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Pencil This In: Sneak Peek of Julie & Julia at LACMA, Penny Carnival in Glendale

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French landscape exhibit opens at the Getty Center today. / Photo by el daverino via LAist's flickr pool.

French landscape exhibit opens at the Getty Center today. / Photo by el daverino via LAist's flickr pool.
There's a preview screening of Julie & Julia tonight at 7:30 pm at LACMA’s Bing Theater. Nora Ephron’s comedy intertwines the true stories of two women: Julia Child (Meryl Streep) in the 1950s and Julie Powell (Amy Adams), a Brooklyn secretary who blogs about making the 564 recipes in Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 365 days. Says LACMA: “Though separated by time and space, Julie and Julia both discover that the right combination of passion, fearlessness, and butter makes anything possible.” Tickets: $10 nonmembers; $5 members

Now this is a recession buster: The Glendale Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is holding a one-day "penny carnival" today until 5 pm at Montrose Park (3529 Clifton Place). The carnival includes games, face painting, balloons, popcorn and snow cones for 5 to 25 cents.

“Capturing Nature’s Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscape”; is a new exhibit that opens today at the Getty Center, drawing from the Getty’s drawings collection and includes the work of Nicolas Poussin, Claude Lorrain, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Vincent van Gogh, Camille Pissarro and others. The Getty is open until 5:30 pm today, and while admission is free, parking is $15. The exhibit runs until Nov. 1.

Alison Rose Jefferson presents “Hidden Stories in Santa Monica: African American Beach Culture at the Site Controversially Known as 'the Inkwell'” tonight from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Annenberg Community Beach House: Garden Terrace Room. There’s a marker along Ocean Front Walk at the end of Bay Street in Santa Monica that commemorates the Jim Crow era beach site used by African Americans as a gathering place and Nick Gabaldon, the first identified surfer of African American and Mexican descent. Jefferson talks about the area’s hidden history. THIS EVENT IS AT CAPACITY.

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The Hammer Readings: New American Writing series presents author Franciso Goldman at the Hammer Museum tonight at 7 pm. His first novel, The Long Night of White Chickens, won the 1993 Sun Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and his second, The Ordinary Seaman (1997), was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and The Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The event is free and open to the public.

If you’re more craft brew than Bud, then head over to Speakeasy Brewery Night at The Blue Palms Brewhouse. They’re featuring beers: Big Daddy, Prohibition, White Lighting, Untouchable Pale Ale, Barrel Aged Porter (Bourbon barrel aged) 10%, RumRunner Rye, Double Daddy. John Gilooly the new brewmaster, from San Francisco's Speakeasy Brewery will be in attendance.

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