Pencil This In: Lady Arm Wrestling, Lavender Diamond Free Show, Ai Weiwei Documentary and 'The Princess Bride' at 25
The Hammer Museum screens the documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry tonight at 7:30 pm. The film focuses on China’s most outspoken dissident in recent memory, an artist who blurs the boundaries of art and politics. A panel discussion follows with Christina Yu Yu, Ph.D. assistant curator, Chinese and Korean Art, LACMA and Hung Liu, professor of Art, Mills College, and moderated by writer and art critic Danielle Shang. Free.
L.A.L.A.W. (Los Angeles Lady Arm Wrestlers) presents the Fall Brawl tonight at 7 pm at the Bootleg Theater. It’s a benefit for nonprofit art where theater companies wrestle for fun and funds. Participating organizations include: Sacred Fools, Ghost Road, Collaborative Arts LA, Opera del Espacio, Son of Semele, Moving Arts and Poor Dog Group. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door, $25 VIP seats (limited).
It’s the 25th anniversary of The Princess Bride, and American Cinematheque at the Egyptian screens an archival 35mm print tonight at 7:30 pm. Directed by Rob Reiner, this farytale stars Cary Elwes as Westley, who must fight off Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) and Count Tyrone (Christopher Guest) to save Buttercup (Robin Wright). It still holds up after all these years. Tickets: $11.
It’s a School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. Live performances tonight by Button:Pusher at 8:30 pm, Blondfire at 9:30 pm, Icky Blossoms at 10:30 pm and Django Django at 11:30 pm. DJ sets by Maydoubt at 8 pm and Them Jeans at Midnight. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ (with RSVP).
The Paley Center and Warner Home Video hosts the premiere of the original animated movie Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 tonight at 7 pm. The evening features a screening and a Q & A panel with cast and crew from the film. It’s based on Frank Miller’s 1986 graphic novel. On the panel tonight are Peter Weller (Bruce Wayne / Batman); David Selby, (Commissioner Gordon); Ariel Winter (Robin); as well as director Jay Oliva and others. We just found out that tickets aren't available, so follow the panel discussion in real-time on Twitter: @PaleyCenter and #PaleyLiveLA.
Lavender Diamond aka Becky Stark releases her sophomore record, Incorruptible Heart, out on Tuesday on OK Go's label, Paracadute. Stark made her debut as a touring member of The Decemberists, She & Him and has worked on various TV/film/music projects with Michel Gondry, Kim Gordon and John C Reilly. To support the new Lavender Diamond release, she plays a free show at Echo tonight. Doors at 8:30 pm.
*Pencil pick of the day