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Pencil This In: Return of 'The Mack'; Film Noir Under a Bridge; Hanson in Concert and a Burlesque Workshop

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Here’s our short list of what’s happening tonight in LA. There’s an abundance of films, from the 40th anniversary screening of The Mack, to animation picked by Ren and Stimpy creator John K., to film noir classic Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place. It’s also the end of the line for Station-to-Station art project at Union Station, Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Corolla kick of the Feast of San Gennaro and a Burlesque workshop at Hustler Hollywood. Read on for all the details.

Station to Station—an art project that traveled across the country via train—makes a stop in LA tonight at Union Station at 6:30 pm. Created and curated by local artist Doug Aitken, the project connected artists, musicians and cultural figures for site-specific performances and installations from New York to California. There’s a sold-out concert tonight with Beck, Dan Deacon, Sun Araw and The Congos, No Age and others, but come down anyway to see the art created by Urs Fischer, Kenneth Anger, Ernesto Neto, Carsten Höller and Liz Glynn. Free.

Film Independent at LACMA celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the classic crime melodrama The Mack. In this 1973 “blaxploitation” film, Max Julien stars as the pimp Goldie who rises to the top as his activist brother (Roger E. Mosley) tries to clean up the streets, even if it means bringing down his own brother. Richard Pryor also stars as Goldie’s bff. 7:30 pm at LACMA’s Bing Theater. Tickets: $10 general admission.

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Tonight at 7:30 pm, Cinefamily presents John K’s Cartoon Favorites—an evening of cartoons selected by animator John Kricfalusi, who created The Ren & Stimpy Show and directed music videos for acts like Tenacious D and Björk. John K. is in person tonight to walk attendees through his favorite classic cartoons from the masters: Clampett, Tex Avery, Walter Lanz, Robert McKimson and others. He’ll also discussed how those animators made an impact on his own career. Tickets: $12 / free for members.

The LA version of NYC’s Feast of San Gennaro kicks off with an opening night gala tonight hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla. The gala pays tribute to Italy from North to South, and includes music made famous from the San Remo Music Festival and That’s Amore! An American Italian Songbook. There are silent and live auctions, a poker tournament and more. The event raises funds for the San Gennaro Foundation. Throughout the weekend, the feast celebrates Italian culture with food, entertainment, food, music, more food, a kid’s corner, bocce, bingo, carnival rides, games and more. Tickets for opening night are $30 admission with food / drink available for purchase or a reserved table of 10 for $1,000 with a five-course family dinner.

Hustler Hollywood is having a Burlesque-inspired ladies night tonight from 7-9 pm. The event includes a show by Hell's Belles Burlesque, followed by lessons, games, refreshments, music and special gift bags for the first 40 women in attendance.

The Los Angeles Historic State Park begins a new, free film series in the viaductunder the Broadway St. Bridge tonight at 8 pm with a screening of Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place (1950). Watch the LA noir classic outdoors by a fire while trains zoom above the screen. Bring blankets. Free parking on Baker Street. Enter at the end of Baker St. in the Viaduct under the Broadway St. Bridge.

We have a soft spot in our heart for Hanson—brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac—who made it really, really hard to get their first single MMMbop out of our heads for years. They’re touring in support of their latest release Anthem, which features straight up rock’n’roll and blue-eyed soul tunes. Hanson plays the House of Blues tonight, with Paul McDonald opening. Tickets: $39.

*Pencil pick of the day

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