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Pencil This In: Grindhouse Horror Double Feature, New Media Film Fest, Samuel Beckett Remembered and Rock/Style

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Here’s the short list of what’s happening in LA tonight: The Grindhouse Film Festival screens a double feature of cult horror films; the New Media Film Festival opens; Red Hen Press writers tell their stories; Samuel Beckett is remembered at ALOUD; and the LA Times presents and evening of music and fashion. Read on for all the details.

FILM*
The Grindhouse Film Festival takes over the New Beverly Cinema tonight with a double feature of cult horror films. They’re screening rare 35 mm prints of 1974’s Tender Flesh (aka Welcome to Arrow Beach) directed by and starring Laurence Harvey and 1980’s Bloodeaters (Toxic Zombies), written, directed and starring Charles McCrann. Screening starts at 7:30 pm and includes a raffle and reel of rare exploitation trailers. Tickets: $8.

FILM FESTIVAL
The New Media Film Festival takes over The Landmark in West LA tonight and tomorrow. It features new technologies, formats for media that “exemplify the power of the cinematic arts to inspire and transform.” There’s a slate of 3D films for opening night, including the short Beatrice Coron’s Daily Battles by director James Stewart. Opening remarks and screening at 9:30 pm.

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LIT
Tonight at 6:30 pm at the Annenberg Beach House, there’s an evening of storytelling with Red Hen Press writers B.H. James, Goldberry Long and Andrew Winer. The evening is moderated by Nicelle Davis.

MUSIC+FASHION
The LA Times' Rock/Style event—a celebration of music and fashion—takes over Sound nightclub tonight at 8 pm. KROQ’s Ted Stryker is DJing and hosting an “American Icons”-themed live runway show from Macy’s and a live performance by Brooklyn-based Jukebox the Ghost. Tickets are $45 and include specialty cocktails, small bites and the fashion show.

HITCHCOCK
Greg Proops Film Club presents a 35mm screening of Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944). The comedian first records his film podcast, deconstructing the classic film, giving it some context. The screening then begins interruption free. The film is set on a lifeboat with civilian survivors who've been bombed by a German U-boat. On the boat is a suspicious German, and the survivors start getting cranky. Lifeboat is based on a John Steinbeck story. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $12/free for members.

SAMUEL BECKETT REMEMBERED
Tonight at 7:15 pm, ALOUD at the Central Library presents the program Magical Partnerships: Remembering Samuel Beckett. Moderated by screenwriter Howard A. Rodman, he talks to Jeannette Seaver, who with her husband discovered and published Beckett’s early work, and Alan Mandell, an actor who was directed by Beckett himself. Free. Standby only.

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ONLINE
MOCAtv launches a new series by Bryan Ray Turcotte and Bo Bushnell, The Art Of Punk, which traces the roots of the punk movement and the artists behind the logos of punk bands such as: Black Flag (Raymond Pettibon), The Dead Kennedys (Winston Smith) and Crass (Dave King). Today's first episode features Black Flag.

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