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Pencil This In: CapeTown Film Festival Opens, a May Day Art Party and John C. Reilly, Bill Burr Join Pete Holmes at Largo

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Lots of great stuff happening in LA tonight, including the start of Entertainment Weekly’s seven-day CapeTown Film Festival—dedicated to superheroes and sci-fi and not South Africa. Also the James Bond retrospective in Glendale closes; La Santa Cecilia plays a free set at Amoeba, and comedian Pete Holmes opens a monthly residency at Largo. And for the more artful and politically inclined, there’s an opportunity to join an art party in advance of May Day. Read on for all the details.

Entertainment Weekly debuts the CapeTown Film Festival today at the Egyptian with seven days of sci-fi, superhero and fantasy films on the big screen alongside rare live Q&A sessions with filmmakers and a few other surprises. They’ve also released a limited number of tickets to all previously sold out shows and will have a standby line. The festival opens with Iron Man 3 at 7:30 pm tonight, which is already at capacity, but check out the rest of the schedule. Tomorrow’s screening is Shaun of the Dead with a Q&A with Edgar Wright. Tickets: $11.

The May Day Coalition and Culturestrike are holding an art party today from 5:30-10 pm to make signs, costumes and art for the the May Day LA March. Join artists Julio Salgado and Favianna Rodriguez at the Clean Carwash Campaign (516 W. Vernon Ave, LA). Please RSVP to so that organizers make sure they have enough supplies.

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Tonight at 7:30 pm, the Downtown Glendale Association, Glendale Arts and Prospect House Entertainment finish their month-long James Bond 007 50th Anniversary Series with a screening of Live and Let Die. The film marks Roger Moore’s debut as Bond and Paul McCartney sings the Oscar-nominated title tune. It also features Yaphet Kotto (Kananga / Mr. Big), Jane Seymour (Solitaire) and Gloria Hendry (Rosie), who’ll be appearing for a Q&A at tonight’s screening. Tickets: $15.

John C. Reilly and comedian Bill Burr join Pete Holmes for the start of Holmes’ monthly residency at Largo tonight at 9 pm. Holmes has a new TV show The Midnight Show with Pete Holmes following Conan on TBS that debuts in the fall. The doors open tonight at 7:30 pm, so come early for a beer or wine in the Little Room. Tickets: $25.

Cinefamily screens the rare animated feature film Twice Upon a Time (1983), directed by John Korty and Charles Swenson, tonight at 11 pm. For the first time in three decades, the film is presented in 35mm, showcasing the “Lumage” stop-motion process—“the coloring, collaging and lighting of translucent fabric characters.” Tickets: $12/free for members.

Tonight at 6 pm, La Santa Cecilia plays a free set at Amoeba Records. The band plays a hybrid of Latin, rock and world music. They draw their influences from cumbia, bossa nova, boleros and tango as well as jazz, rock and klezmer music. The new album Treinta Dias is out today, and they’ll celebrate with music and an album signing. Free.

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