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Pencil This In: Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, a Beer Float Benefit, Thievery Corporation and Valerie June Concerts

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Here’s the short list of what’s happening tonight in LA to help get your weekend started right— from a LACMA film series on The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema to special screenings of We Are What We Are and Four. Art openings tonight at Gallery1988 and Favorite Goods gallery in Chinatown; music by Thievery Corporation and Valerie June. Lastly, Peddler’s & Ales mixes ice cream and beer for a good cause. Read on for all the details.

FILM
LACMA presents film programs that explore the vast body of work of cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa and the impact of his work that complement the exhibition Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa—Art and Film. The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema series features a double feature of Figueroa’s work tonight beginning at 7:30 pm with Enamorada (A Woman in Love), a 1946 film written by Iñigo de Martino and directed by Emilio Fernández. It’s followed by Flor Silvestre (Wild Flower) at 9:20 pm, also directed by Fernández, establishing actors Pedro Armendáriz and Dolores del Río as the first couple of Mexican cinema. General admission tickets: $10.

ART
Tonight, Gallery1988 (East) opens a new show featuring the work of Audrey Pongracz and Lora Zombie. The artists present large canvas works and new prints. Opening reception tonight from 7-10 pm. Pongracz will be in attendance at the show.

BEER FLOAT BENEFIT*
It’s LA Beer Week, and there’s a special Peddler’s & Ales event tonight at Verdugo Bar from 7-10 pm. All proceeds go to The Keep a Breast Foundation. Peddler's Creamery pairs its ice creams and sorbets with a great selection of beers—Trumer: Pilsner, Deschutes: Chain Breaker, Angel City: Pomegranate Saison, Eagle Rock: Manifesto, Firestone: Wooky Jack, Bison: Organic Chocolate Stout and Ballast Point: Habanero Sculpin. Outdoor games on the patio, too. Price: $20 (4 floats and a commemorative glass). Tickets available online or $25 at the door.

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FREE FLICKS
As part of its Friday Night Frights series, Cinefamily presents a free sneak preview of We Are What We Are at midnight tonight. Director Jim Mickle (Stakeland and Mulberry Street) brings a horrific twist to the family drama, focusing on the shocking religious practices of a small town family. The show is first-come, first-served, but you must pre-register for admission (not guaranteed), so early arrival is recommended.

ART
There’s an opening reception tonight from 7-10 pm for Surface Area, a group art show curated by Lauren Christiansen. Works by Sebastian Jefford, Sean Kennedy, Dwyer Kilcollin and Jesse Stecklow explore objects as images. The show at Favorite Goods in Chinatown runs through Oct. 26.

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MUSIC
Thievery Corporation headlines The Greek Theatre tonight with supporting sets by Morcheeba and Shana Halligan (of Bitter:Sweet). Halligan and her band will also sit in with Thievery Corporation singing on several songs. Prices: $39-$70. Doors at 7 pm. Also tonight is a sold-out Valerie June show at the Bootleg Theatre tonight with John Reilly and Friends (featuring Becky Stark and Tom Brosseau). Show at 9 pm. 21+.

FILM
The movie Four, directed by Joshua Sanchez, opens at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena tonight. Set during a July 4th evening, a married black man (Wendell Pierce, HBO's The Wire) tells his family he’s on a business trip, but instead goes on a date with a white teenage boy (Emory Cohen, The Place Beyond the Pines) he met online. Meanwhile, his daughter (Aja Naomi King) seeks comfort from her father’s lies with a has-been high school basketball player (EJ Bonilla). “And for just this night, the small world that these four live in will become even smaller, though the freedom they experience has never been so dangerous, fleeting and honest.” Tonight after the 7:50 pm screening, cast members Bonilla and King will be in attendance. Tickets: $11.

*Pencil pick of the day

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