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Pencil This In: Friday

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FILM*: The Old Pasadena Film Festival kicks off today—but this is a festival with a twist. For the next three weeks, the American Cinematheque will be screening films in basements, walls, courtyards, shops and theatres throughout downtown Pasadena. Best of all, all screenings are FREE. Tonight’s film choices are Breakfast at Tiffany’s at One Colorado Courtyard @ 8:30 pm and War of the Worlds on top of the school house parking structure @ 33 E. Green. For complete Festival details, visit: www.oldpasadenafilmfestival.com.

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MORE FILM: We got a heads up about a little comedy Kabluey that begins a limited engagement tonight at the Laemmle Sunset 5. Written, directed and starring Groundling alum Scott Prendergast, the film has a notable cast, including Lisa Kudrow, Teri Garr, Christine Taylor, Chris Parnell and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (the heart guy from Grey’s Anatomy). The film is based on Prendergast’s real-life experience of moving in with his sister-in-law and her sons to help while his brother was away in Iraq. But remember there’s no dysfunction without fun – and during that time the boys tried to kill their uncle.

FESTIVAL: The 31st Annual Lotus Festival kicks off tonight, celebrating the Asian and Pacific Islander culture. Entertainment, good food, carnival rides and boat races are great entertainment for a date night or family night. The festivities run from 5-9 pm today at the Echo Park Recreation Center. But just don’t expect to see a lot of lotuses

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THEATRE: “Hurricane Season 2008,” the fifth annual competition and festival of short plays, opens tonight at the Electric Company Theatre in Hollywood. For the next four weeks, a different slate of short plays will be shown. The audience picks the winners each week to compete against each other. Tonight’s works are “Gun Play” by Kurt McGinnis Brown, “Fish: A Love Story” written by Evan Lai and “Sally Spectre: The Musical” written by Evan Lai.

MORE THEATRE: Low-priced previews begin tonight @ the Bootleg Theater for a reworked version of The Tragical Comedy or the Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch, a "dark fable" adapted by the graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. A man's memories of his grandfather's seaside arcade contain talking crocodiles, badgers, mermaids and murder - or might it just be memories of the Punch and Judy Show?

AND EVEN MORE THEATRE: Joyce Carol Oates' play I Stand Before You Naked opens at the East Theater at the Complex in Hollywood. Opening and closing ensemble scenes bookend a series of monologues where the female characters expose themselves emotionally (and at times figuratively) to the audience. $25.

WORDS: Broadway composers wrote music to which 15 LA high school students will express themsevles through their own lyrics. The Free Style evening at the Ford Amphitheatre will be hosted by Malcolm-Jamal Warner and will feature dancers from the Groovaloos. Tickets to the 8:30 pm show are $40, with $12 tickets for students and children.

*Pencil pick of the day

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