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Arts and Entertainment

Pencil This In: Ricky Jay and David Mamet at the Hammer, LA Filmmakers at Melnitz Movies and Andy Grammer

David Mamet, left, and Ricky Jay sign books at Largo last year. The two continue the banter at the Hammer tonight. (Photo: Christine N. Ziemba for LAist).
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Magician Ricky Jay and playwright David Mamet are back together on stage at 7 pm at the Hammer Museum tonight. The long-time friends and collaborators—who met up at Largo last year—will probably discuss their works, their friendship and the road to “success” (but who really knows?) The program is free, but tickets are required and available one hour prior to start time. Limit one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6 pm.

It’s the last Melnitz Movies screening of the 2010-11 season and screens works by three Los Angeles filmmakers: Hand Held Day (1975) by director Gary Beydler; the LA premiere of Psychohydrography (2010) by Peter Bo Rappmund and Get out of the Car (2010) by Thom Andersen. At the James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall at UCLA. Free. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis (one ticket per person) at the Melnitz box office, one hour before showtime. Directors Peter Bo Rappmund and Thom Andersen in person. 7:30 pm.

The Grammy Museum inaugurates its “Homegrown” series tonight at 7:30 pm with local musician Andy Grammer. The new series celebrates local talent on the rise and Grammer takes the stage to show what he’s got. After the show, he’ll hit the road for two months with Natasha Bedingfield. 


Tonight’s the last night for seasonal handcrafted cocktails at Stark Bar, which offers a rotating selection of two cocktails for $6 each, a red and white wine by the glass for $5, and any flatbread with select beer for $12. From 4-6:30 pm tonight. (Here's to hoping they extend the deal!)
*Pencil pick of the day

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