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Pencil This In: Harold Lloyd's 'Safety Last!' Screens, a Hybrid Music Lecture; La Cena Salon Series and the Zero Film Fest

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We sort through a lot of events and happenings around LA so you don’t have to. Here’s a list of great things to do in LA tonight: There’s a screening of the Harold Lloyd film Safety Last!; an exhibition of David Benjamin Sherry's photography; a hybrid music lecture with DJ Toy Selectah and Josh Kun; a salon on Latino art and culture; a pre-party of sorts for the Long Beach Grand Prix; and the Zero Film Fest closes. Read on for all the details.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, Film Independent at LACMA presents the 1923 Harold Lloyd film Safety Last! The silent comedy was written by Hal Roach and directed by Fred C. Newmeyer. Lloyd stars as a bumpkin who heads into the big city—Los Angeles—to earn money to woo his girl back home. He finds a job behind the counter of a department store, where mishaps abound. The 90th anniversary screening tonight also includes a conversation with Suzanne Lloyd, granddaughter of Harold Lloyd. General public tickets: $10.

The Santa Monica Museum of Art presents a hybrid musical lecture— A Collection of Ideas...Crossfader: Listening Like a Sonidero —with Mexican DJ/producer Toy Selectah and music culture writer Josh Kun tonight at 7 pm. "The event pays tribute to the work of sonideros--mobile Mexican DJs--who crossfade, mix, and amplify the views and voices of Latinos." Selectah mixes music to the stories of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and audience members with messages to deliver. Admission: $10, $5 students and free for SMMoA members.

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OHWOW opens David Benjamin Sherry's second solo exhibit with the gallery, Wonderful Land, tonight with a reception from 7-9 pm. The artist presents a new series of photographs taken while he travelled through the Western and Southwestern states. "Sherry transformed these photographs of national parks, monuments, and familiar panoramas into impossibly chromatic and passionate renditions of the country." The exhibition is on view through May 17.

The Autry in Griffith Park presents La Cena Salon Series: Traditions and Mainstream Culture tonight from 6-9 pm. Salon guests are treated to an evening of tapas, cocktails and conversation about Latino arts an culture with special guests. Tonight's guests include: visual artist Chaz Bojórquez, Ozomatli lead singer Raul Pacheco, author/columnist Gustavo Arellano, producer/director Dan Guerrero, and actor Clifton Collins, Jr. who will discuss their art practices as it relates to the salon's theme, Traditions and Mainstream Culture. Admission: $50/$40 for museum members.

In advance of this weekend's Long Beach Grand Prix race, Downtown Long Beach presents the family friendly event, the 13th Annual Tecate Light Thunder Thursday . Held on the corner of Pine Avenue and Broadway, the free event features the Cadillac Kings classic cars, motorcycle stunts, motocross performances and race car displays of the Pirelli World Challenge Cars. Also scheduled are a professional IZOD IndyCar pit stop competition, the Tecate Light Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pageant and roller derby featuring the Breakwater Bombshells and Cyclone Racers.

The fifth annual Zero Film Festival holds its closing night screenings and awards ceremony tonight from 6-10 pm at the Regal Cinemas at LA Live. It’s the only festival that is for self-financed filmmakers and their truly independent films. Screening block tickets: $10 adv/$15 at the door. The Audience Choice Awards will be announced at 10:45 pm at Hotel Figueroa for the festival’s informal after-party

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