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Pencil This In: President's Day

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Pickle just about anything at the Machine Project tonight. / Photo by ccarlstead via flickr.

Sure there are a lot of places closed for President’s Day, but nightlife does exist in LA...even tonight:

Roman Polanski’s Chinatown focuses on an intricate water scandal and an even more twisted family backstory. Starring John Huston, Faye Dunaway and Jack Nicholson as Detective Jake Gittes – the city of Angels plays a major part of this nourish classic. The screening is part of the AFI 100 series.

7:30 pm // ArcLight Sherman Oaks // 15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks // $10-$11.50.

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FILM (Option 2)*
Paper Tiger is a nonprofit video collective that has been creating alternative media productions/public access shows for more than 25 years. According to its website, “Through the distribution of our short documentary programs, media literacy/video production workshops, community screenings and grassroots advocacy, PTTV works to expose and challenge the corporate control of media.” Tonight at REDCAT, Paper Tiger’s latest documentary Paper Tiger Reads Paper Tiger Television screens. Following the show, there will be a discussion on the need for independent information apart from mainstream media.

8 pm // REDCAT // 631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles // $9, $7 for students and CalArts alumni, $5 for current CalArts students, faculty and staff.

The Academy for New Musical Theatre presents Twice-Told Tales for one-night only tonight. They’re four short musicals based on the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne (“Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment”), O. Henry (“The Ransom of Red Chief”), Edgar Allen Poe (“The Tell-Tale Heart”) and Mark Twain (“The Mysterious Stranger.”)

7:30 pm // Colony Theatre // 555 N. Third St., Burbank // $10.

Nancy Klehm hosts a pickling workshop as part of the Machine Project’s latest seminar. Bring three empty jars and go home with three jars filled with picked goodness. Using three different methods of pickling: vinegar, wild fermentation and salt brine, the workshop will basically teach students how to pickle anything.

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6 pm // Machine Project // 1200 N. Alvarado St., Suite D, Los Angeles // $85 members and $95 for nonmembers.

The Colburn School’s Chamber Music Society features violinist Ida Levin and Ariana Ghez, principal oboe, LA Philharmonic with Conservatory faculty members Richard Beene, bassoon, and David Jolley, horn.

7:30 pm // Zipper Hall @ the Colburn School // 201 S. Olive St., Los Angeles // $10, $5 for students and seniors.

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