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What to do in L.A. this summer

The American Cinematheque’s Alternative Screen: Independent Film Showcase presents a sneak preview of independent documentary “I Build the Tower” Thursdayat the Egyptian Theater. The film is a biography of the mosaic-covered South Central Los Angeles Watts Towers and the lone man who created them over a 30-year period, Italian immigrant Sabato Rodia. Advance tickets are available on

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The eighth annual Independent Film & Television Alliance’s Production Conference will take place Friday at the Beverly Hills Hotel from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. This year’s conference will focus on the impact of new distribution technologies and content formats on a worldwide basis.

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Four-time Emmy Award winner and 10-time Emmy nominee Louis J. Horvitz returns for his 12th year as director of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, to be broadcast Sunday, Aug. 27, on NBC, from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

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ArtHouse Gallery@TVA opens its new gallery Saturday from 6-10 p.m. at 416 Broadway in Santa Monica. The opening will benefit the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Teen Impact Program, supporting young people with cancer and blood disease.

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Academy for New Musical Theater and State of the ART Prods. will present a producers conference, “The Biz of the Musical Theater Biz,” July 14-16, at the TV Academy at 5628 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. L.A. producers, writers and entertainment attorneys will talk about producing a musical. Participants may pitch a new musical. For registration info, go to

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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation will hold its seventh annual Celebrity Golf Classic Aug. 24 at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes. Tourney celebrity guest host will be Donald Trump. Proceeds will benefit the Television Academy Foundation. For more information, visit

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The third annual Don’t Knock the Rock Film & Music Festival runs June 29-July 2 in Los Angeles. Opening-night gala will feature the world premiere of “Ghost on the Highway: Gun Club Movie.” Michael Des Barres returns as master of ceremonies. For full film descriptions, schedule and ticket information, visit:

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Historic Tours of the Egyptian Theater run Saturday and Sunday. For the total “Old Hollywood” experience, combine the tour with a screening of “Forever Hollywood,” a look at the history of Hollywood. Call (323) 461-2020, ext. 3, for more information.

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Film critic Kevin Thomas has picked 10 favorite films to be screened at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. “It Happened One Night” (today), “A Star Is Born” (Aug.16) and “Gone With the Wind” (Sept. 15) are on the summer calendar. Visit for more information.

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The first aniBOOM Awards are Nov. 1. Fans of animation around the world will be able to vote on their favorite submissions from professional and independent participants. Visit for more information.

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Warner Bros. Consumer Products has begun a partnership with D’Annunzio Group Intl. to create a collection of fine jewelry based on the popular Looney Toons characters. The first to debut will be Tweety, officially launched this month.

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The Red, White & Green Youth Action Campaign, a joint project of the nonprofit and nonpartisan Civil Society Institute and Youth Service America, announces the availability of 60 grants for people ages 15-25 to create community service projects that address the issue of climate change. Click on or call (202) 296-2992, ext. 28.

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The Museum of Television & Radio will salute the animation legacy of Art Clokey in “First of the International Clayboys: Gumby and the Animation Legacy of Art Clokey”in New York and Los Angeles from Friday through Sept. 10. This museum-produced compilation will screen in Los Angeles Wednesdays to Sundays at 1 p.m.

See our Showbiz Calendar for more events.

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