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Pencil This In: Freeway Puppet Art Shows, Looney Tunes Classics @ Cinefamily, and The Moth's GrandSLAM

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The art project Superclogger might be on a freeway near you this summer. | Photo: LAXART

The art project Superclogger might be on a freeway near you this summer. | Photo: LAXART
There’s a public reception tonight for Joel Kyack: Superclogger at LAXART back parking lot from 7-10 pm. Superclogger is LA-based Kyack's first large-scale public project that holds puppet shows for drivers caught in afternoon traffic jams from a mobile theater in the back of a white pickup truck. "Broadcasting soundtracks discretely to the viewer's car stereo, Superclogger aims to briefly halt the progression of chaos by temporarily drawing the audience out of the commute experience and placing them within an intimate space of engagement and performance that highlights their own individual presence within the broader structure of the traffic jam.” Superclogger will present weekly stagings throughout the summer during rush hours on different freeways throughout the city. Follow the project on Twitter for the locations.

Author John Tottenham holds a book signing and reading tonight at 7 pm at the Standard Hollywood. His book Intertia Variations is a poetic cycle on the subject of “work-avoidance, indolence and failure.” Parking $6 with validation.

The Grammy Museum hosts the program Great Guitars with guitar prodigy Jonny Lang tonight at 8 pm. Lang will talk about playing, his love of the blues and his latest release Live at the Ryman (Concord). There will be an audience Q&A and Lang will perform a few songs from his career. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $20.

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UCLA’s Melnitz Movies holds a free screening of Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench with director Damien Chazelle in person. The film is a full-fledged musical that recasts the MGM tradition in a “gritty, near-documentary style in following the story of Guy, a young jazz trumpeter, and his romance with an aimless introvert named Madeline.” 7:30 pm at The James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall, UCLA. Tickets are available one hour before showtime; one ticket per person. Parking is $10 in Lot 3, and free parking is available on Loring Avenue (south of Sunset Blvd, east of Hilgard Avenue at Charing Cross Road) after 6 pm.

Animation historian Jerry Beck celebrates his new hardcover book The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons (Insight Editions) with a screening of Looney Tunes favorites. The program features classic works by Tex Avery, Frank Tashlin, Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, Tweety, Sylvester, Speedy Gonzales and more. 8 pm at the Silent Movie Theater. Tickets: $13.

The Moth’s 6th Los Angeles GrandSLAM begins tonight at 8 pm at the Echoplex. Ten champion Moth StorySLAM storytellers will take the stage for five minutes to tell a true-life tale on the theme “Big Breaks” As with all Moth events, no notes or scripts are allowed. The winner of tonight's competition advances to the GrandSLAM Championship. Music will be provided by Alexander Burke on vibraphone and Eban Schletter on Theremin. Tickets: $17.

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