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Pencil This In: Culture Collide Festival, Free Press Discussion, Documentary Films, Kennedy Administration Talk Show

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Here’s our list of what’s happening tonight in LA: Great discussions on First Amendment and free press at the Crawford Family Forum; a walking tour in DTLA around the Union Rescue Mission; a Pioneer DJ Art Mix fundraiser during the Downtown Art Walk; a variety show with The Kennedy Administration; a conversation with author Allan Gurganus; stories that you’ll never want mom to hear; and the Culture Collide Festival opens. Read on for all the details.

Filter Magazine’s fourth annual Culture Collide Festival opens today and continues through Saturday, bringing together music, art, film and more to several venues throughout Echo Park. Headlining music acts include Liars (US); King Khan & The Shrines (Canada, Germany); The Raveonettes (Denmark); and Miami Horror (Australia). Check out the full lineup here. Wristbands ($30) also gets people into the concurrent Culture Collide Creative Summit panel series.

The Kennedy Administration, a live, late-night talk show, returns tonight at 9:30 pm to Echoes Under Sunset in Echo Park. Guests include: Rich Sommer (Mad Men), Comedian JC Coccoli (Key & Peele, Chelsea Lately), Boardwalk (Stones Throw Records) and Magician Eric Buss. Free.

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Is there a national security exception to the First Amendment’s protection of freedom of speech and the press? KPCC's Crawford Family Forum presents the program Beyond Snowden: When free press and national security clash tonight at 7 pm. Members of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists discuss journalistic questions brought about by Edward Snowden’s NSA Scandal. Tonight’s speakers include: CSUN media law professor Elizabeth Martinez; USC professor and co-founder Robert Scheer; and author/journalist Frank Snepp. Doors at 6:30 pm. Admission is Free, but RSVPs are required.

Glasser plays live tonight at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever. Free parking onsite. Doors at 8 pm. Show at 9. Tickets: $25. Lucy Rose is at the Bootleg tonight with supporting act Dresses. Tickets: $15. Show at 9:30 pm.

LAVA, the Los Angeles Visionaries Association, presents Union Rescue Mission Walking Tour: 122 years on Skid Row tonight at 5 pm. The free tour starts at the Union Rescue Mission’s headquarters at 6th and San Pedro, and a free shuttle bus takes attendees to 2nd and Main, where the walking part of the tour begins. Guides will talk about the history of the area and the Rescue Mission; the “Azusa Street Revival”; and issues that the neighborhood is facing today. Registration is required.Parking is available in the URM’s underground lot; the nearest Metro station is Little Tokyo.

The storytelling show Don’t Tell My Mother (DTMM) celebrates its two-year anniversary, The LA Storytelling Festival and National Coming Out Day with one epic storytelling event tonight at Cafe Club Fais Do-Do. Telling stories that their mamas would never want to know include: Hal Sparks (Queer as Folk, Lab Rats); Jen Kober (The Mindy Project); Courtney Act (Lady Gaga's Applause); Rob Gleeson (House of Lies); Edgar Blackmon (Second City) and Nikki Levy (Producer, Fox). Live music provided by Abby Posner. The bar and Slap Yo Mama food truck open at 7 with stories and music at 8 pm. Tickets: $17.

Tonight from 5-7 pm the Santa Monica Museum of art holds an opening reception for
Wall Works: Black Holes. The installation is the 21st installment of SMMoA’s education program that includes more than 500 k-12 students collaborating with artist Laurel Broughton. The works will be on view through Jan. 12 in Bergamot Station's G-Hallway.

ArcLight Cinemas Documentary Film Festivalcontinues today through Oct. 13, at ArcLight's Hollywood location. The festival, now in its third year, screens outstanding indie films that happen to be documentaries. Tonight's program includes at 6:30 pm, A River Changes Course, winner of both the Sundance and Atlanta Film Festival Grand Jury prizes, about a "three young Cambodians struggling to maintain their traditional way of life while the modern world closes in around them." Also screening at 8:45 pm tonight is The Kill Team, about how a soldier deals with heinous crimes his platoon was committing in Afghanistan. The film earned the Tribeca Film Festival's Best Documentary. Both directors will participate in Q&As after their respective screenings. Individual tickets: $14.

Pioneer Electronics’ DJ division and the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk host the exhibition Pioneer DJ Art Mix tonight from 6 to 10 pm. The exhibition features custom art pieces from DJs, urban artists and brands, including Kaskade, Zedd, artists Couto Brothers and Joex2 and more. The event is part of a fund-raising initiative to benefit VH1’s Save The Music Foundation. At The Bank (401 S. Main Street).

The Hammer Museum presents the next installment of Some Favorite Writers seriestonight at 7:30 pm with author Allan Gurganus, whose books include White People and the Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. The winner of the LA Times Book Prize and a Guggenheim Fellow will discuss his career and his latest book Local Souls. Free.

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