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Pencil This In: Art Night in Pasadena and Fetish Films in Hollywood

Experimental theater in Silverlake this weekend. / Courtesy of Post Fact Productions.
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Pasadena’s cultural institutions swing open their doors tonight from 6-10 pm to host an evening of free arts events for Art Night Pasadena. Participating venues include: the Norton Simon, the Armory Center for the Arts, One Colorado, Pasadena Library, Pasadena Symphony and many more. This is also a very public transportation-friendly event with the Metro nearby, free buses running a loop between venues, and even guided bicycle tours.

The UCLA Film & Television Archive begins its 14 annual “Festival of Preservation” series that features an eclectic mix of rare films tonight at 7:30 pm with John Cassavetes’ 1974 film A Woman Under the Influence. The film is a “harrowing depiction of a blue-collar Los Angeles family on the rocks. At its trembling heart, Gena Rowlands' performance as Mabel Longhetti, wife of everyman Nick (Peter Falk) and mother of three, stands as a virtually unmatched tour de force. As a woman struggling to reconcile who she thinks she should be--as wife, mother, lover--with the anarchic spirit she really is, Mabel is the kind of complex woman's role that is still all too rare in Hollywood's output.” A panel discussion will follow film. Special guests in person: Seymour Cassel, Lelia Goldoni, Bo Harwood, Mike Farris and others.

Post Fact Productions presents the experimental theatre piece “The Parabox” tonight at 7:30 pm at the Son of Semele Theatre in Silverlake. It’s a futuristic tale of the media obsessed -- featuring performers in white unitards and the music of Lucky Dragons, Future Pigeon & East Berlin. “Through this story, Post Fact Productions examines the mind of the consumer and the advertiser. In this critical moment in history, do we have the ability to recreate traditional existence or lose ourselves within it?”