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"Networking" is a dirty word for many actors and other industry pros, but successful folks in all businesses will tell you it's a necessity. Luckily two events in this week's Skinny make the process as painless as possible with delicious meals and easy access to several very powerful people. Or you can just check out a long-lost classic for less than $10 and a critically acclaimed play for less than $20.

Duras Discovered

Fans of French film and fiction will want to be in line at REDCAT when the arts center screens India Song, a film directed by novelist and playwright Marguerite Duras on Mon., Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. This sensual drama, featuring Lebanese actor Delphine Seyrig, garnered Duras France's Cinema Academy Grand Prix in 1975. Duras directed 16 films but is best-known as the author of 73 plays and more than 40 novels, including The Lover, The English Lover, and Destroy, She Said. REDCAT is in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex at the corner of West Second and South Hope streets. Tickets are $8 for the general public, $6 for students, $4 for CalArts students and staff, and can be purchased at the box office or at redcat.org.

Network in the Morning

If you'd like a croissant with your networking, head down to the The Hollywood Networking Breakfast™ at Paramount Studios on Thu., Oct. 27. Sponsored by nonprofit Changing Images in America, the event is held on the last Thursday of every month and provides access to some of Hollywood's most powerful players. This month's speaker is John Sacret Young, Emmy-nominated writer-director-producer of The West Wing, China Beach, and Romero, and winner of the WGA Humanitas Prize. Attendees can also enter to win a one-on-one meeting with Sacret. Check-in begins at 7:20 a.m., breakfast is 8-10:30 a.m. On-time reservations are $30, pre-confirmed late reservations are $35, and walk-ins are $40. To make reservations, call (323) 465-9800 or visit www.changingimagesinamerica.org.

Network in the Afternoon

If you haven't run out of business cards and are up for more networking, check out Women Helping Women™ "In the Loop" Power Luncheon Schmoozefest on Fri., Oct. 28, from noon to 3 p.m. Sponsored by Hollywood Global Entertainment Network, the luncheon will feature a panel discussion on "Working, Networking, Navigating, and Surviving (in) Hollywood," including Elizabeth Guber Stephen, president of Mandalay Television and executive vp of Motion Picture Production at Mandalay Pictures; Andrea Nelson-Meigs, Creative Artists Agency motion picture talent agent; Liz Sarnoff, Emmy-nominated writer-producer of Deadwood and Crossing Jordan; Beth Klein, senior vp of casting at Viacom Productions and Showtime Networks; and Dee Wallace Stone, co-star of E.T., Cujo, and current TV show Sons and Daughters. The event will take place at the Wyndham Bel Age Hotel, 120 N. San Vicente Blvd., in West Hollywood. Early bird reservations are $75 (valet parking at the hotel is $5). For reservations, meal choices, opportunities to network one-on-one with the panelists, and other information, go to hgenonline.com/events_hgen.asp or call (323) 465-9800.

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