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Pencil This In: Eddie Izzard at the Echoplex, WTF Fest at Actor's Gang

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Eddie Izzard is at the Echoplex tonight to benefit 826LA (and its Time Travel Mart). | Photo by Never Cool in School via LAist's flickr pool.

Eddie Izzard is at the Echoplex tonight to benefit 826LA (and its Time Travel Mart). | Photo by Never Cool in School via LAist's flickr pool.
The anti-slavery organization Free the Slaves is holding its Freedom Awards tonight at USC’s Bovard Auditorium at 7 pm. The nonprofit frees slaves around the world, helps them rebuild their lives, researches solutions to the root-causes of slavery, and enlists businesses to clean slavery out of their product and supply chains. The awards provide winners with financial support to continue their work on the issue. Actresses Demi Moore and Camilla Belle, singer Peter Buffett, author Isabel Allende, football great Emmitt Smith, and Olympic Sprinter Maurice Greene are expected to attend and pay tribute to the people working on the frontlines to free slaves worldwide. Entrance to the event is free, but guests will need a ticket to enter. Request here and will be reserved based on availability.


Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard plays the Echoplex for one-night-only show tonight at the Echoplex at 7 pm to benefit the literacy and tutoring nonprofit 826LA. Tickets are $20 (standing) or $25 (seated).

Actor Tim Robbins is artistic director of The Actor’s Gang in Culver City and has helped design the WTF?! Festival, composed of a singer/songwriter series, film talkback series, and a theater and dance series, each curated by Robbins and featuring members and friends of The Actors' Gang. Proceeds benefit outreach programs, such as theater residencies in public schools; a free Summer-in-the Park family theater series; and a theater in prisons program focused on rehabilitation through the arts. Tonight at 8 pm is a screening of Sir! No Sir!--an award-winning documentary that tells the long suppressed story of the GI movement to end the war in Vietnam. Followed by Q&A with filmmaker David Zeiger. This event is free, but RSVPs required. The festival runs until Dec. 19.

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Author James Ellroy (The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz) stops by Skylight Books to promote his latest novel BBlood's a Rover (Knopf). Starting off with a heist in 1968, we hear the book’s another 600-page roller coaster ride. Blood's a Rover is the final novel of Ellroy's Underworld USA Trilogy. His reading begins at 7:30 pm, but get their early.

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