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Pencil This In: Celebrating MOPLA, Talking Food at the Getty and Ephemera on Film

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Man Ray's Electricity - Kitchen (Electricite - Cuisine), 1931 is part of the In Focus: Tasteful Pictures exhibit at the Getty. | The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Man Ray's Electricity - Kitchen (Electricite - Cuisine), 1931 is part of the In Focus: Tasteful Pictures exhibit at the Getty. | The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Did everyone planning an uber-cool event decide to have it tonight? Here are a few of our top choices:

Film collector Russell Harnden brings obscure, outdated and ephemeral films back to the Echo Park Film Center tonight at 8 pm in his Gems from the Archives Series. These films were taken seriously when they were made—e.g., how to get along in an underground shelter—but are campy as hell today. Harnden will be in attendance. $5.

April is a month for celebrating photography. MOPLA (Month of Photography Los Angeles)events abound, including the opening reception for 2010 PDN Emerging 30 photography exhibition at Clark | Oshin Gallery at The Icon tonight. PDN (Photo District News) is a leading photo publication that holds an annual competition selecting 30 emerging photographers most likely to make an impact on the photographic industry. The reception runs from 6-9 pm and the exhibition continues through May 28.

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The Getty Center hosts the panel discussion Picturing Food tonight, led by Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW's Good Food. leads a panel discussion exploring the visual aesthetics of food with Kleiman with panelists Darra Goldstein, founding editor of Gastronomica; Maite Gomez-Rejón, chef and founder of Artbites; and photographer Charlie Grosso will discuss the visual aesthetics of food. The event is being held in conjunction with The Getty’s latest exhibit In Focus: Tasteful Pictures, which opened earlier this week. The panel discussion begins at 7 pm. Reservations required.

NewFilmmakers LA hosts an evening of new, short films at Sunset Gower Studios tonight. A documentary program begins at 6 pm, followed by two short film programs at 7:30 and 8: 45. Directors of each film, the actors and other crew, participate in a live audience Q&A. There are after parties for each program with live music by DJ Shy and DJ Don P, full bar and food from Fresh and Easy. Tickets are $6.

REDCAT screens documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman’s Meat tonight at 8:30 pm. The 1976 film tracks the workings of a plant, “illustrating important points and problems in the production, transportation, logistics, equipment design and labor management that turns cattle and sheep into consumer goods.” Tickets $9, $7 for students and $5 for CalArts faculty, students and staff.

The world premier of Terrarium, a play written by Michael Vukadinovich and directed by Efrain Schunior, opens tonight at the Son of Semele Theater tonight at 8 pm. Here’s the story in a nutshell: “For Eva, time stopped the day her beloved Jonah left to fight in World War II. When he went missing in action, his brother Sam stepped in and married Eva, but she’s spent the thirty years since waiting for Jonah to return. A prophetic dream suggests this might just be the day, but there’s more to Jonah’s disappearance than Eva realizes. When Jonah appears unaged after three decades, Sam must decide if he will permit her fantasy to continue even as it pushes him further to the side.” The play runs through April 25.


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