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The Thursday night Twilight Dance Series continues tonight in Santa Monica. / Photo by LAist flickr pool contributor Jonathan Alcorn (aka Sundogg).

FILM TALK: Director Wayne Wang will discuss his films Princess of Nebraska (2007) and Chinese Box (1997) in between a double-feature screening of the two, beginning at 7:30 pm at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Princess is a new film where Wang examines the young generation of China, following “24 hours in the life of Sasha, a young Chinese woman who is four months pregnant and travels to San Francisco to have an abortion and confront her lover's male friend.” And you may remember Jeremy Irons in Chinese Box as a Brit ex-Pat in love with two women in Hong Kong before the handover to China.

GUITAR TALK: As you read earlier, LAist is a big fan of Santa Monica’s Truetone Music. Tonight at 6, Truetone hosts Gretsch Company President Fred W. Gretsch, and his limited-edition Gretsch 125th anniversary guitars. There’s also a scheduled performance by world-renowned fingerstyle guitar player Bobby Gibson. This free event is for musicians and music lovers of all ages. Everyone who attends will receive a free Gretsch gift.

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PERFORMANCE: There’s a free show tonight with The Fun Years with Deru at 7 pm at UCLA Broad Art Center (Inside Richard Serra's "T.E. UCLA" Torqued Ellipse Sculpture). “A duo of turntable and baritone guitar, The Fun Years have disguised their instruments with atmospheric textures comprised of obscure samples and blissful repetition. The result is a stream of audio magma, filled with dreamy sound washes and subtle phrases that effortlessly tumble over one another.”

DANCE: The Twilight Dance Series at the Santa Monica Pier begins at 7 tonight with a free performance by Oliver Mtukudzi and Rocky Dawuni who'll play AfroPop from Zimbabwe and Ghana.

FILM*: Sometimes shorter is better. And to prove that point, the HollyShorts Film Festivalreturns for the fourth time with "short-attention-span masterpieces from around the globe." Kicking off tonight with an opening-night party at the Egypian, the festival continues throughout the weekend. Tonight's screening is $10 and begins at 7:30 pm. On the schedule: Hole in the Paper Sky by Bill Puple; Nosebleed by Jeff Vespa; The Outlaw Emmett, Deemus by Stephan S. Fleet; Red Princess Blues Animated: The Book of Violence by Dan Cregan; Verboten by Martin Keegan and X by Josh Brolin.