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Pencil This In: Classic Anime Screens at JANM, No-Budget Film Fest in DTLA and Free Poncho Sanchez Concert

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Tonight in LA, we're particularly excited about a couple of film events: First up is a screening of silent classic anime from the 1920s and '30s at JANM and The Second Annual No Budget Film Festival takes over the Downtown Independent. The Gastobus takes over Breadbar in Culver City and Poncho Sanchez plays a free concert.

The Japanese American National Museum presents another installment of Summer Classic Anime Film Series.The Tateuchi Democracy Forum screens more than a dozen vintage anime titles from the 1920s and 1930s—the Golden Age of Japanese silent film. Tonight's program begins at 7 pm and it's pay-what-you-can. The program is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo,

The Culver City Music Festival presents living legend Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band tonight at the Culver City Hall Courtyard tonight at 7 pm. Admission is free and parking is free underneath city hall.

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Breadbar in Century City continues the Hatchi Truck Stop series tonight (every last Thursday of the month) from 6-10 pm. The evening brings in food truck chefs to offer a small plates priced at $8 each ($32 minimum purchase per guest). Tonight’s guest menu is provided by the Gastrobus. Dishes include: Crab and Corn Beignets with Tomatoes, pickled Onions, and Cilantro; Alsatian Pizza with Sweet Onions, Lardons, and Thyme; and Aged Rib Eye Steak with grilled Onions, Bordelaise Sauce, and Thyme.

The Second Annual No Budget Film Festivaltakes over the Downtown Independent tonight. The festival had only two rules: Be under eight minutes long and cost zero dollars to make. Fifteen films will be screened tonight, including comedies, dramas, documentaries, animation, music videos and more. A reception follows the screening with live music by The Black Noise, drinks and food catered by new company Whim Kitchen. Tickets: $10 online, $15 at the door. Doors around 8:45, with the event starting at 9:15.

NerdMelt at Meltdown Comics present the Imaginary Radio Program tonight at 8 pm. This show is the anti-radio show with LA comics parodying the aural medium. It's a "musical comedy extravaganza," hosted by Drennon Davis, featuring Baron Vaughn, MC Mr Napkins and other guests. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

*Pencil pick of the day

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