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Pencil This In: Monday

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Sam Fuller's White Dog plays at the Silent Movie Theatre tonight. / Photo by ~db~ via LAist's flickr pool.

Who knew there was so much good stuff happening on a Monday night?

FILM: The Academy continues its “Great to be Nominated” series tonight with the 2001 Best Picture nominee The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The film will screen at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. There will be a post-film discussion with producer Barrie Osborne, executive producer Mark Ordesky, film editor John Gilbert, supervising sound editor Ethan Van der Ryn, visual effects supervisor Jim Rygiel and U.S. casting director Victoria Burrows. $5.

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MORE FILM:* Director Sam Fuller’s controversial 1982 film White Dog will be shown tonight at 8 pm at the Silent Movie Theatre. [Fuller’s] “goal was to produce emotional responses in the viewer, shock of recognitions, and he was willing to break every rule in the book to do it.” In this film, an actress (Kristy McNichol) hires an animal trainer (Paul Winfield) to cure a stray dog trained from birth to attack blacks. Because of this racially charged film, Paramount pulled it from its already limited distribution; and afterwards, Fuller moved to Paris and never made another American film. Wesleyan film professor Lisa Dombrowski, author of The Films of Samuel Fuller: If You Die, I'll Kill You!” will introduce the picture, and a Q & A, book signing, and reception will follow the screening. $12.

BOLLYWOOD: It’s another JAM session at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre tonight, which means you’ll get to learn and be entertained at the same time – for free. Up tonight are performers from the upcoming Khel!, who’ll lead the audience in a Bollywood Bhangra dance party beneath the stars, with live DJ, drums and dance lessons with blue13 dance company. To save money on online service fees for this free event, call or visit the Ford Box Office directly to make JAM Session reservations.

BIKES: You want to learn how to fix up your bicycle for summer and meet other like-minded women and transgendered peeps? Then head down to the Bicycle Kitchen for Monday night’s “Bitchen Kitchen” session from 6:30-9:30 pm. For a small donation ($7) the volunteer staff will show you how to fix or soup up your own bike with …and hello, Scoops ice cream is only steps away, too. (Fyi, people will never be turned away for lack of the donation fee.) And seriously, it is a girl thing. No boys allowed.

WEB: DivX is hosting a launch reception tonight to show off their latest evolution of the digital video experience. The DivX Connected platform lets you watch HD-quality movies, listen to music, browse photos and enjoy Internet content and services on your TV. If you're interested in never leaving your home again, then stop by CineSpace at 7 pm. Free.

TALK: Theatricum Botanicum's Herta's Roundtables, a new educational event series, continues tonight with a discussion between director, cast members and playgoers to explore the themes, language and plays in the 2008 Repertory. Tonight's discussion couldn't be more perfect for the season: A Midsummer Night's Dream. $15.

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