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Pencil This In: Found Films, Venice Art Crawl, Video Installations at Eichler Homes, Aimee Bender and Lost Moon Radio

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We hate nights like tonight. There are just too many happenings around town that we can’t possibly get to...but you can. So here’s our not-so-short list: There’s an abundance of films, from found films to a film fest in Hollywood to movies about EDM’s female DJs and another the power of education. Venice is having an art crawl, Lost Moon Radio performs, Kevin Pollack records his latest podcast Talkin’ Walkin, Aimee Bender reads from her latest collection and video projections at Eichler's Balboa Highland Tract tonight and so much on for the rest of our picks and all the details.

Tonight at 8 pm, the Echo Park Film Center presents the program Gems from the Archivewith film collector Russell Harnden. The series screens obscure and outdated films that are from Harnden’s personal collection of cartoons, educational and industrial films. On the program tonight are films including The Boss Comes to Dinner, V.D. Attack Plan and the forklift safety classic, The Color of Danger. Based on those titles alone, we’re guessing that EPFC guests are in for a treat. Suggested donation: $5.

Tonight’s the night for the Venice Art Crawl from 6-10 pm. Pick up VAC maps at Danny's, 23 Windward Avenue, Hama Sushi, 213 Windward Ave. or The Terrace, 7 Washington Blvd., for the complete listing of the events and pop-up locations. There’s also a Red Bull-sponsored shuttle to several stops along the route, if you get tired. The official VAC map contains a list of the evening's events and locations. Highlights tonight include an exhibition of Gary Baseman’s work at Shulamit Gallery and performances by Venice Symphony Orchestra on Main Street throughout the night.

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Me You and Five Bucks Trailer from Shahrooz Nateghi on Vimeo.

TheIndependent Film Quarterly Film & Webisode Festival continues through Saturday at Raleigh Studios on Melrose (Chaplin Building). The festival showcases features, shorts, documentaries and webisodes from around the world. Familiar faces are in this year’s film slate, including Sharon Stone, Molly Simms, Michael Madsen, Sally Kirkland, Marianne Williamson, Gloria Steinem, Maria Bello, Linda Blair and so many others. Screening tonight at 7:45 pm is the Woody Allen-style romantic comedy Me You and Five Bucks directed by Jamie Zevallos.FILM
The film Girl premieres tonight at 7:30 pm at the Egyptian Theater. It’s director Kandeyce Jorden's exploration of electronic dance music and culture—focusing on the leading women behind the turntables, including DJ Irene, DJ Colette, DJ Rap and DJ Sandra Collins. The film, 10 years in the making, is Jorden’s labor of love for EDM. A Q&A follows with Jorden and Sandra Collins, DJ Rap, DJ Irene and others. Tickets: $11.

It’s a launch party / performance night at the Bootleg Theater tonight for Live Arts Exchange/LAX, an all-local contemporary-performance festival. Running for two weeks, the fest features theater, dance, music and cross-genre performance. Tonight’s event is curated by Nicole Disson, producer of THE SERIES, an event/performance/happening that took place on the rooftop of The Standard, Downtown. Doors at 7 pm.

Video installation at Eichler homes in Granada Hills tonight. (Image: Courtesy of Machine Project/Sinziana Velicescu)
Machine Project presents a one-night only, outdoor, multichannel video installation by artist Nate Page: California Living: Eichler's Balboa Highland Tract. It takes place tonight from 8-11 pm and treats Joseph Eichler’s Balboa Highlands tract neighborhood (Granada Hills) as both subject and object. Homes’ facades will be used as projection screens and the videos show “homeowners moving about inside as they would normally be seen through the translucent glass walls facing their backyards.” The installation is spread over Darla Avenue, Lisette Street, Nanette Street, and Jimeno Avenue, off Balboa Blvd. The intersection of Balboa Blvd. and Lisette St. is a good starting point.

Kayne Griffin Corcoran opens a solo exhibition of work by French abstractionist François Morellet with a reception tonight form 7-9 pm. The exhibition will include paintings, adhesive wall works and a selection of the artist's neon works. Morellet is considered a “pioneer of geometric abstraction, and as a founding member of GRAV, France’s influential Kinetic collective.”

Tonight at 7:30 pm, Skylight Books hosts author Aimee Bender who’ll read from her latest book of short stories The Color Master. Says Skylight: “In this collection, Bender’s unique talents sparkle brilliantly in stories about people searching for connection through love, sex, and family—while navigating the often painful realities of their lives.”

There’s a free screening tonight at 7:30 pm at the Hammer Museum for Girl Rising, from Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins. The film spotlights the stories of nine girls from around the world “born into unforgiving circumstances” and the power of education. Each of the stories is written by a writer from each of their countries and narrated by actors including Cate Blanchett, Salma Hayek, and Meryl Streep. Freida Pinto and Liam Neeson are also featured in the film. There’s a post-screening Q&A with Judith Bruce of Equality Now.

The variety, comedy, musical sketch troupe Lost Moon Radio takes over the stage at NerdMelt tonight at 9 pm. Through a little song, dance and stories, they’ll go down a slippery slope to explore the theme of “memory.” $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

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We wanted to call your attention to a couple of music acts performing around LA tonight. The Montreal-based quintet Stars is at the El Rey tonight ($25) and at the Glass House tomorrow. The So So Glos play Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Tickets: $10.

Tonight at 8 pm, the Westside Comedy Theater presents Talkin' Walkin'- The Live Podcast. In this comedy podcast, Kevin Pollak, channeling and only talking like Christopher Walken, discusses “life and the cornucopia of crap that fills it.” Joining him in the podcast tonight is special guest This week's special guest is comedian Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang Bang). Tickets: $10.

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