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Pencil This In: NewFilmmakers LA Screenings, Dustin O'Halloran and Rachel Grimes at Hollywood Forever, and a Lecture on Frogs and Mushrooms

Still from 'Twist & Blood,' a short film by Kuba Czekaj which screens as part of NewFilmmakers LA tonight at Sunset Gower Studios.
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ARTBOOK @ Paper Chase and The Ice Plant host a one-hour lecture and Q&A on
Frogs and Mushrooms, based on Jason Fulford’s books The Mushroom Collector and Raising Frogs for $ $ $. The evening includes anecdotes, short videos and music. Book signing and keyboard music afterward during cocktail reception. There will be 25 copies of The Mushroom Collector (now out of print) available for purchase, along with Raising Frogs for $ $ $ and a new publication, Notes on Fulford's Raising Frogs for $ $ $. 7-9 pm. MUSIC
KCRW presents Dustin O’Halloran with Rachel Grimes in The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery tonight. Doors at 8 pm and the concert begins at 9 pm. Admission is $20 and parking is free.

Tonight Vroman’s in Pasadena hosts author Wade Graham who’ll discuss and sign American Eden: From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards: What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are. The book examines people like Frederick Law Olmsted, Richard Neutra, Michelle Obama and ordinary people who reveal something of themselves in the gardens they create. “Melding biography, history, and cultural commentary in a one-of-a-kind narrative, American Eden presents a dynamic, sweeping look at this country's landscapes and the visionaries behind them.” 7 pm. Free.

New Filmmakers LA holds its monthly screening of new short films and one feature tonight at Sunset Gower Studios. There are receptions that start a half hour before each screening. The first Short Film Program screens at 6:30, with four films on the bill; and the second program screens five shorts at 8 pm. The feature program begins at 9:30 pm with Rosa Karo’s The Italian Key. “A romantic fairy tale about a 19-year-old orphan who gets, as her sole inheritance, an antique key that unlocks both an old villa in Italy and the mysteries of her family history.” Tickets: $6 for each screening and includes drinks and appetizers all evening.

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