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Pencil This In: Q&As with Nicole Holofcener, 'Wedding Palace' Cast; Music by TNAF, The Colourist and Glenn Tilbrook

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Here’s the short list of what’s happening tonight in LA to help get your weekend started right. We found a lot of great film Q&As happening tonight from Nicole Holofcener on Enough Said to the cast of the new Korean-American comedy Wedding Palace to director Jacob Kornbluth talking about his doc Inequality for All. There’s also performance pieces at LAX, a free movie at the Santa Monica Pier, a salute to playwright Terrence McNally, a solo show by Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze. Also playing tonight: The Naked and Famous with The Colourist and NO. Read on for all the details.

The NZ/LA-based quintet The Naked and Famous—fronted by Alisa Xayalith (vocals/keyboards) and Thom Powers (guitar/vocals)—takes over The Wiltern tonight to promote their brand new album, In Rolling Waves, the follow-up to the band’s debut Passive Me, Aggressive You. Opening for TNAF are The Colourist and NO. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $30

Laemmle's Pasadena Playhouse is hosting a Q&A tonight with Enough Said filmmaker Nicole Holofcener who directed Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini in one of his last feature roles. She will be leading Q&A sessions following both the 7pm and 8pm showings.

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Wedding Palace—think something akin to My Big Fat Korean Wedding—is an Asian American romantic comedy that opens today and was produced with the support of the Korean government, businesses and LA’s own Koreatown community. The indie film is the first-ever US-Korea co-production shot in LA and Seoul. To celebrate the opening, the cast stops by the CGV Theater on Western Avenue tonight for a Q&A after the 7 pm screening and to do the intros for the 9:15 pm screening. Tomorrow at the Pasadena Laemmle's Playhouse 7 and Sunday in Irvine the cast is joined by filmmaker Christine Yoo for Q&As.

For the first time, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Art Program presents "Everywhere Nowhere," an original performance work at LAX. Directed and choreographed by Sarah Elgart, with an original score by Yuval Ron, Everywhere Nowhere is a site-specific multimedia project that features projections by director Kevin Kerslake and artist Stephen Glassman, and costume design by Swinda Reichelt. The live performance happens from 7:30-9 pm Saturday and Sunday at the outdoor courtyard located on the Arrivals level in between Terminals 1 and 2 at LAX. It’s part of the Influx: Art at LAX, an ongoing public art festival featuring the work of 45 LA artists in the airport’s public spaces. The self-guided art walk of Influx happens from 5-7 pm tonight. Get a map online or at the table at Terminal 1 arrivals level. Free. [Editor's Note: We initially reported this event is taking place Friday night, instead of Saturday and Sunday.]

The Skylight Theatre continues its four-day salute to playwright Terrence McNally. Tonight’s event at 8 pm features McNally and several other panelists focusing on writing gay themes and characters. Joining McNally are Max Muchnick (Creator/Executive Producer Will and Grace), Emmy Winner Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal and Executive Producer of Web Therapy), Don Roos (Writer/Director The Opposite Sex), Geoffrey Nauffts (Next Fall and writer on Brothers and Sisters), Ilene Chaiken (Creator/Executive Producer of The L Word), Peter Paige (actor Queer as Folk and creator of The Fosters), and writer/actor Tony Abatemarco. Tickets: $35-$50.

Inequality for All is a documentary from director Jacob Kornbluth in which former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich examines the growing income gap between America's rich and poor and the eroding middle class. Tonight and tomorrow at the ArcLight Hollywood, Kornbluth does a Q&A following the 7:55 pm screenings and introduces the 9:55 pm shows both nights. The sessions will be moderated by producer Sebastian Dungen.

The Front Porch Cinema series at the Santa Monica Pier, presented by Film Independent, brings a diverse selections of movies to the pier for the next four Fridays. Kicking things off tonight is the LA premiere of the documentary Los Wild Ones—focusing on Reb Kennedy and his Wild Records label in LA as a “celebration of a raw and lively ’50s-style rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly sound.” The film follows Kennedy and his roster of young Latino musicians. The evening also features a live musical performance by the Rhythm Shakers. Doors at 6 pm, film starts at 7:30 pm.

Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze and half of the songwriting team Difford and Tilbrook, stops by The Mint tonight on his Happy Trails 2013 acoustic band tour. Tonight’s show features a solo set by Tilbrook, followed by a second set where he’s joined by Squeeze drummer Simon Hanson and multi-instrumentalist Chris McNally. He’ll play old songs as well as new solo material from the upcoming Happy Ending album, due out later this year. Each show on the tour is recorded live and then made available at the end of the night from the merch stand. Joe Michelini (River City Extension) opens. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $20.

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