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Pencil This In: Women's Theater Festival; Cherie Currie @Vroman's and Gene Kelly films

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Is it a bird? It's a plane? Nope, it's a UFO at Hollywood and Western. | Photo by dreamyshade via LAist's flickr pool.

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Videos Collide is a video-performance event that takes place tonight and tomorrow at 533 Gallery in Downtown LA. As video becomes available online, what added value does a physical exhibition space offer to video artists? This weekend's event answers that question as it bridges media with live performance. The show features a software performance by Jeremy Bailey; an intimate score for a projector by Wojciech Kosma; synchronized live-animation compositing by Zeesy Powers; intermedia theatre by Ben Bigelow; and animatronics by Matt Barton. Doors at 8 pm and showtime at 8:30.

Liked the Runaways movie? Now it's time for the real story. Tonight at 7 pm, Vroman's hosts Cherie Currie who presents and signs Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway. Currie was the groundbreaking lead singer of '70s teenage all-girl rock band the Runaways. "Shocking and inspiring, funny and touching, Neon Angel stunningly re-creates a bygone era of rock and roll, all the while providing an inside look at growing up hard under the relentless glare of the public eye, and chronicling one tough woman's fight to reclaim her life."

The LA Women's Theatre Festival--the 17th annual multicultural celebration of women solo artists--takes over The Electric Lodge for the next two weekends. Tonight program “Beyond Boundaries” includes performances by Amy Campion, who combines street dance with modern dance movement; Sheetal Gandhi's "Bahu-Beti-Biwi" (Daughter-in-law, Daughter, Wife); Cynthia Lee's "ruddha (rude, huh?)" Mina Olivera's snapshot of a young Brazilian who comes to live in America; and performance poetry by The Lindz. 7 pm. Tickets:$20 in advance, or $25 at the door.

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Gene Kelly was one of the greatest dancers ever captured on film. This week, the Aero Theater holds a retrospective of some of his best-known works, paired with lesser known titles. Tonight at 7:30 pm is the Vincente Minnelli-directed classic An American in Paris. Kelly stars as a struggling painter, caught between two women. Gershwin's score is timeless. The film's followed by The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort), an "intersecting stories of young dreamers - among them Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Dorléac and Danielle Darrieux - who continually miss meeting their ideal mates by mere city blocks - city blocks that are all authentic, matching realistic location shooting with sheer flights of musical fantasy."

Tonight there's a historical lecture on Napoleon by Fulbright scholar and Professor Anne Prah-Perochon at 7 pm at the Alliance Française de Pasadena. On the Trail of the Emperor: La Route Napoleon examines how the exiled emperor tried to reclaim his throne that culminated in the disastrous Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Reservations are required. Free for Alliance Française members; non-members $10.

It's Casual Friday at the LA Phil. The program tonight Ax Plays Chopin features the LA Phil with conductor Lionel Bringuier and pianist Emanuel Ax. Musical selections include Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Berlioz's Le Corsaire Overture. 8 pm. Tickets: $22.50 to $170.

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