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Pencil This In: Friday Night at The Getty, Kubrick Films, Punk Photography, and Mixing Porn and Comedy at NerdMelt

Gallery1988 (East) opens 'Fly,' an exhibition by artist Eric Tan. (Image: Courtesy of the artist)
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Here’s our short list of interesting happenings in LA tonight: It’s the final weekend of Stanley Kubrick at LACMA as well as its accompanying film series; The Getty hosts another late Friday Flight party; an architecture/design idea conference at UCLA; punk photography exhibition and book signing; a porn+comedy mashup at NerdMelt and a travel-themed exhibition at G1988. Read on for all the details.

This weekend is your final chance to see the Stanley Kubrick exhibition at LACMA. Also wrapping things up is the accompanying film series Kubrick and Co., which revisits key Kubrick films and pairs them with a similar/complementary work by another filmmaker. Screening tonight at 7:30 pm is China Gate (1957), written and directed by Samuel Fuller, which takes place at the end of the French War in Vietnam. It’s followed by Kubrick’s own film set in Vietnam: Full Metal Jacket (1987) at 9:20 pm. Tickets to each screening: $9.

It’s flashback Friday tonight at the Getty. The Friday Flights series jumps back in time to the 1940s to celebrate the birth of modern architecture as seen in the current exhibition Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990. The galleries stay open until 9 pm, dancers Cynthia Harper and James Zimmer teach swing dance with Guns in the Sun spinning retro tunes. There’s also an artist workshop with James Rojas to construct imaginary cities and a screening of the noir classic Kiss Me Deadly at 7 pm. Admission is free (tho the cash bar is not), and parking is $10 after 5 pm. The festivities begin at 6 pm tonight.

To celebrate the end of LA Architecture Month (as part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in LA), there’s an Extreme IDEAS: Runway being held tonight at UCLA. Attendees will hear from noted architects, designers, and cultural leaders—Elene Manferdini, Kimberli Meyer, Christian Moeller and others—who’ll share their thoughts on the future through a series of fast paced, back-to-back presentations. 
KCRW's Frances Anderton will emcee with tunes by Liza Richardson. There will also be food and art installations. The talks begin at 8 pm on the Hercules Campus. It’s free and open to the public, but space is limited so RSVP required.

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Punk era photographer Ruby Ray signs her new book From the Edge of the World: California Punk 1977-81, tonight at La Luz de Jesus. Her photos captured shots of The Sex Pistols, Darby Crash, Exene Cervenka, The Avengers' Penelope Houston and many others. From the Edge of the World comes with a 16-song bonus CD that compiles some of bands photographed in the book, too. The book-signing is from 6-8 pm tonight followed by a pop-up exhibition opening reception of some of Ray’s photographs from 8-10 pm.

Ok, so what happens when you mix Mystery Science Theater with free porn sites? You get pure comedy (we hope) at Stroke of Geniustonight at 9 pm at NerdMelt. The adults-only show features Kevin Pereira (Attack of the Show, Pointless), Zack Pearlman (MTV's The Inbetweeners, Community) and one celebrity guest who dissect the thumbnails, clip titles, comments and absurd web-ads splattered all over the pages with the audience’s help. This show is 18+. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Gallery1988 (East) opens Fly, a new solo show from screenprint artist Eric Tan, tonight from 7-10 pm. He’s created the works in the exhibition around a fiction airline—Tanner Air—inspired by his travels around the world Eric has created a travel agency inside the gallery to showcase the work. The show runs through July 20.

*Pencil pick of the day

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