female Icelandic chorale. Read on for all the details.

The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, along with the Visual Effects Society, presents a film series dedicated to the late stop-motion/special effects artist and pioneer Ray Haryyhausen through June 15. Up tonight is a double-feature: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), followed by its sequel The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973). Tickets: $11.

Cafe Fais Do Do welcomes composer and Björk touring percussionist Manu Delago and the female Icelandic Choir Graduale Nobili for a one-night only performance. The composer has collaborated with dozens of performers and groups throughout the world, including: Anoushka Shankar, Cinematic Orchestra's Stuart McCallum, Björk, The London Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Doors at 7, show at 8, $12+ service fee. The show is 18+.

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Tonight at 8 pm, the Arroyo Arts Collective opens Puppets Retake Northeast Los Angeles—a three-day festival of puppet shows at the Historic Highland Park Ebell Club. Co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, there will be marionettes, shadow puppets, hand puppets, puppet hula hoops, performing found objects and more, exploring trends in contemporary puppetry. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is recommended.

The American Cinematheque is on a roll tonight. Over at the Egyptian, there’s a screening of Aguirre, The Wrath of God tonight at 7:30 pm. The film is part of a tribute series to Roger Ebert’s favorite films. It marks the first Klaus Kinski/Werner Herzog cinematic collaborations with Kinski as Aguirre, a ”power-hungry lunatic” who leads a Spanish military expedition on the Amazon to find the lost city of gold: El Dorado. There’s a discussion with director Herzog after the film. $11.

Two music events tonight caught out attention. The band Doris, fronted by singer-songwriter-actor Paul Adelstein, with Zak Schaffer, Scott Seiver, Joe Kennedy and Tim Young play WitZend in Venice tonight at 8 pm. Together they “create acoustic guitar and Wurlitzer-driven rock songs packed with amazing three part vocal harmonies.” Adelstein sounds uncannily so much like Randy Newman. Tickets: $10. One item minimum. LA-based Meg Myers brings her darker music stylings to the Troubadour tonight. Dear Boy and My Pet opens. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $12

Tonight at 7 pm, ALOUD at the Central Library presents Americanah: A Novel. Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Half a Yellow Sun) discusses her new work with writer/editor Faith Adiele. Americanah is a story of “love and culture clash between two Nigerian friends across several decades and three different continents—keenly observing race, identity, and belonging in today’s globalized world.” Free, but reservations requested.

Opening today and running through the weekend is the Seventh Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival at the Writers Guild Theatre, featuring works from Greece and filmmakers of Greek descent worldwide. Also continuing through the weekend is the Dances with Films Festival, running at the Chinese Theaters in Hollywood.

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