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Pencil This In: NewFilmmakers LA, 'It Happened One Night,' Retro-TV Series, Martin Amis, Sylvia Plath, Scott C's Art

'The Missing Key' is just one of the shorts screening at NewFilmmakers LA tonight. (Image: Courtesy of Cartwheel Productions, 2011)
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TGIF! We found great events happening around town tonight, including It Happened One Night with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert; author Martin Amis in conversation; Sylvia Plath discussion; NewFilmmakers LA screenings; The Man from Atlantis panel discussion and Scott C's artwork on view. Check out:

The New Beverly Cinema screens one of our favorite romantic comedies: It Happened One Night tonight at 7:30 pm. The 1934 Frank Capra film focuses on a spoiled socialite (Claudette Colbert) who runs away from her life, falling in love with a nosy newspaper reporter (Clark Gable) along the way. Princess meets papparazzo? Also on the bill is the 1988 Cyndi Lauper-Jeff Goldblum adventure mystery, Vibes, at 9:35. The same double feature screens tomorrow night, too. Tickets: $8.

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles holds its September screening tonight of a dozen new short films at Sunset Gower Studios. The first shorts program begins at 6:30 pm, followed by a second program at 8 pm and the third at 9:30 pm. There are pre- and post-receptions for each program, a filmmakers’ lounge, and audience Q&A sessions. Admission to the screenings are $6 each.

Gallery1988 Melrose opens a new solo show tonight for Scott C's Great Showdowns series, featuring almost 250 new paintings. The opening reception, which will be held tonight from 7-10 pm, also celebrates the release of Scott C’s Great Showdowns book. The artist will be in attendance tonight.

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Beyond Baroque presents the program Lectures from Beyond: Sylvia Plath tonight at 7:30 pm. A discussion of Plath’s work and a multimedia presentation are part of the program. Poets Linda Ravenswood and Ellen Maybe read from Plath’s poetry and journals. Free.

The Paley Center holds The Retro Action-Adventure-Thon—with special panels and screenings of retro action hero shows this weekend. Things kick off tonight with The Man from Atlantis: Screening & Conversation with Patrick Duffy at The John H. Mitchell Theatre. There were four Man From Atlantis TV movies that aired during 1976-77 and eventually became a TV show from 1977-78.

Tonight, Writers Bloc presents an evening with novelist and nonfiction writer Martin Amis, who’s in conversation with Mad Men's Matthew Weiner at the Writers Guilt Theater. Amis’ novels are often unsettling, dark and humorous. He’ll talk about his latest novel, Lionel Asbo: State of England, and his other works. Tickets: $20.

*Pencil pick of the day

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