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Pencil This In: LA Shorts Festival Closes, Concerts with Jimmy Cliff, Body/Head and 'The Jungle Book' on the Big Screen

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There’s an abundance of great events happening in LA tonight, including: the last summer concert at the SaMo Pier with reggae great Jimmy Cliff; the closing night screening and awards ceremony of the LA Shorts Festival; greeting card workshops at CAFAM; Body/Head (Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and Bill Nace) perform new music at the Echo; Machine Project holds a DVD release party in DTLA; The Jungle Book hits the big screen for one night only; a young adult author panel at Skylight Books; and a conversation with Eli and Edith Broad. Read on for all the details.

ANIMATED FILM
Screening for one night only at the El Capitan Theatre is The Jungle Book(1967)—the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Based on the Rudyard Kipling novel, the story follows the adventures of a feral child Mowgli. This was Walt Disney’s last animated feature Originally released on October 18, 1967, The Jungle Book is the story about the feral child Mowgli from the book of the same name by Rudyard Kipling. Tickets: $10 each, and include a 46 oz. popcorn and 16 oz. fountain drink. Trivia games and prizes tonight, too.

DVD RELEASE PARTY*
Tonight at 8:30 pm, Machine Project takes over the Downtown Independent for the Machine Project DVD release screening. The art collective screens selections from its new DVD that features some of its fav performances from 2010-12, which may include “pizza, babies, psychics, trapdoors, an opera for dogs, plants on vacation, amplified tea kettles, some interesting new directions in drag makeup, and simultaneous aerobics and butter making.” There will be live performances and surprises, too. Tickets: $10 with a purchase of a DVD / free without. (Give yourself extra time for parking tonight because it’s also the monthly Downtown Art Walk.)

FILM
The American Cinematheque and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the film series Satyajit Ray Restored—a screening of 19 of the renowned Indian director's films in 35mm at the Aero Theatre. "Ray wrote all the screenplays of his films, many of which were based on his own stories. He designed the sets and costumes and operated the camera beginning with Charulata (1964). He composed the music for all his films starting in 1962 and designed the publicity posters for his new releases." The Aero's double feature tonight begins with Charulata at 7:30 pm, followed by The Music Room. Tickets: $11.

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MUSIC
It’s the final night of theTwilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier. On the bill is reggae great Jimmy Cliff with supporting acts The Delirians and Ethan Tucker, all busting out the jams at 7 pm. Free.

SHORT FILM
The Los angeles International Short Film Festival (LA Shorts Fest) concludes tonight at the Laemmle NoHo7 with an awards ceremony and special screening of select award-winning films from the festival at 10 pm. It’s followed by a reception at approximately 11:30 at Pitfire Artisan Pizza across the street. Tickets: $30.

CARD CRAFTING
CAFAM is holding a series of workshops—It's the Thought that Counts: Card Making Series—the next three Thursdays on greeting card crafting with Samantha Squalls. Tonight’s workshop from 7-9:30 pm focuses on birthday cards with marbled backgrounds. Learn design techniques and use new embellishments with the new creations. Each workshop is $25/$20 CAFAM members. If you sign up for all three, save a little cash money ($60/$45 CAFAM members). Advanced registration required.

MUSIC
Body/Head (the electric guitar duo of Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and Bill Nace) play The Echo tonight in support of the debut LP, Coming Apart, which was released on Tuesday. Also on the bill are White Magic and Bad News. This show is 18+. Tickets: $13-15. 8:30 pm.

YA LIT
Tonight at 7:30 pm, Skylight Books hosts the discussionKeeping It Real: A YA Panelfeaturing (OCD Love Story), Maurene Goo (Since You Asked), Stephanie Kuehn (Charm & Strange), Amy Spalding (The Reece Malcolm List) and Aaron Hartzler (Rapture Practice). The authors talk about writing young adult novels without dystopian futures or paranormal romance—just real-life issues.

ART TALK
The ALOUD series at the Central Library and The Broad present the programThe Un-Private Collection: A New Museum for Los Angeles tonight at 7:15 pm. The evening will feature art collectors and philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad with The Broad founding director Joanne Heyler in conversation with Inge Reist, director of The Frick Collection’s Center for the History of Collecting. The Broads will discuss their contemporary art collection and establishing a public art museum. Free, but reservations recommended.

*Pencil pick of the day

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