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Pencil This In: Bhangra, Bollywood J.A.M. Session, 'Songs in the Key of L.A.' Opens and the 'Persistence of Vision' Screens

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Here’s a quick list of the happenings in LA tonight to help shake off a case of the Mondays. The archival sheet music exhibition Songs in the Key of L.A. opens; Bollywood and Bhangra lessons at the Ford’s J.A.M. session; a doc on a little-known piece of animation history screens at Cinefamily; theater artists talk about sound; and of course, there’s music for a School Night at Bardot. Read on for all the details.

Today, the Library Foundation and the LA Public Library unveil the new exhibition, Songs in the Key of L.A., located on the first floor of the Central Library in DTLA. For more than a year, USC Professor Josh Kun, director of The Popular Music Project at USC Annenberg’s Norman Lear Center, and a group of his students, worked with librarians to mine the LAPL’s roughly 50,000-piece sheet music collection. The exhibition frames California history through sheet music’s heydey (circa 1850 through the 1950s), covering genres from pop, jazz, Mexican folk to blues and more. J.A.M. SESSION*
The Ford Amphitheatre hosts a free J.A.M. Session—music and movement—for all ages tonight at 7 pm. Learn a little Bhangra and Bollywood styles from the Blue13 Dance Company. Free, but reservations recommended.

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Tonight from 7-9 pm, LA Stage Alliance and the Geffen Playhouse present the program What am I hearing? The Aural Life of the Theatre. Many sound artists—composers, music directors, arrangers, sound designers, sound engineers—develop a production’s aural experience. Learn from Darryl Archibald, John Ballinger and Drew Dalzell on what it is they do...and how they do it. The conversation will be moderated by Terence McFarland, CEO of LA STAGE Alliance. Free, but reservations required.

Screening tonight at 7:45 at Cinefamily is Persistence of Vision, a documentary/tribute to animator Richard Williams (Who Framed Roger Rabbit). Williams spent nearly three decades of his life working on his magnum opus The Thief And The Cobbler, which he began in the 1960s. As it was nearing completion, the project was taken from him only to be “re-cut, re-voiced and re-drawn, the final product is a shadow of what ‘could have been.’” Director Kevin Schreck sheds light on this little-known saga of animation history and of a great film that never hit the screen. Tickets: $12.

It’s a School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. On tap tonight are live performances by the Jamestown Revival, Davis Fetter, Dear Boy and U.G.L.Y. and DJ sets by Vindata and DJ Pelau. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

*Pencil pick of the day

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