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Pencil This In: Greg Proops Screens 'Gilda,' Free LACMA and the Autry Today, Stan Brakhage Films and Lucky Dragons

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Here's what's happening around town today for MLK Day (and night). Photo LA wraps up today in Santa Monica; LACMA and the Autry museums offer free admission; there's a screening of Stan Brakhage films; Greg Proops discusses and screens the classic noir film, Gilda; and great experimental-art music by Lucky Dragons, wildUp and Victoire. Read on for all the details.

It's a free day at LACMA today, featuring art-making activities, bilingual tours and live music by Ernie Andrews that pays tribute to MLK. The free price doesn't include admission to Stanley Kubrick or Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy. The Autry Museum also has free admission, in remembrance of Dr. King, his legacy and the contributions of African Americans in the West.

The Greg Proops Film Club screens a restored 35mm print of Gilda tonight at 7:30 pm at Cinefamily. The evening begins with a taping of comic Greg Proops’ podcast live onstage, in which he desconstructs the film, then its followed by the screening of the 1946 noir classic, directed by Charles Vidor. The titular character is played by Rita Hayworth, who’s caught between two men. Says Proops, “This one is hot and freaky. This movie will make you believe people had sex in the ‘40s.” Tickets - $12/free for members

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Papa continues its residency at the Bootleg tonight iwith J Thoven, Jenny O and a Psychedelic Judaism (w/Sam James Velde) DJ Set. Doors at 8 pm. Show at 8:30. 21+ older. Free.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles Filmforum and REDCAT presents an evening of films of Stan Brakhage tonight at 8:30 pm at REDCAT. Brakhage (1933-2003) pushed pushes the boundaries of cinema in more than 350 films in his 50+ year career. “Defying traditional film language, Brakhage's distinctive techniques—hand-held camera movement, rapid editing, intricate superimpositions, photographic abstractions, and painting directly on the film surface—contributed to a singular, humanizing sensibility.” In Person are curators Steve Anker and Mark Toscano. Tickets: $10, $8 for members/students and $5 for CalArts community members.

There's a great art-experimental-classical lineup at the Echo tonight, headlined by Lucky Dragons, with sets by the all-women Victoire, playing a blend of dreamy chamber pop, and the experimental classical sounds of wildUp. You never know what's going to happen with such an eclectic lineup. Tickets: $14. Ages 21+.

It’s a School Nightwelcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. On tap tonight are live performances by Best Friends, Sean Bones, Gemini Club and Robert Delong. DJ sets by Justin Cornwall and Goodnight Keaton to start and end the night, with Dezlin DJing between sets. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

See the musical improv team Robot Teammate and the Accidental Party defend their Cherry Crush comedy winning streak at iO West in Hollywood tonight at 10 pm. The evening begins with a suggestion from the audience for the team to “improvise an original sketch musical, featuring music, lyrics, choreography and a multi-act story structure.” They’ll be pitted against another team that’s trying to knock off the 22-week champion. Tickets are $5, with $3 whiskey and beer specials and $5 valet parking.

*Pencil pick of the day

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