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Pencil This In: A Robot Chicken Art Show, the Hitchcock 9, K-Pop at Dance Downtown and a Gary Baseman Party

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Here’s our not-so short list of happenings in LA tonight: The Hitchcock 9 film series wraps up at LACMA (which is open extra late tonight) this weekend; a one-night only Robot Chicken art show benefits 826LA; Course for the Force stops in Santa Monica on its way to Comic-Con. Party late-night with Gary Baseman and Hunter Hunted at the Skirball or learn K-pop dance moves at Dance Downtown. Read on for all the details.

The Hitchcock 9 film series continues tonight at LACMA with two of Alfred Hitchcock’s silent film classics. Up first at 7:30 pm is The Pleasure Garden (1926)—Hitchcock’s directorial debut made when he was just 25. Set in London’s nightclub circuit, the film will be accompanied live by Robert Israel. At 9:30 pm, there’s a screening of Easy Virtue (1927), based on the Noël Coward play. This film will also feature Robert Israel’s accompaniment. Tickets: $12, $9 LACMA members, students, and seniors, $5 Academy and LACMA Film Club members.
 This is not a double feature—all of the films in the series are individually ticketed.

Tonight from 7-11 pm at the iam8bit gallery, Robot Chicken presents Friendship All-Stars of Friendship: The Art Show. The show features pieces from more than 50 artists and friends from Robot Chicken to celebrate the launch of their new webseries, Friendship All-Stars of Friendship. The works are centered on the theme of friendship—specifically celebrity friendships. The new show follows the mundane and offbeat adventures of celebrity pals living in one giant apartment building. The show airs bimonthly on beginning on July 24. Proceeds from the sale of any works will benefit Echo Park's 826LA. Golden Road Brewery provides the beer, Hint Water provides water and Origami Vinyl supplies the tunes. RSVP via Facebook.

The 5th annual Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles began on Wednesday and continues through July 20. It features more than 100 features, documentary and short film screened. The festival takes over the Downtown Independent theater, the AT&T Center Theater, the Grammy Museum Clive Davis Theater and other venues venues throughout Downtown. Programming starts tonight at 5 pm at the Downtown Independent with Shorts 1: Women Filmmakers ($13).

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Family holds a book launch party and signing tonight at 7:30 pm for Nudity Today, which explores the nude photography of 10 young artists who’ve been influenced by photo artists Ryan McGinley, Terry Richardson and Richard Kern. The following contributors are signing tonight: Tim Barber, Aurel Schmidt, Jerry Hsu, Nicole Lesser and Jesse Pearson.

Dance Downtown at The Music Center presents an evening of K-Pop tonight from 6:30-10 pm, featuring tunes from across the Pacific spun by a DJ while a dance instructor teaches those video-ready moves. Dance under the stars and feel free to bring a picnic. All dance levels are welcome. Free.

The Skirball presents an evening of music, art and film—Into the Night: Secrets and Truth— tonight from 9 pm to 1 am. Stay up late for this after-dark party centered around the exhibition Gary Baseman: The Door Is Always Open. Performing tonight are bands Hunter Hunted and Harriet; there’s also a new art performance created by Baseman and choreographer Sarah Elgart; and a DJ set by KCRW's Anthony Valadez. There’s also a screening of the animated film Fantastic Planet, tours of the art spaces tonight, art activities and signature cocktails to keep things lively throughout the night. Admission: $20 day of show. Ages 21 and older.

Celebrate Comic-Con early in LA today when the Course of the Force relay comes running through Santa Monica this afternoon. Sponsored by Lucasfilm and Nerdist, the Star Wars Relay-Run for Charity features a festival (aka Conival) and a concert with the Spazmatics at the Santa Monica Pier. The Lightsaber relay began in SF and will end up in San Diego in time for Comic-Con. The relay benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best Star Wars garb. There will be food, drink, giveaways and expo booths until 6 pm. The Spazmatics will perform at 4:30 pm.SPOKEN WORD
Grand Performances welcomes Beth Lapides’ show UnCabaret tonight to the California Plaza at 8 pm. The evening brings an “array of original talent to the mic for enlightening music and conversational comedy that is, at turns, risky, idiosyncratic, spontaneous, and introspective.” The stories tonight focus on Los Angeles as the gateway for Asian immigration, with stories by Alec Mapa, Mary Beth Abella, Kristina Wong, Suzanne Whang and Charlene Deguzman. Free.

UCLA Film & Television Archive and UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media present the series Hardcore: The Films of Paul Schrader, opening tonight and running through Aug. 5. There’s a double feature tonight at the Billy Wilder Theater beginning at 7:30 pm with the screening of American Gigolo (1980) with Richard Gere, followed by Light Sleeper (1992) starring Willem Dafoe. Tickets: $10.

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