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Pencil This In: Wine + Jazz @ Hollywood and Highland, Poetry @ the Hammer

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The LA Convention Center opened its doors about an hour ago for the official start of the E3 Expo, the huge gaming trade show. It runs today until 6 pm and continues tomorrow and Thursday. Game debuts include Shaun White: World Stage, Halo: Reach and The Beatles: Rock Band. Search for #e3 on Twitter if you need the play-by-play.

Richard Howard reads from his poems at the Hammer Museum tonight at 7 pm in conjunction with The Darker Side of Light, an exhibit of 19th century prints that examine the themes of abjection, obsession, privacy and possession. Howard has won many honors including the Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur Fellowship, 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.

Tonight Hollywood & Highland kicks off its summer Wine, Jazz & Moonlight series from 7-9 pm in the Central Courtyard. On the bill tonight is Jose Rizo’s Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars. The event is free to the public (i.e., shoppers) but there’s a $10 wine tasting donation that gets you two glasses of wine and a box of cheese and crackers to enjoy during the performance. Proceeds go to Project Angel Food.

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Tonight Cinefamily and Los Angeles Filmforum present Brian Dewan: Focus(with filmmaker-artist-musician Dewan in person) at 8 pm at the Silent Movie Theatre. The evening brings together hand-painted and lettered filmstrips, accompanied by Dewan’s deep, resonant narration and musical accompaniments. “Themes vary from straight interpretations of Grimm's Fairy Tales to Bible stories (‘Deuteronomy’) to fictional ‘histories’ that are in turn surreal, satirical and hilarious (‘Before the White Man Came’).” Dewan will also perform traditional folk songs and original scores on the autoharp and accordion. General admission $12.

The Spring Festival of World Music and Jazz happens tonight at 7 pm at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall and features the UCLA Jazz Orchestra, directed by Charley Harrison; the UCLA Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Bobby Rodriguez; and the UCLA Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, directed by Kenny Burrell and James Newton. The concert is free and open to the public.

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