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

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Loteria Grill in Hollywood is hosting an art reception and benefit tonight. / Photo by Ca-Los via LAist's flickr pool.

Loteria Grill in Hollywood is hosting an art reception and benefit tonight. / Photo by Ca-Los via LAist's flickr pool.
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.

Eccentric organist-composer Charlemagne Palestine presents the work Schlingen-Blängen on the world’s largest church pipe organ tonight at 8 pm at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. “Always accompanied by his family of stuffed animals, Palestine has gained worldwide notoriety for his transcendent and earth-shaking performances, which create the illusion of dozens of organists playing simultaneously. His pure and animistic music creates trance-like drones that must be heard live to be fully appreciated.” Tickets are $25 and $10 for students.

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The Armando Show” is a weekly hour-long improve based on audience suggestion. Tonight, the show’s hosted by The Daily Show’s Rob Corddry who’ll interpret that audience suggestion through a personal and truthful improvised monologue. “Inspired by that monologue, a cast composed of veteran Chicago and Los Angeles alumni perform scenes that, in turn, inspire a response from Armando. This propels hilarious interchanges between Armando’s monologues and the company’s scenes.” The show begins at 9 pm tonight on the Main Stage and tickets are $10.

*Pencil pick of the day