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Pencil This In: Ultra Happy Hour, Last Laugh for Autism, Short Films, and Taste of Downtown Long Beach

Still from "Kill Me Deadly," Darrett Sanders' and Bill Robens' short film. Photo via Facebook.
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We found plenty to do in L.A. tonight. Check out short films by local directors at the Egyptian Theatre, laugh for a good cause at the Laugh Factory, or rock out to Ava Luna at the Echo. You can also taste samples from restaurants in downtown Long Beach, indulge in Lexington Social House's happy hour, or listen to author Charles Yu read his humorous short stories. Read on for details.

The Egyptian Theatre presents a Local Shorts Program in which eight documentary, animation, comedy, and drama shorts from L.A.-based directors will be shown. Shorts include Rider and Shiloh Strong's "Method", a comedy about a struggling actress; "The Seventh Room," director Elizabeth Willy's animation that explores different rooms in a house; and "Kill Me Deadly," Darrett Sanders' and Bill Robens' homage to film noir. Filmmakers Kirsten Vangsness, Bill Robens, Jen McGowan, Darrett Sanders, Ondi Timoner, Rider Strong, and Shiloh Strong will participate in a discussion after the screenings. 7:30pm. $11.($9 for students and seniors, Free for Cinematheque members).

Method Trailer from The Strong Brothers on Vimeo.

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The Laugh Factory will let you laugh for a good cause tonight: Jenny McCarthy's Generation Rescue, a non-profit organization that searches for a cure for autism, will host Last Laugh for Autism. Comedians Brad Wollack, Ryan Basford, Ben Gleib, Ali Wong, and Zack Peter will perform. Proceeds go to Generation Rescue. 7pm. Tickets are $27.37.

Foodies should head over to Downtown Long Beach tonight for the East Village Arts District Taste of Downtown, which runs through tomorrow. Sixteen participating restaurants and businesses will offer sample sizes of their meals, drinks, and sweet confections for a few tickets, which can be purchased on the event's site. You can scoop up a sample of assorted desserts from Creme de la Crepe, try Utopia's Samba Salmon, and taste District Wine's Herbed Meatballs in Panesco Sauce for 3 tickets each. Click here for the complete list of participating eateries. The Long Beach Caravan Trio will provide live music, and there will be live art demonstrations by Jeremy West of Primal Flower and mobile art class company Brushstrokes and Beverages. The East Village is located on 1st Street between Linden and Elm. 6-9pm. 12 tickets for $10.

Ava Luna, a band with post-punk, indie, and soul sounds, play the Echo tonight with openers Bobby Birdman and Moonpearl. 18+. 8:30pm. Tickets are $8-$10.

Lexington Social House will host its Ultra Happy Hour this evening. Take advantage of $5 selected wines and half-off red and white wines, special cocktails, snacks, and sides. No RSVP required. 1718 Vine St. 5:30-8pm.

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Author Charles Yu will read and sign "Sorry Please Thank You," his collection of humorous and satirical short stories, at Skylight Books. Stories include tales of fighting zombies and a company that outsources grief so clients don't have to deal with their own emotions. 7:30pm. Free with purchase.

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