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Pencil This In: Magic with Barry & Stuart; Takashi Murakami's Film Directing Debut and Burt Lancaster's Centennial

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Here’s what’s happening in LA tonight: the Scottish duo Barry & Stuart present an off-kilter brand of comedy and magic; Red Hen Poets read at the Beach House; Takashi Murakami premieres his feature film debut; Los Globos holds a Monday Night Local show and UCLA celebrates Burt Lancaster’s centennial. Read on for all the details:

Barry & Stuart are a comedians/magicians that mix a cool factor with a slightly creepy and macabre edge. The Scottish duo stoked a bit of controversy in the U.K. with their Christmas and Easter TV specials: The Magic of Jesus and Tricks from the Bible “in which the pair visited Egypt to walk on water, raise the dead, and even make a real honest-to-goodness virgin pregnant.” Catch their act live tonight at Largo at 8 pm. Tickets: $25.

The Annenberg Beach House’s Beach=Culture series presents a Red Hen Press reading tonight at 6:30 pm. Poets on the program are Cecilia Woloch, Eloise Klein Healy and Nathalie Handal with David St. John. Tonight, the authors touch upon “women's issues, love and loss, travel and cross-cultural divides.” Free, but reservations required.

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The Savannah, Georgia-based rock trio Cusses is among the bands in the lineup tonight at 8 pm at Los Globos. They’re currently touring to support of their debut, self-titled full-length album. Also on Los Globos’s Monday Night Local edition are The Wingard Manor, Bird Mad Girl and Nodigga. Tickets: $3. 21+.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, Film Independent at LACMA screens the North American premiere of Jellyfish Eyes, the feature filmmaking debut of the illustrious visual artist Takashi Murakami. In the genre-defying film, a young boy moves with his mother to the Japanese countryside after losing his father. But a “pint-sized, gravity-defying creature” is already at the apartment, and things in town aren’t what they appear to be. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Murakami. Tickets: $10 for the general public.

UCLA’s Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program opened the series Burt Lancaster: A Centennial Celebration on Friday. The films selected for this retrospective (which runs through June 30) celebrates the actor’s legacy with both popular and rare films from his career. Screening tonight is the double feature A Child is Waiting (1963) directed by John Cassavetes, followed by Come Back, Little Sheba (1953) directed by Daniel Mann. At the Billy Wilder Theater at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $10.

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