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Pencil This In: Free Mindshare Event at the Downtown Independent, SaMo Food Truck Lot Opens and Jason Alexander Onstage

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Director Chad Scheifele's 'Natural Selection' is one of the films screening at tonight's New FilmmakersLA monthly meetup.

Director Chad Scheifele's 'Natural Selection' is one of the films screening at tonight's New FilmmakersLA monthly meetup.
Jason Alexander, artistic director of Reprise Theatre Company, stars in the musical They’re Playing Our Song, which opens tonight at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse. Directed by Lonny Price, there’s an all-star case behind the show: Book by Neil Simon, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager. Runs through Oct. 10. A handful of seats are available for tonight’s opening performance. Tickets: $66.75.

There’s a special, free Mindshare program--Building Community by Empowering Community--tonight at the Downtown Independent Theater. They’ll highlight video from: the Tiziano Project (which teaches journalism to people in troubled regions), the recent Burning Man and a Chessboxing match that, yes, combines chess with boxing. Doors at 7 pm, talks at 8:30 pm. Free.

It’s time for the monthly NewFilmmakers LA screening series at Sunset Gower Studios. They’re premiering five short films and two features. Admission to each program is $5. The shorts program screens at 6:15. The two features screen at 7:45 pm and 9:30 pm. There are both pre- and post-receptions after each program. Open bar and tunes spun by DJ Shy and DJ Don P. Read descriptions of the films included this month at NFMLA’s website.

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The Grammy Museum welcomes “Killer” Jerry Lee Lewis tonight at 8 pm on the eve of his 75th birthday. Hosted by Executive Director Robert Santelli, the program will feature Lewis joined by executive producer Phoebe Lewis who’ll discuss Lewis’s career and new album Mean Old Man (Verve/UME). There’s an audience Q&A followed by a live performance. Tickets are $60 and benefit the GRAMMY Museum and MusiCares.

A food truck lot officially opens tonight (again!) in Santa Moica at the California Heritage Museum at Ocean Park and Main. Every Tuesday beginning tonight. 5:30-10 pm. Trucks scheduled for tonight’s opening include Nom Nom, No Reservations, Coolhaus, Don Chow Tacos, Ahn Joo, India Jones, Phamich and Calbi. There will be places to sit while you nosh on the foodstuffs.

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