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Pencil This In: Henry Rollins Speaks, Female Directors in Focus, MOCA's Engagement Party and an Etsy Craft Night

Natasha Subramaniam's and Alisa Lapidus’ whimsical short food film “Zergüt,” is one of several shorts screening at the Egyptian tonight. (Photo: Film still from "Zergüt.")
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There's something for everyone going on around town tonight: Crafty types might want to check out Etsy Night at CAFAM, female directors are in focus at the Egyptian, Henry Rollins talks about his new book; free music at the Satellite and MOCA holds its first Engagement Part of the year. Read on for all the details.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, the Egyptian hosts the 7th Annual Focus On Female Directors, a shorts program that celebrates the work of both established and emerging female directors with screenings of: Maryna Vroda’s “Cross” (2011, 15 min); Mollie Jones’ “Animal Love” (2011, 16 min); Jess Holzworth’s “Gamma Ray” (2011, 3 min); Mitsuyo Miyazaki’s “Tsuyako” (2011, 21 min); Wonjung Bae’s "Vera Klement: Blunt Edge" (2010, 11 min); Saba Riazi’s “The Wind is Blowing on My Street” (2010, 16 min); Natasha Subramaniam and Alisa Lapidus’ “Zergüt” (2011, 6 min); and Penelope Spheeris’ “No Use Walkin' When You Can Stroll” (1998, 11 min). A panel discussion with Penelope Spheeris, Natasha Subramaniam & Alisa Lapidus, and others will follow the screenings. Reception follows the program. Tickets: $11.

MOCA has selected the artist collective CamLab as the winter2012 Engagement Party participant. During the course of the next three months, CamLab presents three new projects, in the form of interactive installations using fabric and language, which engage museum visitors (hence, the name of the series...). Tonight from 7-10 pm: CamLab turns the building’s lobby into a “radically comfortable waiting room, serving as the site for a durational Double Open Mic session centered on the theme of Empathy & Misunderstanding.” Visitors will also be invited to the “Rust and Bludoir” area to experiment with a custom-built video booth with live feedback. Free.

The Craft and Folk Art Museum hosts Etsy Craft Night: Blooming Envelopes led by designer and TV personality Mark Montano (from TLC’s 10 Years Younger, While You Were Out) tonight from 7-9 pm. Create unique envelopes to add a playful touch to all your mail or enveloping needs. Montano also signs copies of his latest book, The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2. Admission: $5/ free for CAFAM members (includes materials and snacks). RSVP suggested:

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Author, rocker, artist Renaissance man Henry Rollins joins actor/comedian Jeff Garlin in conversation tonight at 8 pm at Largo. They’ll talk about Rollins’ new book Occupants, which “pairs Henry’s visceral full-color photographs taken all over the world with writings that not only provide context and magnify the impact of the images but also lift them to the level of political commentary.” Doors open for drinks at 7 pm with show at 8 pm. It’s Largo, so don’t be late! Tickets: $30.

The Satellite in Silver Lake starts the new year with nine consecutive nights of free music with local musicians. On stage tonight are Rumspringa, Harlan, Noah and the Megafauna. Doors at 8:30 pm, show at 9. The free music series runs through Jan. 13.

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