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Pencil This In: Bad Robot Art Show Opens, Paris Photo L.A. Debuts and Mindshare's Playing Games

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TGIF! Here’s what’s happening today in LA. We found a number of art and film-related events, including the opening of The Official Bad Robot Art Experience group art show; Paris Photo L.A.; and opening nights for both the FirstGlance Film Festival and the Los Angeles Children’s Film Festival. There’s also a Mindshare event with the talks focused on the topic of “play.” Read on for all the details.

ART*
Tonight from 7-10 pm, Gallery1988 (West) presents The Official Bad Robot Art Experience. The epic group show includes nearly 100 artists who contributed artwork that was inspired by the production house’s many projects, including Lost, Revolution, Alias, Fringe and Star Trek (2009). If you buy artwork, know that 10% of the show's proceeds will be donated to The Mission Continues, an organization that helps empower veterans to become community leaders. The show remains on view through May 18.

PHOTO
Paris Photo L.A. is ready for its closeup. The renowned Paris fair makes its U.S. debut this weekend, taking over Paramount Studios in Hollywood. In addition to the nearly 60 galleries presenting works of various artists, Paris Photo also presents the public program series, Sound and Vision, which features conversations between artists working in photography and film throughout the weekend. Expected speakers include Doug Aitken, Matthew Weiner, Catherine Opie and An-My Lê. Hours today and Saturday are noon-7 pm and Sunday from noon-6 pm. Tickets: $20-$40.

FILM FESTIVAL
There’s another festival in town in addition to the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. The 13th Annual FirstGlance Film Festival, which opens today and runs through Sunday at Raleigh Studios (Chaplin Theatre), screens films from rising indie filmmakers. Categories include Feature Films, Documentaries, Mini-Docs, Shorts, Shorts “Too,” Music Videos, Web Series, Animation and Student Films. Official feature selections include Chasing Shakespeare, Hated and Treasure of The Black Jaguar. Passes and individual tickets ($9-$15) are available.

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CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL
The Los Angeles Children’s Film Festival, presented by the New York International Film Festival and the American Cinematheque, takes over the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica starting today through May 5. The selection committee has put together an interesting lineup of films from around the world that look like they’ll engage children, while not boring their parents to death. Films at the festival include: Japanese animated features including A Letter to Momo, Wolf Children; Cinderella Moon, a Chinese version of the fairy tale; and US films like Meet the Small Potatoes, among dozens of others. Tickets: $9-$11.

GAMES
Mindshare LA's 2nd Annual Rubik's Human PLAY! Spectacular is at V Lounge in Santa Monica tonight from 7 pm-2 am. From 8:30 pm-10 pm, there are a few talks on The Importance of Play. The after-party at 10 actually puts the talk into action with live music, games, prizes, installations, silliness, and food and drink specials. Tickets: $25-$30 with $10 for the afterparty only.

MUSIC
The 5th Annual Los Angeles Composers Project holds a concert tonight at Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena. The What's Next? Ensemble presents the music of several composers tonight selected from a city-wide competition, including Sean Heim; Jason Heath; Sarah Gibson; Richard Valitutto; and Dante de Silva. There’s a post-concert discussion that dissects what’s new and next in music in LA. Tickets: $20/$15 for students/seniors.

*Pencil pick of the day

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