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Pencil This In: ALOUD @ Central Library, Digital Hollywood Conference and the Mayor's Boyle Heights Town Hall

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The Young Literari take over ALOUD @ Central Library program tonight. / Photo by Matt McGrath Photography via LAist's flickr pool.

The Young Literari take over ALOUD @ Central Library program tonight. / Photo by Matt McGrath Photography via LAist's flickr pool.

TALK*
ALOUD at Central Library hosts a conversation with Reza Aslan, cofounder and creative director of BoomGen Studios as well as the Editorial Executive of Mecca.com and journalist Amy Wilentz for Young Literati Members tonight at 7 pm. They’ll talk about “launching a revolution in the way we understand - and confront - radical Islam.” After the program, join both authors and Young Literati members for an intimate gathering, including cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at Café Pinot. (ALOUD Program is open to the public, the post-program cocktails are limited to current Young Literati members.)TOWN HALL
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa continues his dog and pony showKeep LA Working” tour in Boyle Heights tonight to discuss how to best solve the budget crisis and protect vital city services. The mayor’s budget, which closes a $530 million deficit for the upcoming year, proposes to maintain police buildup and gang reduction efforts while preventing as many as 2,800 layoffs through shared responsibility and sacrifice by all city employees.Tonight’s meeting begins at 5:30 pm at Our Lady of Talpa Church.

CONFERENCE
Digital Hollywood takes over the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel today through Thursday. Networkers and execs from the film, TV, telecommunications and Web-based media can choose from several tracks. Keynote speaker at 6 pm tomorrow is Jimmy Wales, founder, Wikipedia.org. All-access registration is $735 and $435 for one-day pass. to see the exhibits only is $25. There are special discounts for the un- and underemployed.

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EXPERIMENTAL FILM
REDCAT presents “William E. Jones: Le Grand Mash Up” tonight at 8:30 pm. The experimental filmmaker will be on hand to discuss “his collection of embezzled French soundtracks (Isidore Isou, Godard) and vintage gay pornography.” The program also screens “Discrepancy” (2008, 9:30 min., shown as a two-screen event) and ends with “The Fall of Communism as Seen in Gay Pornography” (1998, 19 min.). A series of shorts explores “the gaps between images, the erotics of montage, the elusive poetry of desiring bodies, and the banality of repression.” Tickets are $5-$9.

READING
The Hammer Museum continues its “New American Writing” series with Verlyn Klinkenborg tonight at 7 pm in a program originally scheduled for March 25. Klinkenborg is the author of Making Hay (1986), The Last Fine Time (1991) The Rural Life (2003), and Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile (2006). The program is free, but seating is on a first come, first served basis. Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6 pm.


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