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Pencil This In: 'Metropolis,' 'Dark City' Double Feature, Len Lye Abstract Films and a Jewelry Trunk Show

TAG Gallery opens its 2013 group show today. (Image: Courtesy of the gallery)
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There's a lot happening in L.A. tonight, from classic sci-fi screenings of 'Metropolis' and 'Dark City' to a group art show opening, a jewelry trunk show, a program of the abstract films of Len Lye and a live and video sketch comedy show. Read on for all the details. FILM*
American Cinematheque presents the new series Motion Picturesque: Cinema At Its Most Beautiful, with films meant for the big screen. Tonight at 7:30 pm, the Egyptian screens a great double feature: Fritz Lang’s sci-fi/dystopian masterpiece Metropolis (1927). It’s followed by director Alex Proyas’ 1998 film Dark City, another sci-fi film where an alien race tries to solve the mysteries of the human mind, heart and soul by planting memories each night in human subjects. $11.

To coincide the with the closing weekend for the exhibition Drawing Surrealism, LACMA showcases the films of New Zealand’s Len Lye, a pioneer of avant-garde film and abstract animation. Kaleidoscope World: The Kinetic Films of Len Lye screens more than a dozen short films that span his career, including Tusalavala (1929/b&w/7 min) to the posthumously completed Tal Farlow (1980/b&w/3 min./16mm). At the Bing Theater at 7:30 pm. Free.

The 2013 TAG Gallery Group Show opens today at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica featuring works of painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media from all 40 TAG artists. The gallery is open today and tomorrow from 12-4 pm, with an opening reception scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12 at from 5-8 pm. The group show runs through Jan. 26.

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Tonight at 8:30 pm, Nerdmelt presents a showcase of new live and video sketch comedy
by Dallas McLaughlin, Dust Bowl Kids, Birds of Prey, Family Sandwich, Pearlstorm, John Ungaro and a few more guests. The show is hosted by Brad Gage and Christian Spicer with Danielle Kramer. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Pangaea Pop-up Shop at Space 15 Twenty presents a Bare Collection Trunk Showfeaturing fine and costume jewelry, drinks and tunes by DJ Patrick Melcher tonight from 6-9 pm. Bare artist Jeet Kaur Rodriguez Sohal draws on her Indian, Filipino, Spanish and American heritage to create jewelry that is “intricate, beautiful, eye-catching, and yet very simple.” Also, friendship bracelets will be available for $1 each!

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