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Arts and Entertainment

Pencil This In: Project Involve Screening, MOPLA Projections and Aimee Bender and Etgar Kerat at the Hammer

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Film Independent's / Project Involve screens films tonight at REDCAT. (Image: 'Arthur and the Bunnies,' written/directed by Dana Turken.)
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We have a great lineup of events tonight, including a Film Independent/Project Involve Showcase screening; Aimee Bender and Etgar Keret reading at the Hammer; MOPLA Projections at the Venice Art Gallery and author Slavoj Žižek talks religion tonight at the Central Library. Read on for all the details.'

FILM
Tonight at 8 pm at REDCAT, Film Independent presents the 9th Annual Project Involve Showcase, featuring a compilation of short films, written, directed and/or produced by past and current Project Involve Fellows. The project is a mentoring, educational and career development program that fosters the talents of diverse filmmakers. Following the screening, there’s a Q&A with the directors. Entrance is on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP required.

LITERATURE
The Hammer Museum presents New American Writing: Aimee Bender & Etgar Kerat tonight at 7 pm. Hipster fav Aimee Bender (The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and The Girl in the Flammable Skirt) teaches creative writing at USC. Along with his wife Shira Geffen, the Tel Aviv-born Etgar Keret won the 2007 Palme d’Or for Best Debut Feature (Jellyfish) at the Cannes Film Festival. Both Kerat’s and Bender’s stories have been featured on NPRs This American Life and Selected Shorts. Complimentary coffee and tea served. Book signing will follow the reading. RSVPs not required.

PHOTO
Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) holds its Official Projection Series Pro'jekt LA (Part IV): Take Me There tonight at 7 pm at Venice Art Gallery. Tonight’s a commentary on the future of technology—how, what and where it will take us. The show’s curated curated by Jesse Cowan, showcasing the work of Matt Carr, Virginia Woods-Jack, Thomas Jackson, Jessica Miller, Tony Law, Sara Todd, Aaron Farley and others. Admission free with RSVP to projektla4@monthofphotography.com.

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FILM
Director Andrew Davis is in person tonight for a Q&A after a screening of Stony Island (1978) tonight at 7 pm at the Egyptian Theater. It’s a tribute to the jazz scene of Chicago’s South Side, following the story of Richie Bloom (Richie Davis), the only white kid on the block, as he forms an R&B band with his best friend, Kevin (Edward “Stoney” Robinson). The film features sax legend Gene Barge, Richard Davis, Edward 'Stoney' Robinson, George Englund, Ronnie Barron, Rae Dawn Chong, Susanna Hoffs, Dennis Franz, Meshach Taylor, Oscar Brown Jr. and many more of Chicago’s finest musicians and actors. Free to current American Cinematheque members, $11 general admission.

ALOUD
Tonight at 7 pm, the Library Foundation of Los Angeles hosts author Slavoj Žižek for the program God in Pain: Inversions of Apocalypse. He’ll be in conversation with Jack Miles, distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies, U.C. Irvine, discussing the similarities / differences in the three major faith-based systems and the understanding of humanity and divinity.

*Pencil pick of the day

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