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Pencil This In: Projector Night and Downtown's Artwalk

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Willie Herrón Exhibit @ Federal Art Project

Willie Herrón Exhibit @ Federal Art Project
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).

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Exhibit with Aakash Nihalani @ Carmichael Gallery in WeHo.

Tonight’s the monthly Downtown Artwalk and there are a couple Month of Photography LA-related events. A pop-up happening “Hello: Giant Artists” happens at the Farmers and Merchants Bank from 6-9 pm. Bring your blankets and picnic baskets for an evening of indoor projections and a DJ set. The work of photographers will be showcased: Aaron Ruell, Blake E. Marquis, David Black, David Calderley, Jeremy & Claire Weiss, Jess Holzworth, Laura Crosta, Lauren Dukoff, Michael Schmelling, National Forest, Seth Smoot, Shirley Kurata, The Cobrasnake and William Lemon III.ART
Crewest Gallery presents its newest art exhibition “Infinite Libraries,” part of a series of live art and music events which depict 14 imaginary libraries written by visual artist/writer Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca. The exhibition consists of paintings, drawings, graphic design prints, sculptures, photos and musical compositions by more than 25 visual artists who visualize these imaginary libraries. Since it’s Artwalk tonight, the gallery will feature live painting and music from 6-10 pm.

Tonight the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica continues its Orson Welles restrospective with a double feature. Up first at 7:30 pm is The Trial (1962), based on Franz Kafka's novel. “A labyrinthine, deliciously satiric, nightmare vision of a man (Anthony Perkins) accused of an unspecified crime that emerges as a subtle allegory of Welles' seven own Catch 22-tribulations working in the film industry.” The cast includes Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Akim Tamiroff and Welles himself (who also directed). The late film is Macbeth, starring and directed by Welles. The 1948 film has been restored to its original version thanks to the UCLA Film & TV Archives preservation officer Robert Gitt. “The film had been cut by 21 minutes, re-recorded to "Americanize" the dialogue, and then rarely shown. Gitt tracked down the missing footage and original, Scottish-accented soundtrack, plus the Jacques Ibert overture and exit music.”

The Carmichael Gallery in WeHo is holding an opening reception from 7-10 pm tonight for the “Hollowood” exhibit of NYC/British street artists of the Neo-Con Collective: Aakash Nihalani, Ellis Gallagher and Poster Boy. They’ll be joined by Brit graffiti artist Zeus. Most of the artists will be at the reception tonight. The exhibit runs until April 30.

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