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Pencil This In: Scary Short Films, 'Hands on a Hard Body,' Elizabeth Gilbert Signing and MUSE/IQUE Plays the Beatles

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Hands On A Hard Body (trailer) from Cinefamily on Vimeo.

Here’s the short list of what’s happening in today in LA: Film events include the Shorts-n-Stuff film series that features four scary short films, Hands on a Hard Body continues its run at Cinefamily; author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) discusses and signs her latest book at The Grove; MUSE/IQUE deconstructs the Beatles; and music for a school night. Read on for all the details:

SHORT FILM FEST
Italian filmmaker Leo Foti’s monthly short film festival returns tonight to Skinny’s Lounge in NoHo from 8-10 pm. The Shorts-n-Stuff series features four scary short films: “It’s Not You, It’s Me” by Matt Spicer, the music video “Regret” by Rotting Soil, Joaquin Baldwin’s “Sebastian’s VooDoo” and “The Funny Man” by Jake Barsha. Live performances by the band Levels, comedians Tony Baker and DoBoy, and two magic acts by magicians Crow Garrett and Franklin Saint. Admission is free. 21+.

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LIT
Tonight at 7 pm at Barnes & Noble at The Grove, Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love) reads from, discusses and then signs her latest book, The Signature of All Things. The adventurous period piece follows Alma the brilliant botanist, her lover Ambrose Pike and other characters that include missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses and madmen. This is a wrist-banded event.

FILM*
Cinefamily continues screening a piece of Americana tonight with Hands on a Hard Body. The film documents the “charming madness unfolding at a gloriously absurd Texas car dealership contest” in which 24 people keep one hand on a fully-loaded pickup truck longer than their competitors. The film was put together in 1997 by S.R. Bindler like a Christopher Guest comedy—only this time, it's for reals. $12/free for members. At 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm.

MUSIC
It’s a School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. Playing live tonight are: Reuben & the Dark, The Pack A.D. and Them Swoops. DJ sets by Tamara Sky, Jack of all Trades and others. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

MUSIC
Pasadena’s MUSE/IQUE orchestra begins a new season of bringing music to nontraditional concert venues tonight at 6:30 pm at the Phoenix Decorating Company’s Rose Palace Warehouse. The concert, which deconstructs the Beatles’ White Album, is set amid under-construction Rose Bowl floats. Performing tonight is Glee’s Kevin McHale (Artie), the swamp pop and alt-country stylings of the Charlie Greene Band, a string quartet, electric guitarist Michael Brook; and a sextet from Pasadena’s Selah Gospel Choir. A hosted pre-concert cocktail hour for ticket holders begins at 6:30 pm followed by the 7:30 pm concert. General admission tickets: $50.

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