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Pencil This In: Brian Butler Film, Exhibit at LAXART Annex, New American Writing Series at the Hammer and Cinema Speakeasy in Echo Park

At LAXART Annex: Brian Butler, 'The Dove and the Serpent,' 2011. (Video still courtesy of the artist.)
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The Hammer’s New American Writing series presents authors Karen Russell and Salvatore Scibona tonight at 7 pm. Russell—author of St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and Swamplandia!—has been featured in both the New Yorker’s debut fiction issue and on the “20 Under 40” list. Scibona’s first book, The End, was a finalist for the National Book Award. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship last year. Free. Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6 pm.FILM
Cinema Speakeasy presents the LA premiere of artist and director Anthony Ferraro’s feature film, The Writer (62 mins). Based on Knut Hamsun’s novel Hunger, The Writer “wanders the streets in a search for belonging and a chance to get his work published. Ferraro, composer John Arroyo and actors Eric Michael Kochmer, Stephanie Sanditz and Daniel Ferranti will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A. BYOB. (The theme tonight is brown-bagging.) All the while, he is fast losing his grip on reality.” 8:30 pm at the Echo Park Film Center. Tickets: $5 at the door.

LAXART premieres a new film and installation by artist, musician and filmmaker Brian Butler at the gallery’s Annex in Space 15 Twenty, Hollywood. The show Images and Oracles opens at 7 pm, and at 8 pm, there’s a performance of a live score of Butler’s film The Dove and the Serpent, by Butler and special guests (including Kenneth Anger! on theremin). Butler's works tap into the occult, the mystical and the magical. Please RSVP:

Tonight the LA Conservancy’s kicks off its 2011 series Last Remaining Seats. On the big screen tonight at the Orpheum Theater is Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. The show is sold out, but a few tickets may be available at the door. 8 pm. $20. Get your tickets now for the remaining shows, all screened in historic theaters in DTLA.

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