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Pencil This In: Betty Blue Screens @ the Nuart, DIY Drumming @ the Ford

The On Ensemble teaches DIY drumming at the Ford tonight. / Photo by Ayumi Kameda.
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Here are our to-do picks for a post-Fourth Monday in LA:

Tonight the On Ensemble, a contemporary taiko quartet, brings D.I.Y. Drumming to the Ford Amphitheater at 7 pm. Bring your drums, percussion instruments or even paint buckets to play along as the Ensemble coaxes Japanese taiko rhythms out of everyday household items. The J.A.M. session is free, so reserve your spot by calling the Ford Box Office: 323.461.3673. Don’t forget to bring a picnic for dinner.

When released in 1986, Jean-Jacques Beineix’s film Betty Blue captivated art house audiences for its Frenchness: its unabashed sexuality and its themes of obsession, love and madness. At the core of the film are performances by Jean-Hugues Anglade, who plays a wannabe writer/resort handyman, and Béatrice Dalle, the unstable title character. The Nuart’s special screening of The Director's Cut, never released in U.S. theatres before, features an additional hour of footage. The film now runs 3 hrs. and 5 mins. and is presented in French subtitles. Screenings tonight are at 4 and 8 pm.

Sundance Film Festival-winner Adam, starring Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne, screens tonight at the Landmark in West LA at 7 pm as part of the “Reel Talk with Stephen Farber.” It’s being billed as a rom-com with a twist: Girl meets boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. Tonight’s guest speaker is the film’s writer/director Max Mayer. Tickets are $20 each.

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Tonight at 7 pm, Book Soup hosts an author Joanna Smith Rakoff who’ll be reading and signing her new book A Fortunate Age. It’s a post-collegiate look at Oberlin grads who navigate life in NYC during the late ’90s and early 2000s. They start careers and families and watch the world boom and bust before their eyes.

*Pencil pick of the day