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Pencil This In: ArtNight Pasadena, Cuban Women Filmmakers Showcase and 'Invincible, The Legend of Billie Jean' on Stage

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Happy Friday! We found a number of happenings around LA tonight, including a free ArtNight in Pasadena, to a showcase of Cuban women filmmakers, a musical of Invincible, The Legend of Billie Jean, comedy fun at NerdMelt and Aimee Mann and Ted Leo at Largo. Read on for all the details:

ART NIGHT
It’s ArtNight Pasadena tonight from 6-10 pm. The Armory Center for the Arts and 11 other venues throughout Pasadena are providing an evening of free entertainment, music and art. There are shuttle buses running though the night from venue to venue, which each have live music, refreshments and, of course, food trucks parked outside. If you feel like getting exercise between venues, then get your bike and join the C.I.C.L.E.’s Urban Expedition group, who are stopping at several of the venues. Meet at Memorial Park at 6 pm. The ride begins at 6:30 pm.

FILM
American Cinematheque presents a Cuban Women Filmmakers Showcase at the Egyptian Theatre tonight at 7:30 pm. It’s an evening of a broad range of documentary, animated and narrative shorts from Cuba's leading female directors, writers and actors. A discussion follows the program screening with with directors Marina Ochoa ("White Is My Hair, Black Is My Skin" ), Gloria Rolando (“Us And Jazz"), Milena Almira ("Quorum") and Claudia Rojas ("Right to Be"). An after-party features performer Candi Sosa y Su Sexteto—and Cuban eats from Versailles Restaurant. Tickets: $11.

MUSICAL THEATER
Remember the '80s movie with Helen Slater? Now see the live stage show of Invincible, The Legend of Billie Jean—featuring the music of Pat Benatar—opens tonight for a three-week run at the Cavern Club Celebrity Theater (in the Casita Del Campo Restaurant in Silver Lake). Follow the adventures of Billie Jean Davy and “her band of teenage misfits; on the run from the law and in search of truth, justice and a kick-ass haircut!” Tickets: $30 cash at the door or get $5 off for advance purchase. 9 pm.

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COMEDY
Two great things happening at NerdMelt tonight. At 7 pm, there’s a screening and Q&A of the fan-funded Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time. Special guests tonight are co-writers Travis Richey, Eric Loya, producer Helenna Santos-Levy, director Vince Talenti and series composer Brian Giovanni. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Following at 9 pm is another installment of The Friday Forty. Scott Gimple (the new Walking Dead show runner) and comedian Dave Holmes welcome guests Tom Lennon and Kyle Kinane for a sketch comedy quiz show about events of the past week. To make things more fun, the 40s are flowing during the show. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

MUSIC
Largo presents an evening with the new collaboration/project #BOTH (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo) tonight at 8:30 pm. They’ll debut #BOTH songs and play some of their own individual material. Doors open for drinks at 7 pm and the show starts at 8:30 pm. Tickets are available ONLINE ONLY.

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