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Pencil This In: NewFilmmakers LA Screenings, Readings from 'The Rattling Wall' and Poetry with Jimmy Cvetic and Nick Nolte

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The exhibition 'Terrywood' opens tonight at OHWOW gallery. (Image: Terry Richardson, 'Red Lips,' 2011)
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TGIF! We found a few cultural events around LA, including NewFilmmakers LA screenings, The Rattling Wall lit reading at The Last Bookstore, a rock opera theater workshop at Son of Semele, and a poetry reading at Beyond Baroque with Jimmy Cvetic and pal Nick Nolte. Read on for all the details.

FILM*
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles holds its February screening tonight of new feature and short films at Sunset Gower Studios. The first shorts program, with five films, begins at 6:30 pm, the second shorts program, screening six new films, begins at 8 pm and the feature screening begins at 9:30. The feature tonight is Dead Inside, a slasher film by director Pearry Reginald Teo, in which a mentally-disturbed teen has a premonition of her friends' impending deaths at a sleepover. There are pre- and post-receptions for each program as well as audience Q&A sessions. Admission to the programs are $6 each or $16 for all three.

LIT
The new literary journal The Rattling Wall presents new works at The Last Bookstore tonight, featuring writers Marin Pousson and David Shook, whose stories are featured in Issue 2. They’re also bringing new voices to the mix, introducing new writers Kim Young and Mandy Kahn, who’ll also read. Editor Michelle Meyering will also hold a Q&A after the reading. 7 pm. Free.

POETRY
Tonight at 9 pm, Beyond Baroque hosts a poetry reading with Jimmy Cvetic (aka Dog). He’s a retired Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) cop who writes like “Bukowski with a badge.” Through his work, he offers a look into the ups and downs of the life of a cop, including the black humor of police work. He’s joined in the reading by his friend Nick Nolte. (Yup, you read that correctly.) Admission: Admission $7, students/seniors/children $5. Free street parking.

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THEATER
Tilted Field Productions and Son of Semele present a new rock opera workshop production of The Last Days of Mary Stuart. Adapted from F. Schiller’s play, the 21st century music-driven drama pits the Catholic Mary Stuart against the Protestant Elizabeth I in a battle for the throne of England. The score was written LA rockers Byron Kahr and John Nixon, the show features local bands TONY and whqles. Tonight and tomorrow at 11 pm. Sunday at 8 pm. Tickets: $10.

ART
There’s an opening reception tonight for the photography exhibition Terrywood at OHWOW Gallery from 6-9 pm. It’s Terry Richardson’s first solo LA exhibition featuring more than 25 of his latest photos that have been Inspired by the multiple facets of Hollywood life. “Terryworld meets Hollywood, as local characters, familiar landscapes, and architectural details, now verge on having a new identity.” The exhibition is up through March 31.

*Pencil pick of the day

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