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Pencil This In: California Design Talk at LACMA, NewFilmmakers LA Screening and the Henry Clay People at Bardot

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Here's what's going on around LA tonight. We found a number of events under $10—or better yet, free. LACMA presents a lecture on California design; Beach=Culture series hosts an evening of salsa dancing; NewFilmmakers LA screens features and shorts at tonight's monthly screening; a classical concert; and It's a School Night. Read on for all the details.

DESIGN TALK
LACMA hosts the lecture What's So California about California Design? tonight at 7 pm in the museum’s Brown Auditorium. Bill Stern, executive director of the Museum of California Design in Los Angeles and consulting curator for the exhibition California Design, 1930-1965: "Living in a Modern Way," on view through June 3, talks about how local materials, war industries and the state’s burgeoning population made California a leader in design. Free, no reservations.

SALSA LESSONS + DANCING
The Annenberg Beach House’s Beach=Culture series presents: Dance Hall: Salsa Night! Featuring L.A. Picante with dance lessons by Pablo Alemann tonight from 6:30-9pm. There are free dance lessons at 6:30 (at capacity) and 7:45 pm. Free, but reservations required. Parking $8. annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture annenbergbeachhouse.com/cultural-programs, (310) 458-4904

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FILM
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles holds its May screening tonight of new feature and short films at Sunset Gower Studios. The first shorts program, with six films, begins at 6 pm, folowed by the first feature screening, Holiday Road at 7:45 pm, and a second feature screening of Light of Mine at 9:30 pm. There are pre- and post-receptions for each program as well as audience Q&A sessions. Admission to the programs are $6 each or $16 for all three.

CLASSICAL MUSIC
LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) hosts a concert tonight by the Eclipse Quartet, an ensemble that specializes in playing modern day composers. Members Sarah Thornblade and Sara Parkins, violins, Alma Lisa Fernandez, viola, and Maggie Parkins, cello, will perform works by Ruth Crawford, Sean Heim, Roscoe Mitchell and Ben Johnston. 7:30-9 pm tonight. Tickets: $10 general, $5 students and free to LACE members.

MUSIC
Performing live tonight at It’s a School Night at Bardot are the Henry Clay People, Les Deux Love Orchestra (w/ special guests), Brandon & Leah and Alaska Reid. Special DJ set tonight by Drake Doremus. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

THEATER TALK
The LA County Arts Commission/the Ford Theatres present the panel discussion Why are Theater-Makers the Masters of Collaboration? tonight from 7-9 pm at [Inside] the Ford. Directors and designers speak on the ups and downs of the creative, collaborative process. On the panel are: Ann Closs-Farley (Costume Designer), Bart DeLorenzo (Director), Shirley Jo Finney (Director), Elizabeth Harper (Lighting Designer), Keith Mitchell (Scenic Designer) and Cricket Myers (Sound Designer). Moderated by Terence McFarland, CEO of LA STAGE Alliance. Free, standby only.

*Pencil pick of the day

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