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Pencil This In: Cinema Paradiso on the Big Screen, Loteria's Art Benefit

Loteria Grill in Hollywood is hosting an art reception and benefit tonight. / Photo by Ca-Los via LAist's flickr pool.
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The Loteria Grill in Hollywood is holding a reception tonight for Mexican artist Esau Andrade tonight from 5-9 pm. The event (which includes an auction of artwork) will benefit children with special needs at the Atwater Park Center. RSVP to 323.465.2500.

Tonight the ArcLight Hollywood screens one of this LAist writer’s favorite movies of all time…ever: Giuseppe Tornatore Cinema Paradiso. It’s one of the ArcLight members top 10 films of all, time, too, because they picked this screening. Set in a small Sicilian village, the story follows Salvatore, a little boy who grows up to be a prominent Italian filmmaker. He returns home for the funeral of the local film projectionist, who mentored him as a boy, and is flooded by memories of his childhood. The last scene gets us every time. The 8 pm show is already sold out, so they’ve added an 11 pm show tonight.