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Pencil This In: Zappa Discussion @TheGrammyMuseum, 'A Thousand Clowns' @Cinefamily and MoCA on Xenakis

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Frank Zappa discussion on tap at the Grammy Museum tonight. | Photo: Zappa Family Trust

Frank Zappa discussion on tap at the Grammy Museum tonight. | Photo: Zappa Family Trust
Tonight at 7:30 pm, the Grammy Museum holds the program S'Talking Zappa, an examination of the life and career of Frank Zappa. The discussion will include audio and visual elements and live music presented by wife Gail Zappa, composer Todd Yvega and drummer Joe Travers. The event will be moderated by Scott Goldman of the Grammy Foundation and include an audience Q&A. Tickets: $10.

"A Thousand Clowns is the best film about comedy ever made," The Sound of Young America's Jesse Thorn told LAist. "It's one of my favorite films of all time." The now out-of-print 1965 film, starring Jason Robards and Barry Gordon, is about a comedy writer who must grow up himself or lose his adopted son (Gordon.) It screens tonight at 8 pm at Cinefamily (Silent Movie Theater). Public radio host Thorn will interview Gordon on stage after a screening. "If you're in comedy, you can relate to Robard's character's struggle -- which is essentially to protect his sense of self, and his sense of play -- while still growing the hell up." The event is free to Cinefamily members, but $10 for everyone else.

Artspace Warehouse opens a pop art exhibition tonight, with new pieces by LA artists Hilary Bond, Courtney Raney and Lucinda Luvaas, photo art by Swiss artist Marco Pittori and works by European artists Christian Manss, Kati Elm and ZanRe. Opening reception—drinks and appetizers—from 6-9 pm.

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There’s an opening reception tonight at 8 pm for Art Los Angeles Contemporary at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. The art fair runs Friday through Sunday. $40 for opening night tix.

USC’s Thornton School of Music Symphony performs new works from resident composition students in its annual concert, tonight at 7:30 pm. Led by Larry Livingston, music director, USC Thornton orchestras, Sharon Lavery, resident conductor, and Donald Crockett, guest conductor, the evening will feature five new works for orchestra. Tickets: $18, $12 for seniors, alumni and non-USC students. Free to USC students. 


Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary is on view through Feb. 4 at LA MOCA. Xenakis the composer is widely recognized as a pioneer in 20th century music, but he was also an architect and artist though little is known about his drawings. Tonight, exhibition co-curator Sharon Kanach discusses Iannis Xenakis at 6:30 pm at MOCA Pacific Design Center. Free; no reservations required.

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