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Pencil This In: A Stanley Kubrick Film Series, 'The Comedy' Screening and an Opening on 'Avenue Q'

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TGIF! Here's what going on around town tonight: The controversial comedy, The Comedy, screens; a Stanley Kubrick retrospective film series opens; it's a Raymond Scott Tribute night with former members of Oingo Boingo; Tavi Gevinson talks about her new book, Rookie Yearbook One, and Avenue Q opens. Read on for all the details.

FILM
LACMA is holding a number of film screenings associated with the Stanley Kubrick exhibition. Beginning tonight, the museum a chronological survey of the director’s films over his 45-year career. Tonight’s films are: Fear and Desire (1953), plus the 1951 short films Day of the Fight and Flying Padre (at 7:30 pm), followed by the 9:20 screening of Killer’s Kiss (1955), plus The Seafarers (1953). Tickets: $10, $5 (for the second screening only).

FILM
Cinefamily screens Tim Heidecker’s (Tim and Eric) dark exploration of hipster culture—The Comedy—directed by Rick Alverson. It was one of the more controversial Sundance offerings. (We heard it was probably one of—if not the most—walked out film of the festival. But other critics enjoyed it.) In the film, Heidecker plays a Brooklyn trust-fund hipster “tumbling through a series of riveting, stomach-churning experiments in (anti)social engineering.” His experiments include defending Hitler at parties and drunkenly persuading a cab driver to let him take the wheel, among many other cringe-worthy moments. Heidecker will conduct a Q&A after the film at 7:20 pm. Tickets: $12. (The film screens again at 10 pm.)

READING
Tonight at 7:30 pm, the Last Bookstore hosts writers Mariah K. Young (Masha’allah And Other Stories) and Mike the PoeT Sonksen (I Am Alive In Los Angeles) for an evening of California stories and poetry. At 9:30 pm, the bookstore presents live music from funk band Conundrum, plus acid-country rock from Jacaranda Red, and the modern vintage rock ‘n’ roll of Angeles Flight.

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THEATER
DOMA Theatre Company at The Met Theatre opens the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q tonight at 8 pm. Singing puppets and their human neighbors/handlers sing and talk about love, sex, money, race and how to tell your roommate he’s gay. Avenue Q runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 16. Tickets: $20, $30 and VIP at $34.99 (includes preferred seating plus one snack and one drink).

GRILLED CHEESE
Andrew’s Cheese Shop in Santa Monica holds a Grilled Cheese and Beer Night tonight from 7:30-10 pm. Tickets: $45 per person (no refunds).

MUSIC*
REDCAT presents the program Machine-Man: The Musical Mayhem of Raymond Scott tonight at 8:30 pm. The American composer, pianist and electronic instrument inventor is probably best known for his “cartoon jazz” heard in numerous episodes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Ren and Stimpy, The Simpsons, and many others for 75 years. Leading the tribute to Scott’s music, former Oingo Boingo guitarist Steve Bartek and his band (including other Oingo Boingo alums) play new takes on the composer’s early cartoon classics. There’s also live interpretations of Scott’s film collaborations with Jim Henson by Rogue Artists Ensemble’s Sean T. Cawelti. Tickets: $20, $16 students.

BOOKS
Wunderkind Tavi Gevinson, founder of Rookie Magazine, is on a whirlwind tour of LA this weekend. The16-year-old fashion blogger, who founded her online empire at age 13, is at Dielsel Books in Brentwood tonight at 7 pm to talk about her first book Rookie: Yearbook 1. Catering to a teen-girl audience, she’s become a voice of a generation. She’ll also be hosting a zine workshop at NerdMelt on Saturday afternoon, followed by a dance party at Space15Twenty at 7 pm. Free.

*Pencil pick of the day

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