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Pencil This In: The Getty's Friday Flights; Asia Pacific Museum's Fusion Fridays; Pink Martini and Balkan Brass

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Not in San Diego for Comic-Con like half of the city? We’ll we’re staying put this weekend, too, and we found a number of great events happening tonight. Local museums like the Getty and the Pacific Asia Museum are having parties; a Balkan Brass band headlines Grand Performances; Los Angeles as subject is the focus of a new film series at LACMA while Paul Schrader film series continues at UCLA; an evening of magic in Pasadena; and Slipknot’s lead singer tells his ghost and ghost-hunting stories. Read on for all the details.

FRIDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS
Bust out the hairspray and spandex. There’s an 80s party and costume contest tonight at the Getty for its Friday Flights series. The party is being held in conjunction with the modern architecture exhibition Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990. The galleries stay open until 9 pm, dancers Cynthia Harper and James Zimmer teach classic ‘80s dance moves while DJ Paul V. spins the tunes. The 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner (The Final Cut) screens in the auditorium at 7 pm. Come dressed in your boat shoes and Jordache jeans because prizes will be given out for best costume. Admission is free (tho the cash bar is not), and parking is $10 after 5 pm. The festivities begin at 6 pm tonight.

ART+PERFORMANCE*
On the way other side of town—in Pasadena to be exact—the Pacific Asia Museum continues its own summer series, Fusion Fridays, tonight at 7:30 pm. It’s an evening that mixes art, performance, food and drinks, plus performances. Tonight, the focus is on Korea and Thailand, so visitors get to see and hear a Korean drum performance, watch elegant Thai dancers and then get down on the dance floor to K-Pop tracks. Art activities include making your own Thai headdress or checking out the Asian art in the galleries. There’s a cash bar featuring Angel City beers, and food trucks scheduled to be onsite are the Grilled Cheese Truck and Mandoline Grill. Tickets: $15, $7 for students/seniors. Free for museum members.

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MUSIC
The mini-orchestra/big band Pink Martini joins the LA Phil for a three-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl. Its music crosses genres from classical to Latin to jazz to pop. The performances will feature both lead singers China Forbes and Storm Large and special guest Saori Yuki. Pink Martini will highlight cuts from its forthcoming album, Get Happy (due Sept. 24). Tonight at 8 pm. Tickets: $17 to $124.

CIRQUE-A-PALOOZA
Pasadena Playhouse’s new three-week festival, Cirque-a-Palooza: Summer Spectacle & Comic Calamity, kicks off tonight at 8 pm with an evening of magic in Tricked Out with Justin Willman. If he looks familiar, that’s because he hosts a show at NerdMelt as well as the Food Network shows Cupcake Wars[1] and Last Cake Standing. Tickets: $30. There are performances throughout the next few weeks (through Aug. 11) on both the Mainstage and the Carrie Hamilton Theatre. Festival passes are also available.

FILM
There’s a film series that begins at LACMA tonight at 7:30 pm to complement the current exhibition The Presence of the Past. The films chosen all have tried to capture the city of Los Angeles onscreen—warts and all. The series begins with the city’s gritty past in a screening (with live music accompaniment) of Josef von Sternberg’s The Salvation Hunters (1925), which travels from San Pedro, Chinatown and the San Fernando Valley. It’s followed at 8:50 pm by Billy Wilder’s film noir classic Double Indemnity (1944) with Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray. General admission to the double-feature is $10.

BOOK LAUNCH
Tonight at 7 pm at Book Soup, Slipknot lead singer Corey Taylor discusses and signs his new book, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven: (Or, How I Made Peace with the Paranormal and Stigmatized Zealots & Cynics in the Process). He’s written about experiences he’s had with various ghostbusting groups who try to prove the existence of spirits. He’ll also talk about some of the spooky things that have happened to him in real life, and that’s not including the groupie stories.

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BALKAN BRASS
Grand Performances welcomes two energetic, frenetic music acts to the WaterCourt stage tonight at 8 pm. Up first is the Chicago-based Mucca Pazza, a band of renegade band geeks turned circus punks, whose music encompasses a wide-ranging setlist that swings between brass to covers of `60s TV themes. Also on the bill tonight is one of the more famous Roma/Balkan brass bands Fanfare Ciocărlia. Hailing from Romania, the 12-piece band is known fo its “breakneck, high-energy sound, complex rhythms, staccato clarinet, and saxophone and trumpet solos.” Free.

FILM
UCLA Film & Television Archive and UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media team up for the film series Hardcore: The Films of Paul Schrader, which runs through Aug. 5. The double feature tonight focuses on two strange-but-true stories. Up first is Patty Hearst (1988) about a kidnapped heiress-turned-guerilla-fighter, followed by the tragic tale of the life of Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane in Auto Focus (2002). Tickets: $10.

*Pencil pick of the day

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