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Pencil This In: Projector Night and Downtown's Artwalk

Willie Herrón Exhibit @ Federal Art Project
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There’ s an evening showcase by New Filmmakers LA at Sunset Gower Studios. Short films by Bruno Miotto, Nicholas Wong, Robert E. Sperlinga and Sean Christensen, will be screened at 5:45 pm with feature films at 7 and 9 pm. The first feature is the LA premiere of Gigantic (starring Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman), followed by another LA premiere of Goodnight Irene (a foreign feature from Portugal starring Golden Globe winner Nuno Lopes). Guests will have an opportunity to meet the directors and actors from the films and participate in a Q&A. Tickets are a steal at $6 -- and that also includes an an open bar and appetizers.PROJECTOR NIGHT
The Hammer Museum presents “Open Projector Night” tonight at 7 pm. It’s like an open mic/iPod night where audience members can sign up to have their short films (10 minutes of less) screened and then the crowd decides how much of the film to watch. Amateurs and professionals are equally welcome. Expect mob rule. Feel free to bring a snack or two, and there’s a cash bar available. This is a free program.

And yet another reason to head to the Artwalk tonight: The Federal Art Project (FAP), an art gallery in the Bunker Hill, opens its inaugural show tonight that features work from Chicano artist and early LA punk scene contributor Willie Herrón. The exhibit, “Xicano Moratorium to the Ballad of El Lay: Herrón 1970-1980,” will set the tone for FAP as a destination for developing and established artists from Los Angeles and beyond.” The opening reception is tonight from 7 pm-midnight. The new space was created by Pete Galindo and Christian Frizzell (who owns Redwood Bar).