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Animation Nite: From Halifax with Love” is a program at the Echo Park Film Center that features short animated and semi-animated films by women who’ve all lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, eh. The screening includes work by host Siloën Daley and six others. Music by local band Foot Foot follows.

7:30 // Echo Park Film Center // 1200 N. Alvarado St., Los Angeles // $5.

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The Theatre @ Boston Court and the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company present Othello -- with a twist. Directed by Lisa Wolpe, this production stars an all-female cast headed by Fran Bennett as Othelo, Nell Giesslinger as Desdemona and Wolpe as Iago. Shakespeare's story of murder, jealousy and passion takes place in ‘30s Fascist Italy and “becomes a fascinating exploration of race, gender, power and politics.” My, my how things have changed. Remember that back in the day, all stage roles were played by men. (We learned that from Shakespeare in Love. Not.)

8 pm // Boston Court Performing Arts Center // 70 North Mentor, Pasadena // $32.

The Mitch Show” – performance art and short comedic films by dancer-turned-filmmaker Mitchell Rose – happens at REDCAT tonight. We hear that "Podpeople: Malibu Mutants at the O.K. Corral" will be making its West Coast debut tonight, where "five audience volunteers wearing iPods perform a 'live movie' reciting their headphone-prompted dialogue and integrating themselves into the animated scenery projected on the movie screen."

8:30 // REDCAT // 631 West 2nd St., Los Angeles //$8-$15.

As you read earlier, Family, the cool-little-bookstore-that-could, celebrates its one-year anniversary with a group art show called “Thank You.” The show includes a range of media: “from oil paintings by Dave Eggers, music videos by Mike Mills for Barr, etchings by Ashley Macomber, photography by Will Oldham, watercolors by Kyle Field, drawings by Geoff Mcfetridge, sign art by Aaron Rose and embroideries by Vanessa Davis.”

8 pm // Family // 436 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles // Free

There’s an LAUSD meeting tonight discussing the alternative to bulldozing part of LA’s Eco-Village. The district needs to build a school – but one option would decimate parts of the Eco-Village (encompassing White House Place and the North Madison Avenue neighborhood). This means destroying approximately 40 units of affordable housing in the Eco-Village, which is part of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED-Neighborhood Development pilot program for establishing standards for sustainable community development.

6 pm // Virgil Middle School Auditorium // 152 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles // Free.

RZA, the man behind Wu Tang Clan, will hold court at the Guitar Center tonight, sharing stories and information about the music biz. He’s hawking his custom Roland music machine (only eight are being made available to the public) and you get a free tutorial with purchase if you buy one tonight. All you need is $6,000.

7 pm // Guitar Center Hollywood // 7425 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles // Free.

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The Satanic Swingers Lounge holds court at Saints & Sinners tonight. DJ Lee spins soul and funk from the ’60s and ’70s from 10-11:30 pm and shifts to a more sinful set afterwards. If that’s not enough, then how about $6 martinis and $3 kamikaze shots? Devil horns are optional.

10 pm // Saints & Sinners // 10899 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles // Depends on your bar tab.

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