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Pencil This In: 'Short Term 12' Screenings and Q&As, Chocolate and Donuts Pairings and Fiesta la Ballona Opens

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We found a number of events tonight that are a great way to kick off the weekend. There’s an evening donut and chocolate pairings in Culver City; a Q&A and screening with cast and director of Short Term 12; a screening of the film noir classic Kiss Me Deadly; a stand-up comedy tour in the LBC, a fiesta and a night dedicated to the contemporary culture of Mexico through music and film. Read on for all the details.

Tonight at the Ford Amphitheatre hosts Hecho en Mexico & Musical Friends—a film screening and music event featuring live performances by Gull, Ximena Sariñana and Sergio Arau. The evening, presented by the Topanga Film Institute, celebrates the rich culture of a contemporary Mexico. Directed by Duncan Bridgeman, the documentary Hecho en Mexico focuses on traditional Mexican music and pop and rock, through a series of interviews and music performances. The music begins at 7:30 pm, followed by the film at 8:45 pm.

The drama Short Term 12—which won the Grand Jury and Audience Award at SXSW Film Festival—opens today. It stars Brie Larson as a 20-something supervising staff member of a foster care facility who has to deal with the troubled kids, her co-workers and longtime boyfriend. This weekend, the ArcLight Hollywood hosts members of the cast and crew for Q&As at certain screenings. At tonight’s 7:45 pm screening, director Destin Cretton and cast members Brie Larson, Kaitlyn Dever, Keith Stanfield and Alex Calloway will be onhand. Tickets: $16.

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The Culver City chocolatier Chocovivo presents a Mini Donut & Chocolate Dipping Nighttonight with several seatings from 6:30 to 11 pm. Lil donuts will each be paired with a specially chosen dipping chocolate. There are even vegan and gluten-free donut seatings. Admission: $22-$27 + fees.

The Echo Park Film Center’s Filmmobile Summer Screening Series brings interesting films to unexpected locations. Tonight at 8 pm, the Filmmobile is showing the film noir classic Kiss Me Deadly (1955) directed by Robert Aldrich and based on a Mickey Spillane Mike Hammer mystery. The film’s intro will be made by Alan K. Rode, Film Noir Foundation. Free. Call 213.484.8846 or Check Twitter @EPFCFilmmobile for tonight's exact location.

Tonight in the LBC, comics Shuli Edgar (Howard 100 News team on Sirius XM Radio) and Maddog Mattern kick off the One Mic Comedy Tour at Cuban Pete's Mojito Lounge. Joining them on the bill tonight are local comics Danielle Stewart and Eli Braden. Tickets: $20, 21+. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8.

Culver City’s Party in the Park—Fiesta La Ballona—begins today and runs through Sunday at Veterans Park, with a little entertainment for everyone. For the kids, there will be carnival rides and games, a petting zoo and pony rides. For the adults, there’s going to be an artisan fare, a wine and beer garden, food trucks and food court and lots of live entertainment. The Fiesta kicks off today at 4 pm (until 10 pm). Free parking can be found at Veterans Park and Sony Pictures Studios. Free admission (food, drink and rides are extra).

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