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Pencil This In: Werner Herzog Video Installation, 'Breaking Bad' Live Read and Bobcat Goldthwait's New Horror Film

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We’re always surprised at the richness and depth of events happening in LA—and it’s a Tuesday! Look what we found: Josh Kun and I See Hawks in L.A. talk about the city’s music history; a new Werner Herzog video installation opens at the Getty; Jason Reitman directs a Live Read of Breaking Bad; Bobcat Goldthwait screens his new horror film; the Hammer holds an open projector night and, of course, there’s always The Postal Service or a Pokemon musical. Read on for all the details.

MUSIC HISTORY
Annenberg Community Beach House presents the program Songs in the Key of Los Angeles with Josh Kun & I See Hawks In L.A. tonight at 6:30 pm. Writer, USC professor and music historian Josh Kun and the alt-country band I See Hawks in L.A. lead visitors on a musical tour of early LA, based on rare sheet music culled from the stacks of the Los Angeles Public Library. The lecture includes archival photographs, sheet music cover art featured in the exhibition, vintage and new recordings of the antique sheet music, as well as a special live performance from I See Hawks in L.A. Free, but reservations required.

ART
Filmmaker Werner Herzog’s five-channel video installation Hearsay of the Soul is now on view at the Getty Museum today through Jan. 19. Created for the 2012 Whitney Biennial, the work “dramatically fuses images from the distant past with contemporary experimental music. An enveloping choral chant opens the work as the screens slowly sweep over magnified details of small landscape etchings by Hercules Segers (about 1589-about 1638), one of the great masters of printmaking from the Dutch Golden Age.” The video, which reflect’s Herzog’s narrative and documentary filmmaking styles, also features a performance by composer and musician Ernst Reijseger playing the cello and Harmen Fraanje playing the organ in a Lutheran church in Haarlem, the Netherlands. The filmmaker himself will talk about the relationship between images and music during the program Hearsay of the Soul: Images, Music, and Ecstasies on next Saturday (Aug. 3) at 5 pm. The installation will remain on view through Jan. 19, 2014.

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LIVE READ*
Tonight at LACMA at 8 pm, Film Independent presents a special summer Live Read of Breaking Bad, directed by Jason Reitman. He’s bringing together a select and surprise group of actors to read live on stage together for the very first time the pilot of Breaking Bad, written by Vince Gilligan. Although advance tix are sold out, there are standby seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Line forms at 7 pm. Tickets: $40 for the general public, $15 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club and The New York Times Film Club members, $25 for LACMA members, students with valid ID and seniors (62+).

FILM
It’s Open Projector Night at the Hammer tonight, hosted by the comedy team the Sklar Brothers. Filmmakers are encouraged to bring their films (on VHS, DVD, Mini DV and Mini HDV, Super 8mm, 8 mm and 16 mm) tonight for a showcase or skewering before a live audience. Thick skin is a must. Work under 10 minutes only. Sign-ups are first-come, first-served basis with submissions accepted from 7 to 7:30pm. Free popcorn to boot, too. Free. Parking is available under the museum for a flat rate of $3 after 6PM.

MUSIC
The Postal Service plays the first of two nights at The Greek Theatre with Big Freedia opening tonight and Divine Fits opening tomorrow. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Postal Service tour brings together principals Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello with Jenny Lewis, who appeared on the original 2003 album and tour. 7 pm. Price: $50 / $39.50

MUSIC
Bobcat Goldthwait brings his new horror film Willow Creek back to NerdMelt for another screening at 8 pm tonight. There’s also a Q&A with Bobcat himself scheduled after the film. Written and directed by Goldthwait, the film follows a couple as they venture into Bigfoot country to retrace the steps of famous researchers Patterson and Gimlin with hopes of capturing their own footage. Tickets: $8

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THEATER
Fresh from the Hollywood Fringe Festival, The Pokémusical returns to Elephant Space at Theatre Asylum tonight at 8 pm. The musical follows the first journey of the characters from the original games and anime as they traverse Kanto. It’s a “story that reminds us all that good things come to those that take life by the Pokéballs.” There’s an additional performance on Friday (July 26) at midnight. Tickets: $15.

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