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Pencil This In: Shaw Brothers Kung Fu Films, Near Mess Craft Beer Fest, Local Natives and Diego Luna on Activism, Art

Local Natives celebrate their new release 'Hummingbird' at Amoeba today. (CD Image: Facebook)
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Here's what's happening in LA tonight: music from Local Natives; Adam Green & Binki Shapiro play the Bootleg; actor-director Diego Luna in conversation; kung fu flicks at Cinefamily, a Near Mess Craft Beer Fest and a battle of Impro(vs)tandup. Read on for all the details:

It's an evening of music and beer at the Satellite tonight for its Near Mess Craft Beer Fest, with Stone Brewery as their featured beer and music by Sadie & the Blue Eyed Devils, The Dustbowl Revival and Son Ark. There will be tastings, flights and $3 beers from Stone while supplies last, including IPA, Levitation Ale, Cali-Belgique IPA and Sublimely Self Righteous. $8 cover or FREE with RSVP. 9 pm. 21+ (naturally). The fest continues through Thursday night with a different lineup of breweries and musical performers.

Cinefamily has been hosting a kung fu film retrospective all month long. On tap tonight are twoShaw Brothers Studio films. Screening at 7:30 pm is Five Deadly Venoms (1978) with five martial arts students (the Centipede, the Scorpion, the Lizard, the Snake and the Toad) as “mysterious, masked disciples of a clan leader whose dying wish sends his favorite student off to find out whether they intend to carry on for good or evil.” There’s also a second Shaw Brothers film on the schedule, but Cinefamily’s keeping that one a secret. Tickets: $12.

Tonight, the Bootleg welcomes Adam Green & Binki Shapiro, who are touring in support of their new self-titled album—marking their first as a duo. Green is better known for his solo work or with his band The Moldy Peaches, and Shapiro was in the band Little Joy (along with The Strokes’ Fabrizio Moretti). Tickets: $15-$18.

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Local Natives play a free set tonight Amoeba Hollywood at 6 pm to support their new album Hummingbird. Stick around for the signing after the performance (though you must by the album at the store to have it signed). Unfortunately, their El Rey show later tonight is sold out.

Tonight at UCB is another installment of IMPRO(vs)TANDUP at Upright Citizens Brigade. The evening pits two teams of pro-comedic talent—one improv group and one group of stand-ups—for a battle of wits. The month’s match-up pits improv team Convoy against stand-ups Eric Andre (Eric Andre Show, Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23) and Joe Wengert (The Smokes, Just for Laughs). The audience decides which team wins. 9:30 pm. Tickets: $5. Standby only.

ALOUD at the Central Library welcomes actor-director Diego Luna tonight at 7:15 for the program, Shooting Reflections: Film and Social Change. He’ll be in conversation with NPR correspondent Mandalit del Barco, talking about his acting in Before Night Falls, Frida and Milk, to directing an upcoming feature on Cesar Chavez. They’ll also touch on his work as a political activist, speaking out against the bi-national arms trade and how he’s also bringing cinema to remote places in the Americas. Free. Standby only.

*Pencil pick of the day

Want more events? Follow me on Twitter (@christineziemba). Or follow Lauren Lloyd—who takes care of Pencil on Wednesdays (@LadyyyLloyd).