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Pencil This In: Discussions on the Arab Spring, Graphic Novels; Film Talks with Max von Sydow, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill

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A number of literature and film events are happening around town tonight: Author Keshni Kashyap discusses her new graphic novel at USC; actor Man von Sydow takes part in a discussion in between a double feature of his films; Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt discuss Moneyball at LACMA; and Wael Ghonim talks about the Arab Spring. Read on for all the details.


Author Keshni Kashyap discusses her graphic novel 'Tina's Mouth.' (Cover image: Book illustrator Mari Araki).
Tonight at 7 pm, USC presents the program Tina's Mouth and the Art of the Graphic Novel. Filmmaker Keshni Kashyap’s funny graphic novel follows its high school heroine who’s navigating the trials and tribulations of a Spring semester at her SoCal prep school. “In Tina's Mouth, our heroine contemplates her place in the world, what a heavenly and mysterious expanse might be, and what it all means on her path to enlightenment—all before the spring formal.” Also joining the program is the novel’s illustrator Mari Araki. The program will be held in Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240.

The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica holds a double-feature of films starring Oscar nominee Max von Sydow: Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. In the 1957 Bergman film, von Sydow marked his place in the annals of film history by portraying the knight who plays death in a chess match. Von Sydow will be in attendance for a discussion between films. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $11.

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Film Independent’s series at LACMA presents the programMoneyball: A Conversation with Academy Award Nominees Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill tonight at 7:30 pm. Billy Beane, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, film editor Christopher Tellefsen and sound mixer Deb Adair discuss Moneyball, the film based on Beane's basebal career. A screening of the film follows the conversation. Advanced tickets are sold out, but a stand-by line will form at 6:30 pm at the Hammer Building Ticket Office. Tickets $10.

Tonight, the Central Library's ALOUD series presents the special program: REVOLUTION 2.0: The Power of the People is Greater Than the People in Power. Wael Ghonim, one of the key figures behind the uprising in Egypt, has written a new memoir REVOLUTION 2.0: The Power of the People is Greater Than the People in Power. The book examines the Arab Spring in Egypt and his role in helping organize fellow Egyptians through savvy social media. He's in conversation tonight with author Reza Aslan. This program takes place at the Los Angeles Theatre Center at 8 pm. Tickets: $25 / student rates $17.50.

*Pencil pick of the day

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