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Pencil This In: A Horrible Movie Night, William Friedkin Book Reading, Good Food Fridays and Point Break Live!

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We found a number of varied film events happening in LA tonight, from a Horrible Movie Night Screening of "Death Machines" to more serious fare with films by Paul Schrader, Thom Andersen and Heinz Emigholz. Also on tap for tonight is a reading at Skylight Books with famed film director William Friedkin, a return of the "Point Break Live!" stage show and the beginning of the International Pop Overthrow Music Festival. Read on for all the details:

The live-action stage show, Point Break Live! returns to Dragonfly for a limited run that features the original cast. Yep. (It’s a live retelling of the Patrick Swayze / Keanau Reeves classic film.) Audience participation is welcome in this show, and the adult drinks available can make the interaction much more fun. 8 pm. General admission tickets are $25 and VIP tickets are $35.

The Market at Santa Monica Place presents the third edition of Good Food Fridays tonight from 7-10 pm. The free community event brings visitors and purveys together with music, live cooking demos, food samples, wine and beer tastings, live art and pop-up boutiques. At 7:15 pm, Evan Kleiman of KCRW does a demo on summer beer cocktails, and at 8 pm, there’s a pie demo by Clemence at Gourmandise School. During the event, guests can take advantage of 10 percent off all purchases from the purveyors in The Market. Free bike valet for the first two hours, too.

LACMA and the Los Angeles Filmforum screen two films
as part of its series Los Angeles Past, Present and Future tonight at 7:30 pm at the Bing Theater. Up first is Thom Andersen’s follow-up to Los Angeles Plays ItselfGet Out of the Car (2010). The filmmaker says that the film is "a city symphony film in 16mm composed from advertising signs, building facades, fragments of music and conversation, and unmarked sites of vanished cultural landmarks (including El Monte Legion Stadium and the Barrelhouse in Watts)." It’s followed by Schindler's Houses, by Heinz Emigholz (2006). The architect Rudolph Schindler built 40 single family houses between 1921 and 1952 in and around Los Angeles, and this film is a meditative look at the architect’s work. Free, but tickets required.

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It’s once again time for Horrible Movie Night at the NerdMelt showroom. They screen at the worst films ever made, and the audience is invited to roast the movie as it plays. Even the best one-liners will win prizes. Screening tonight is the 1976 classic Death Machines. Free popcorn and cheap snacks...what more enticement do you need? $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Now in its 16th year, the International Pop Overthrow Music Festival returns to Los Angeles/Orange County, beginning today and running through Aug. 4. The festival features more than 75 of the best pop and rock bands from LA and beyond. Performers throughout include Steve Barton (of Translator) and Nelson Bragg & The Bus, Bad Suns and Young Beautiful In A Hurry. Venues include Molly Malone’s, Good Hurt, Fais Do Do, Skinny’s Lounge and Fitzgerald’s.

Automata Arts in Chinatown presents the exhibition/installation So Long Oberving the Ray by NY-based artist Dan Herschlein. The site-responsive installation features a series of temporary facades, which never “truly reveal their contents nor completely obfuscate them.” There will be brief, intermittent performances in the installation tonight and tomorrow from 7-9 pm, which are free and open to the public.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, Skylight Books holds a book reading and signing with Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin. His memoir The Friedkin Connection came out earlier this year, in which he describes making classic films like The Exorcist and The French Connection. We’ve been to other events with Friedkin and his stories are amazing. He’s always sharp, funny and doesn’t pull any punches.

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UCLA Film & Television Archive and UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media have teamed up for the film series Hardcore: The Films of Paul Schrader, which runs through Aug. 5. Screening tonight at 7:30 pm is Adam Resurrected (2008). The Archive describes the film as one in which Jeff Goldblum “delivers a devastating, high-wire performance as Adam Stein, a one-time headlining cabaret performer in Weimar Germany now recovering in an Israeli sanitarium for Holocaust survivors...Paul Schrader explores the nature of identity and love under extreme duress, when performance becomes an act of survival.” Tickets: $10.

Gallery1988 opens shows at both locations tonight with receptions from 7-10 pm tonight. At the East gallery, there's a solo show by Mark Englert. It's the first installment in an annual series where he selects a director to inspire his pieces. This time around, it's Stanley Kubrick. Walk to the West gallery (also on Melrose) to catch the opening of the group pop culture art show We Made Them Do It! *Pencil pick of the day

Want more events? Follow me on Twitter (@christineziemba). Or follow Lauren Lloyd—who takes care of Pencil on Wednesdays (@LadyyyLloyd).