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Get Out: Orphan Films, Playwritegirl Benefit, Ghost and Travel Stories and Unique Los Angeles

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The Orphans West Symposium, a weekend film series dedicated to home movies, amateur and educational films, industrial and sponsored films, experimental films and newsreels, concludes today at the Silent Movie Theatre. The theme of the 2 pm screening is “On Location: Place and Region in Forgotten Films” and features “Space Explorations: Scott Stark,” “Building the Hollywoodland Sign” (1923) and Early Middle Eastern Films. The 4:30 pm screening is dedicated to “Science, Industry and Education” and features segments on “Sex Mis-Education: The Sex Ed Film in the Moving Image Archive” and “Science in Action (CAS 1952 - 66): Spectral Uses of Kinescopy.” Tickets for each show are $13. GHOST STORY
Author Sarah Waters will be in conversation with Michele Kort, senior editor at Ms. Magazine, at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena today at noon. Waters will be discussing her latest historical fiction release The Little Stranger, a haunted house story set in 1940s Britain.

WriteGirl, an LA-based creative writing and mentoring program for teen girls, takes over the Pasadena Playhouse today with more than 150 girls attending workshops during the day. Aspiring writers will work alongside professional women writers of all genres to create new works that will be performed later in the evening. Confirmed celebrity performers include Christine Lahti, Melora Hardin, Dana DeLany, JoBeth Williams and Sprague Grayden. The performance is at 6 pm, preceeded by a silent auction & pre-show reception and a VIP post-show reception at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $20-$100.

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Kenneth Lapatin, guest curator for “Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples,” lectures at 2 pm today on the ways ancient Romans collected, emulated, displayed and viewed the “Old Masters” of their day—ancient Greek art from diverse periods and places. “Hooked on Classics: Ancient Antiquarianism around the Bay of Naples” will be held at the Bing Theater @ LACMA and is free to the public (but admission to the exhibition is not included as part of the program).

The final day of the Getty Museum's "Unforgettable Journeys," a travel short story reading series, concludes today at 3 pm under the theme of "Uncharted Territories." Karen Russell's "Disco Papa" will be performed by Susanna Thompson (Kings, Dragonfly); Joseph Wechsberg's "The First Time I Saw Paris" will be performed by Rob Morrow (Numb3rs, Quiz Show); and Barry Lopez's "The Mappist" will be read by Joe Spano (Navy NCIS, Hill Street Blues). Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors.

Today’s the last day for Unique Los Angeles, a two-day shopping event held at the California Market Center penthouse. It showcases the work of more than 275 independent design artists and merchants at affordable prices, with wares like clothing and accessories, stationery, jewelry, housewares, artwork, ceramics, plush toys, and books. Food purveyors are Malo and Tiara Cafe; there’s an ETSY DIY where you can make your very own gift tags and cards for free; and Barefoot Wine and Pabst are providing complimentary drinks in the lounge. Oh, and did we mention there’s there’s a photobooth?! Unique Los Angeles runs from 11 am-5 pm today. Tickets are $5 with 50% of ticket sales benefitting Children under 10 are free. Check out LAist's interview with Sonja Rasula, founder of the event.

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