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Pencil This In: Mural Art, Magic Lantern Show, Outdoor Films at LACMA and at the Filmmobile

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TGIF! We found a few great events happening around town tonight. It's a great night for outdoor movie watching with the Keystone Kops and Bolt screenings; art openings at LALA Gallery and La Luz de Jesus; a Feel Good Film Festival; and a Magic Lantern Show. Read on for all the details.

La Luz de Jesus Gallery holds receptions tonight from 8-10 pm for Disasterland, a tribute to “pop culture, fashion, animation, horror films and the undeniable attraction of celebrity works,” by Mexican artist José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros. The event also celebrates the works of 2012 juried group show winners Chris Bales, Anthony Purcell, Richard Meyer, Click Mort, D.W. Marino, Byung Min, Heather O'Shaughnessy and Ave Rose. The art will be on view until Sept. 2.

Now in its 10th year, the Echo Park Film Center celebrates with a 2012 Filmmobile Summer Screening Series: A Salute To Sennett. Mack Sennett, a director of numerous films through the 1920s, was king of slapstick comedy. Tonight the filmmobile screens Here Come The Kops, a program filled with the wacky antics of Sennett's Keystone Kops. Special guests tonight: film historian Robert Birchard and live musical accompaniment by Heather Lockie. The free screening begins at 8 pm. The filmmobile screens at 1700 Clinton St. (at Belmont Ave), overlooking Echo Park Lake.

LALA Arts opens the two-part exhibition Public Works tonight at 7 pm. The show features murals by How & Nosm, Insa, Push, Revok, Risk, Ron English, Seen, Shepard Fairey, Trustocorp, WCA Crew, Uglar and Zes. The murals are on view at LALA Gallery through Aug. 17, and will then be on display on billboards on a rotating basis throughout LA through the end of the year. The exact locations will be announced on

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The Velaslavasay Panorama welcomes collector, historian and media archaeologist Professor Erkki Huhtamo to present a magic lantern show emanating from a lantern that once belonged to his great-grandfather. Huhtamo tells stories from his accomplished elder's adventurous life, which included scaling Mont Blanc, observing the transit of Venus and getting stuck in ice for an entire winter as a member of a polar expedition. Accompanying the storytelling are painted slides and aural effects. Tickets $15 ($12 VPES Members, Students, Seniors). 8 pm.***Update: The show is sold out.***

LACMA opens a Friday family outdoor film series tonight—Animation August—with the screening of Bolt in the adjacent park behind the museum at 8-8:30 pm (whenever the sun goes down). Held at the Dorothy Collins Brown Amphitheater, people are encouraged to bring low chairs, blankets and a picnic to enjoy movies under the stars.

The5th Feel Good Film Festival takes over the Laemmle NoHo7 Theater this weekend. The FGFF presents 60 films (short and feature length) that carry positive themes, have happy endings, make audiences laugh and don’t leave your reaching for the antidepressants.

*Pencil pick of the day

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