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The American Institute of Architects-LA hosts a panel discussion tonight called "Rethinking the City." / Photo by Peggy Archer via LAist's flickr pool.

The American Institute of Architects-Los Angeles chapter is hosting a panel discussion “Rethinking the City.” It’s a conversation about how enlightened policy and design can revitalize economies and create a truly sustainable community. Panelists include: Cecilia Estolano, CEO of the Community Redevelopment Agency/Los Angeles; Helmi Hisserich, LA deputy mayor for Housing & Economic Development; Peter Frankfurt, co-founder and creative director of Imaginary Forces; and Emily Gabel-Luddy, Urban Design Studio, LA’s Department of City Planning. RSVP here.

5 pm // Leo A Daly // 550 S. Hope St., 27th Floor, Los Angeles // Free with RSVP.

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“Le Femme Defoncer” is a throwback to old school freakshows: snake lady, bearded lady, the psychic, et al. Loosely translated, “'The Feminine Freak Out’ will showcase an array of unusual female talent in a bizarre underground sideshow setting.” Proceeds will go to The Wish, a charity organization that spreads "peace and environmental awareness by producing works of art and music that educate, inspire and uplift humanity."

7 pm doors open // 01 Gallery // 609 S. Olive Ave., Los Angeles // $20 suggested donation, $40 VIP, Free before 8.

Collector Russell Harnden brings back more films from his collection to the Echo Park Film Center as part of the “Gems From The Archives” series. These are better than home movies – they’re drawn from his collection of cartoons, educational films, industrial films and other odd footage. In You and Office Safety, “everyday office furniture takes on the employees”; in Two with Bacon “the pork industry goes berserk”; and in The Dangerous Stranger is teaches kids to stay away from creepy men who hang out at movies theatres. Harnden will be in attendance to answer questions – like “how high were they really when they wrote Reefer Madness?

8 pm // Echo Park Film Center //1200 N. Alvarado St., Los Angeles // $5 donation.

Come and hear the L.A. Times’s editor Russ Stanton talk about the future of LA’s paper of record at a Los Angeles Press Club gathering. Stanton was formerly its innovations expert, and we'll bet he’ll talk about new media and its role at the paper.

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7 pm // Steve Allen Theatre // 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles // $10 prepaid ($15 at the door). Free to members of the press club or those joining that evening. Refreshments included.

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