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Pencil This In: Sundance's Next Weekend Film Festival, Lost and Found Films, and Music by The Heavy, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

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There’s an abundance of film and music events happening in LA tonight, including the opening of the Sundance: Next Weekend festival with a special double feature screening; the Lost & Found Film Club is at Cinefamily; and a screening of short films/video that looks at censorship in the Middle East. On the music side, there are shows with The Heavy, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Sean Wheeler of Throw Rag and Zander Schloss and The Garifuna Collective. Read on for all the details.

There’s a special double feature screening tonight on The Fairbanks Lawn of Hollywood Forever cemetery as part of Sundance’s Next Weekend film festival, which happens, um, this weekend. Up first is Chris Smith’s documentary American Movie, which follows the triumphs and travails (mostly the latter) of truly indie filmmaker Mark Borchardt who tries to get his dream short horror film project off the ground. Barchardt’s film Coven will screen following American Movie. Both Smith and Borchardt will appear in-person for the event. Gates at 7 pm and screening at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $12 and parking around the area: $8-$15.

Tonight at 8 pm, The Skirball continues its 2013 Sunset Concerts series with a free concert featuring the joyful, uplifting sounds of the Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. Bring you dancing shoes for an evening of “danceable fusion of vintage reggae, Congolese soukous, American soul, funky African grooves, and deep tribal chants.” Get there early to explore the Skiball or see Gary Baseman’s exhibition if you haven’t already. Parking is $10 cash only.

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One of the oldest restaurants in LA, the Tam O’Shanter, presents a no-cover-charge performance by rock/punk legends Sean Wheeler of Throw Rag and Zander Schloss of Circle Jerks and the Weirdos. The sounds from the duo are a little different, promising a mix of folk, country, pop, ragtime, bluegrass and gospel. Opening tonight is Jayke Orvis & The Broken Band. Drink specials tonight include $5 draft beers and $3 PBR cans all night long. Food specials, too.

The Fonda Theatre presents the funky, genre-blending sounds of the U.K.-based foursome The Heavy tonight at 9 pm. Since their last album The Glorious Dead (2012), we’ve heard them described as everything from neo-soul to alternative punk. Tonight’s a night you can decide for yourselves. Opening for The Heavy is San Diego’s own The Silent Comedy, who bring Americana, folk and rock sounds to the stage. All ages. Tickets: $20. Doors at 8 pm.

Tonight at 8 pm at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park is a free concert featuring the Belize-based band The Garifuna Collective, who’ll perform songs from their latest release Ayó. The album and their music reflects the sounds and Garifuna culture—a mix of Carib, Arawak and West African—while also paying homage to their late front man Andy Palacio, while carrying the torch of Garifuna music and culture into the future. Also on the bill is Canadian singer-songwriter Danny Michel, whose latest album Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me was recorded in Belize with The Garifuna Collective.

Tonight at 8 pm, Favorite Goods gallery in Chinatown presents a screening of film and videos that “indirectly look at censorship and the history of film archives in the Middle East, specifically Afghanistan, Lebanon and Iran.” Peggy Ahwash's film Beiruit Outtakes is a collage filled with scraps of film from an abandoned Beirut theater, providing an unlikely landscape / story of the region. Francis Alÿs's video Reel Unreel uses the classic game of hoop and stick as a way to show the daily life of residents in Kabul, Afghanistan, and the disappearance of film culture in the country. Kamran Shirdel's documentary The Night it Rained “depicts a picture of Iranian society in which the truth and lies can no longer be distinguished.” Drinks to follow at Melody Lounge.

Lost & Found Film Club is at Cinefamily for a hodgepodge of 16mm films, from industrial to educational to ephemera. Screening tonight at 11:15 pm is a special “Computer Love” edition featuring two 8-bit portraits of the early days of computer technology: Don't Bother Me I'm Learning and Computers: Challenging Man's Supremacy. Also on the program are a few experimental short films and rare Muppet Meeting Films made for industrial use by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. Tickets: $10.

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