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Pencil This In: A Daft Punk Tribute Art Show, Neil Gaiman in Conversation, Silent Hitchcock and a Roger Ebert Tribute

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We sort through a lot of events and happenings around LA so you don’t have to. The films around town tonight include a Japanese gangster double feature; a tribute to Roger Ebert; an Urs Fischer documentary; and a Hitchcock silent film. Neil Gaiman also talks about his latest book; the Hammer celebrates with Music for a Better Living; art inspired by Daft Punk; Westside comedy and an evening of risky storytelling. Read on for all the details.

Tonight Cinespia and Cinefamily presents A Tribute to Roger Ebert, with a screening of the Russ Meyer’s film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, which the film critic wrote himself. Ebert’s widow Chaz will present "Siskel & Ebert" memories and outtakes, '60s psych rockers The Strawberry Alarm Clock will reunite to perform live, and guests from the film team will make an appearance as well. The evening will also feature DJs, booze and dancing. What a send-off! Only general tickets left: $18. Doors at 7:30 and the festivities begin at 8:30 pm.

Live Talks Los Angeles holds An Evening with Neil Gaiman, who’ll be in conversation with Entertainment Weekly’s Geoff Boucher, tonight at 7 pm at The Alex Theatre. Gaiman will be discussing his new novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. General admission tickets for the event are $42 (and includes Gaiman’s new novel).

Gauntlet Gallery and The Well present Rediscovery//Los Angeles, a one-night art show with works inspired by Daft Punk. More than 45 painters, sculptors, digital and screen print artists have created original works for the show. The party tonight kicks off at 7:30 pm and runs to midnight. Music is provided by GottaDanceDirty.

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American Cinematheque presents the series Yakuza-Palooza: Chris D.’S Guide To Japanese Gangster Films tonight through Sunday at the Egyptian. The double feature tonight includes the LA premiere of Massacre Gun (Minagoroshi No Kenju, 1967) by director Yasuharu Hasebe at 7:30 pm. It’s followed by Pale Flower (Kawaita Hana, 1962), directed by Masahiro Shinoda. The films will be introduced by punk poet/rocker Chris D., who signs his new book Gun and Sword: An Encyclopedia of Japanese Gangster Films 1955-1980, in the lobby at 6:30 pm. Tickets: $11.

To celebrate the exhibition A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living, the Hammer and KCRW present five nights of free live music in the Hammer courtyard, curated by and featuring KCRW DJs plus special guests. The series Music for Better Living kicks off tonight with KCRW DJs Jason Bentley and Dan Wilcox plus AM & Shawn Lee. Doors at 7 pm. The galleries will be open late and there’s a cash bar on site.

MOCA Grand Avenue presents a screening of the film Urs Fischer tonight at 7 pm. Directed by Swiss filmmaker Iwan Schumacher, the documentary tracks artist Fischer's “creative process, studio milieu, and preparations for the artist’s first US solo museum exhibition in 2009.“ The screening is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tonight in partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, LACMA kicks off the film series The Hitchcock 9. It’s a celebration of Hitchcock’s silent films that have been digitally restored by the British Film Institute. Screening tonight at 7:30 pm is The Manxman with live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne, performing his newly commissioned score with harpist Diana Rowan. The film focuses on a love triangle between two friends who fall in love with the daughter of a grumpy innkeeper. Tickets: $12.

Glory Hole: An Evening, with Comedy is at Westside Comedy tonight at 8 pm. It’s being billed as a 90-minute spectacular of standup and acoustic rock featuring stars from The Hangover (Bryan Callen) and Tenacious D (well, Tenacious D’s backing band Wynchester anyway.) The evening also features Christian Duguay (MADtv, MTV), Kevin Christy (Mad Men, Grey’s Anatomy, Bones) and Kirk Zipfel (Kimmel, Comedy Central). Tickets: $10.

The RISK! Storytelling showis at the Nerdist Showroom tonight at 9 pm with people telling true stories they’d never thought they’d share in public. June’s theme is "Ups & Downs" and features the tales of Mather Zickel, Nathan Rabin, Cameron Esposito and Moshe Kasher. The evening is hosted by Kumail Nanjiani. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

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