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Pencil This In: Cinema Speakeasy Film Screening, Pee-Wee Herman Tribute Art and International Pop Overthrow Festival

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The comic book street art of Anthony Lister. (Image: Junk Food Art House/HVW8 Art + Design)
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We've found an interesting array of events across the city tonight. There's an art opening featuring the comic book hero-inspired art of Anthony Lister in Hollywood, and on the Westside, Gallery1988 hosts a reception for an art show inspired by the iconic Pee-Wee Herman. Our pick is an interesting documentary that examines the press-politico relationship through the tragic story of Budd Dwyer. Read on for all the details.

ART
Junk Food Art House presents the art of Aussie Anthony Lister with an opening reception tonight from 8-11 pm at HVW8 Art + Design Gallery. Lister is known for his images of super heroes, and has customized the artwork of Warner Bros.’ DC Comics characters, including Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Aquaman and The Flash in his signature style.

FILM*
Tonight Cinema Speakeasy presents the documentary Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer at Royal/T in Culver City. Directed by local filmmaker James Dirschberger, the film follows the events leading up to the death of Pennsylvania state treasurer Budd Dwyer in 1987. Accused of bribery, Dwyer called a press conference to profess his innocence, and mid-speech, he pulled a revolver out of a bag and committed suicide before a horror-stricken press corps and cameras. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with Dwyer’s family moderated by Truthdig.com’s Kasia Anderson, examining the repercussions of the media’s treatment of public figures. $10 at the door (15% donated to the filmmaker). RSVP for guaranteed entry: heythere@cinemaspeakeasy.com. Doors at 7 pm, film starts at 8:30 pm. Royal/T’s full dinner menu will also be available.

MUSIC
The 14th annual International Pop Overthrow Festival begins tonight and runs through Aug. 13 in venues around LA and Orange counties including The Echoplex The Echo, Molly Malone’s, The Federal Bar, The Redwood Bar & Grill, Fais Do Do, Bar Lubitch, Fitzgerald’s and The Orange County Fair. The festival features more than 100 of the best pop and rock artists from around the world: John Wicks & The Records, Light FM, Arthur Alexander (from Sorrows), Scarlet Crush, King Washington, Dave Rave and many more. and http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=208847352490462
 
ART
Gallery1988 in Venice opens its latest show I Know You Art, But What Am I?—a tribute show by dozens of artists to Pee-Wee Herman. There’s an opening reception tonight from 7-10 pm, but if you can’t make it out tonight, the exhibition will be up until Aug. 19.

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STORIES
KPCC 89.3 presents an evening of stories as part of The Crawford Family Forum. True That: Real Stories for Grown Folks — Summer in the City takes place tonight from 7:30-9 pm. Featuring stories from professional storytellers BK Bomar, Nick Smith and Michael McCarty. Musicians Severin Browne (former Motown artist/songwriter) and Clarence “Chazz” Ross accompany the stories. The event is currently at capacity, but email jsmith@scpr.org to be added to the waitlist. RSVPs required for this free event.

*Pencil pick of the day

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