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Pencil This In: Geek Dinner Ignites Tonight; Are Newspapers in Peril?

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Will newspapers live or die? Find out tonight at the Hammer Museum. / Photo of an exhibit at Carmichael Gallery by Lord Jim via LAist's Flickr pool.
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Matthew Sweet and Bangles vocalist Susanna Hoffs head to the GRAMMY Museum tonight to unveil their newest project “Under The Covers Vol. 2,” as part of the Museum’s program “The Drop.”; The duo will take part in an onstage interview, participate in an audience Q&A and perform selections from their new CD. The new release features 16 of their favorite tunes from the 1970s. The event begins at 8 pm, and tickets are $14.95.

The Hammer Museum presents the free program “Stop the Presses: What is the Future of Newspapers?” tonight at 7 pm. Moderated by Ian Masters—writer, filmmaker and host of the radio program Background Briefing on KPFK 90.7FM--panelists include Geneva Overholser, director of the School of Journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, and Jane Hamsher, founder of They’ll discuss the survival of old media outlets in an era when readers, listeners, and viewers can find their own news sources online.

The monthly LA Geek Dinner has teamed up with Girls in Tech LA and Ignite to hold the first Ignite LA tonight at Cinespace in Hollywood. That means speakers get five minutes to give an amazing, inspiring talk. They submit 20 slides which automatically advance every 15 seconds. Other Ignite talks have included: “The Secret Underground World of Lego”; “How to Buy a Car”; and “Hacking Chocolate.” The event is free, but you pay for your own food and drinks. Networking (and a drink special) starts at 6:30 pm and the Ignite talks begin at 8 pm.