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Pencil This In: Frank Capra Films, Beau Bridges and Daughter Do Theater and Lit Readings

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The Aero Theater hosts the series Maverick of the Mashup: The Genre-Blending Comedies of Robert Altman. Tonight’s screening includes Brewster McCloud at 7:30 pm, about a guy living in a forgotten corner of the Houston Astrodome and his guardian angel Sally Kellerman. It’s followed by O.C. and Stiggs, Altman's riff on the teen comedy genre. Sally Kellerman in person for discussion between films.

The Outpost for Contemporary Art hosts a literary reading with Joyland(an online short fiction hub) co-founder, Brian Joseph Davis, and LA writers, Todd Collins, Jennifer Krasinski, Gerard Olson and Janice Lee tonight at 8 pm.

Theatre West presents Acting: The First Six Lessons adapted an performed by Beau Bridges and his daughter Emily Bridges. This is a stage version of Richard Boleslavsky's story about an acting teacher who, “while instructing a young actress in her craft, gives her valuable lessons for living as well.” The production, directed by Charlie Mount, opens tonight at 8 pm and runs Fridays and Sundays through May 16.

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Sci-Arc hosts an opening reception and discussion with architect Juan Azulay of Matter Management and SCI-Arc Director, Eric Owen Moss. They’ll discuss Azulay’s Vivarium, which is now on view at the SCI-Arc Gallery through May 9. “The experimental installation explores the relationship between technology, media, and environmental preservation/dereliction.” 7 pm.

TV actor Peter Birkenhead’s memoir Gonvilleis more a story about his father—a Commie gun collector who could be disarming one minute and violent the next. He did some pretty f-ed up sh_t, including sleeping with his son’s prom date and forced him to hold his feet down while he did his daily sit-ups - naked? Birkenhead reads from his book tonight at Book Soup. 7 pm.

The Cinefamily is on a Frank Capra kick this month. Their early Friday series is dedicated to
The Rise of Frank Capra. Tonight’s screening at 8 pm is Lady for a Day based on Damon Runyon’s short story "Madame La Gimp. " Says the Cinefamily, “it stretches beyond the charms of its slight source material into something genuinely moving and knee-slappingly funny, succeeding as both a tear-jearker and a farce of the highest order.” That’s followed by American Madness at 9:45 pm. The film’s hero sounds a little like George Bailey when he “sweats, pleads, plans, negotiates, and bargains to save his lending institution from a "bank run" (a wild mob of customers trying to withdraw their money at once), all the while dealing with sinful infidelities, bank robberies, corporate rivals, and police interrogations.”

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