Pencil This In: Morgan Spurlock in Conversation, Free Set by Camera Obscura and Lady Arm Wrestling
Here’s a quick list of the happenings in LA tonight to help shake off a case of the Mondays. The Los Angeles Film Festival and the Hollywood Fringe continue; the International Documentary Association welcomes director Morgan Spurlock for a discussion and Q&A; music by Camera Obscura; and Blackbear and James Bay headline It’s a School Night. Read on for all the details.
The International Documentary Association presents Doc U: A Conversation with Morgan Spurlock. He’ll be in conversation with KCRW’s Matt Holzman (Matt’s Movies, The Business) for an in-depth conversation about Spurlock’s filmography. The conversation is followed by an audience Q&A, and a reception on Cinefamily’s backyard patio. Tickets: $20 / $15 IDA members.
The Los Angeles Lady Arm Wrestlers presents June Bloom: Claw Prom tonight at 7 pm at the Bootleg Theater. it’s a little mix of of WWF, roller derby, burlesque and performance art, with women wrestlers creating wild personas, theme songs and entourages. The performers also solicit donations from the audience, with proceeds this time around benefiting Jail Guitar Doors, a nonprofit founded by Billy Bragg and Wayne Kramer to provide musical equipment for jail inmate rehabilitation.
LOS ANGELES FILM FEST
Screening tonight at the LAFF at LA Live are two films that piqued our interest. First up is a gala screening of Fruitvale Station at 7:30 pm with Michael B. Jordan as Oscar Grant, a young African American man killed by Oakland's BART transit police. At 9:40 pm is The Spectacular Now, a coming-of-age story based on Tim Tharp’s novel. It’s been adapted by (500) Days of Summer writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber and stars Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. Both screenings are standby only.
The Brazilian theater company Os Satyros brings a stage production of Philosophy in the Boudoir to the Fringe. Based on the novel by the Marquis de Sade, the play is set in a bedroom two libertines who host a young virgin girl, educating her to the libertine philosophical system while introducing her to the pleasures of the flesh. This show contains frontal nudity, sex, scatology and blasphemy. Not recommended for hypersensitive individuals. At the Elephant Space, tonight at 9 pm. Tickets are $15 and available.
It’s a School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. On tap tonight are live performances by Blackbear, James Bay, The Ceremonies and The Hard Knocks and DJ sets by Killer Cam and Tapioca & the Flea. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.
Tonight at 6 pm, Amoeba hosts a free live set and album signing by Camera Obscura. They celebrate the release of their new album, Desire Lines, and if you buy your copy at Amoeba you can get it signed by the band. If you can’t make the set tonight at Amoeba, then watch the livecast or see them at the Wiltern tomorrow night.
*Pencil pick of the day