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Pencil This In: Indian and Film Noir Festivals, Storytelling at the Skirball and 'Consuming Spirits' Screening and Art Show
TGIF! Here’s what’s happening today in LA: Tonight’s the final comedy matchups for the 7th annual March Comedy Madness tournament; the Festival of Film Noir and the Indian Film Festival of LA continue through the weekend; Christopher Sullivan animation screening and complementary art exhibition open; and Beth Lapides brings the Say the Word series back to the Skirball. Read on for all the details.
March Madness continues in ... April? Yep. 64+ comedians have gone toe-to-toe in the 7th annual March Comedy Madness. The single elimination stand-up competition, hosted and refereed by Josh Filipowski (and audiences), is now down to five finalists from clubs around the city. Performing in the finals tonight at the Hollywood Improv are: Nick Cobb (Burbank), Paige Wesley & Nate Craig (Hollywood), Jeremiah Watkins (Downtown) and Dennis Lavender (Westside). Tickets: $12. 21+.
Noir City: Hollywood, 15th Annual Festival of Film Noir, presented by The American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation, continues tonight with a double feature at the Egyptian of films based on works by Cornell Woolrich. (He wrote the story that Hitchcock’s Rear Window was based.) The films being screened tonight are not available on DVD. First up at 7:30 pm is Street of Chance (1942) followed by Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948). Tickets: $11.
Synchronicity Space and Animation Breakdown present the work of Christopher Sullivan in an exhibition that features stills and sculpture from Sullivan's animated feature, Consuming Spirits. The opening reception for the art show takes place from 9 pm-12:30 am and also serves as the after-party for the screening of Consuming Spirits at the Cinefamily (at 8 pm). The exhibition will be on view at Synchronicity Space from through April 20.
The 11th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles continues through the weekend at the ArcLight Hollywood with a slate of more than 35 films, panels and events to expose larger audiences to Indian cinema and culture. Programs of both shorts and features are on tap for tonight, including Chandni, directed by Yash Chopra. There’s also an interesting panel tomorrow: Laughing at Ourselves: A Conversation with Actors and Creativesincluding panelists Kunal Nayyar (Big Bang Theory), Hannah Simone (New Girl) and others.
April is National Poetry Month, and Vroman’s bookstore in Pasadena hosts an Open Mic Night with a focus on poetry at 7 pm. Share old, new or poems in developing with fellow poetry lovers. Signups begin at 6 pm. Ages 18+.
Beth Lapides (UnCabaret) brings the Say the Word storytelling event back to the Skirball tonight with stories that fit the theme: The New Me. She’s assembled a lineup of some of the funniest comedy writers and comedians in the business, including Dan Bucatinsky (Web Therapy), Cindy Chupack (Modern Family), Merrill Markoe (TV Nation), Bill Brochtrup (NYPD Blue), Kevin Rooney (My Wife and Kids, 'Til Death) and David Dean Bottrell (Kingdom Come, Boston Legal). Cocktails and snacks are available for purchase. Tickets: $8-$15. 21+.
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