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Pencil This In: Greg Proops' Film Podcast; Short Film Fest Series Starts in NoHo; Depeche Mode Tribute Night

Director Nicole Holofcener with actors James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the set of 'Enough Said.' It screens for free at LACMA tonight. (Photo: Lacey Terrell)
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Here’s the short list of what’s happening in today in LA: Cinefamily hosts the Greg Proops Film Club and a screening of Sexy Beast; the “Shorts-n-Stuff” film festival begins tonight NoHo; Lily Kershaw and Dia Frampton play sets at The Hotel Cafe; a free screening of Enough Said; a Depeche Mode tribute show at The Roxy; music for a school night and the Ford holds an capoeira J.A.M. session. Read on for all the details.

Italian filmmaker Leo Foti’s monthly short film festival begins tonight at Skinny’s Lounge in NoHo from 8-10 pm. The “Shorts-n-Stuff” series features five comedy-themed short films—“It’s Not You, It’s Me” by Matt Spicer, “The Opportunity Office” by Chelsea O’Connor, Matt Devino’s “Handsome Police,” “Sposini” by Nick VanDevender, and “The Elevator,” by Greg Glienna (writer of “Meet the Parents”)—and four local comedians Arantza Fahbulleh, Brett Riley, Chaz Rodgers and Tahir Moore. Admission is free. 21+.

Mark Cuban’s AXS TV presents the World's Greatest Tribute Bands live from the Roxy. Hosted by Katie Daryl, the live show tonight features Strangelove, a tribute to Depeche Mode. Doors are at 7pm, the show—which is televised—is at 8pm sharp…and all tickets are first-come, first-served. Free.

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Greg Proops Film Club "Sexy Beast" (trailer) from Cinefamily on Vimeo.

The Greg Proops Film Club screens a 35mm print of the British gangster film Sexy Beast (2000) tonight at 7:30 pm at Cinefamily. The evening begins with a taping of comic Proops’ podcast live onstage, in which he deconstructs the film, followed by the screening of the film starring Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley and Ian McShane. Says Proops, “Kingsley’s performance is the sadistic icing on this caper scone. He taunts, threatens, wheedles and literally pisses on Winstone, to get him to come back to London and risk it all.” Tickets: $12/free for members.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, Film Independent at LACMA presents a free screening of Enough Said, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late, great James Gandolfini. Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener (Lovely and Amazing, Please Give) the film follows a couple who dares to dip their feet into the L.A. dating pool. Standby tickets may be available; the line forms at 6:30 pm at the Hammer Building Ticket Office.

The Hotel Cafe features two up-and-coming singer-songwriters tonight: Dia Frampton, a featured performer on The Voice a few seasons ago, is joined by her sister Meg, at 8 pm. Their set is followed at 9 pm byLily Kershaw, a 22-year-old who’s prepping for the release of her new album Midnight in the Garden (Sept. 24). Tickets: $12 with a $2.50 service charge. Both shows are 21+.

The Ford Amphitheatre hosts a free J.A.M. Session tonight at 7 pm on the Brazilian martial art ofcapoeira with Capoeira Brasil. Learn powerful kicks, fluid acrobatics and rhythmic music. Both beginners and experts are welcome.

It’s a School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. Playing live are Valerie June, Cardiknox, Junior Prom and Echosmith. DJ sets tonight by Yacht Club and Justin Cornwall. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

*Pencil pick of the day

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