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Pencil This In: 'Friday the 13th' Mini-Marathon; Robert Brandenburg's Reappropriated Art, Comedy by Dan St. Germain

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Gallery1988 West hosts an opening reception tonight for artist Robert Brandenburg. (Image: Courtesy of the gallery.)
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Here’s the short list of what’s happening tonight in LA to help get your weekend started right— from a Gallery1988 opening to a Sarah Polley double feature. There’s also a couple of free comedy shows for Dan St. Germain’s album recording, a Friday the 13th mini-marathon and a book signing at La Luz de Jesus. Read on for all the details.

ART
Gallery1988 (West) opens the show, Middletown Ohio's Greatest Living Artist, Robert Brandenburg, Presents Butt Wait tonight from 7-10 pm. It’s the second solo show at the gallery for Brandenburg’s “re-appropriated” paintings—in which he adds humor and pop culture elements to a few more recognizable images. This show runs through October 13th.

FILM
The New Beverly screens two films by Sarah Polley
beginning tonight at 7:30 pm. First up is Polley’s 2012 family documentary Stories We Tell, in which she shows that history and truth depends on who’s telling the story. It’s followed by Polley’s 2006 directorial debut Away from Her, which explores the effects of Alzheimer's on a couple who expected to live out their golden years happily ever after. Tickets: $8. The double feature plays tomorrow, too.

COMEDY
The NYC-based comedian Dan St. Germain is taping his new comedy album Bad at The Good Times during two shows at NerdMelt tonight at 7:30 pm or 9 pm. And he needs an audience. Oh, and we hear there’s going to be free beer, too. The album will be available via aspecialthing Records later this year.
RSVP for the 7:30pm show
or RSVP for the 9pm show.

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FILM*
The Aero celebrates today’s date with a Friday the 13th Mini Marathon. In total, the chronicles of Jason Voorhees have spanned three decades and 12 features, and tonight the Aero is screening four of them. At 5 pm, the doors open to the Jason costume contest contestants, who compete for free tickets, food, Friday the 13th boxed sets and cash prizes. At 6 pm, the pre-show begins with trivia and best scream contests, hosted by BloodyDisgusting.com. At 7:30 pm, the Aero begins screening the first four films in the series, with a 10-minute intermissions between films. Tickets: $13 / $10 American Cinematheque members.

BOOK SIGNING
Tonight from 7-10 pm, La Luz de Jesus gallery hosts a book signing for Nathan Ota: Ikiru, which Ota co-authored with friend Chiwan Choi. The book documents the artist’s work over the course of the past 20 years, from street art and illustrations to recent gallery pieces created in collaboration with fellow street artist Risk.

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