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Pencil This In: Doug Benson Interrupts 'Mommie Dearest,' LA Shorts Fest Opens, KPCC Forum Talks Vanity Vinyl and Records

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There’s an abundance of great events happening in LA tonight, including: a free concert at the Santa Monica Pier with Gardens & Villa and Mr. Little Jeans; the opening of the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival; KPCC’s vinyl experience to the Crawford Family Forum; Doug Benson screens Mommie Dearest; celebrates its launch with a happy hour at the DTLA Standard. Read on for all the details:

Cinefamily presents a Benson Movie Interruption and a dessert potluck tonight starting at 7:30 pm. Doug Benson and his friends take up the front row couches with mics in hand and say whatever they want as the action unfolds onscreen. On the receiving end of the jokes tonight? Mommie Dearest, with Faye Dunaway as Ms. Joan Crawford. After the show, Benson and co-host Karen Anderson will be taping the next installment of "Dining With Doug And Karen" podcast. Bring your fav dessert that mommie used to make, which Doug and Karen can rate live on the podcast. Tickets - $14 (free for members).

It’s another night of indie music at the Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier. The bill tonight features the Santa Barbara-based Gardens & Villa and the Norweigan Mr Little Jeans, a.k.a. Monica Birkenes. KCRW DJ Anne Litt spins tunes between sets. 7 pm. Free.

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The Los Angeles International Short Film Festival (LA Shorts Fest) opens tonight and runs for the next week at the Laemmle Theatre in North Hollywood. Now it its 17th year, LA Shorts Fest screens 44 programs with 280 short films from 17 countries. Tonight’s opening night program, which begins at 7:15 pm includes “Across Grace Alley” directed by Ralph Macchio; “Eddie Adams: Saigon’ 68” directed by Douglas Sloan; and “Turn” directed by Stuart Gillies, among others.

Tonight at 7:30 pm at the Crawford Family Forum, KPCC presents the program Enjoy The Experience: Vanity vinyl and records of note. The book and listening event is a celebration of records and vanity vinyl featuring Enjoy the Experience co-editor Eothen Alapatt ("Egon"), record collector and former music exec Geoffrey Weiss and guest moderator Morgan Rhodes. They'll talk (and play) favorites from EE—the largest collection of private press vinyl ever amassed and presented—and about their own collections. Free, but reservations required.

The Melbourne, Australia-based five-piece band goodbyemotel are playing a couple of shows to promote their People EP. They’ve been compared to Death Cab and the early Kooks. They play Room 5 at 11 pm tonight and on Sept. 9 at 8 pm at the Silverlake Lounge. Tickets for tonight's show: $10.

It’s Etsy Meet & Make: Craft Night at CAFAM tonight from 7-9 pm. Mark Montano leads a T-shirt Redux workshop where he’ll show you how to remake and rehab old t-shirts, totebags or jeans that were headed for the big old hamper in the sky. Use stencils, silk screens and fabric paints to create new designs. There are project demonstrations at 7 and 7:30 pm. Don’t forget to check out the museum’s current exhibitions, too. Cost: $7 (free for members) and includes materials, drinks and snacks in the CAFAM Courtyard. RSVP preferred.

The new DTLA startup, which specializes in happy hour deals, is holding a launch party tonight from 6-9 pm with DTLA Rendezvous and SpiN Standard at The Standard in Downtown LA. The rounds of ping pong are on the house and there are specials like $4 PBR drafts and other $4-$7 drinks. RSVP here.

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