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Pencil This In: Digital Hollywood Begins Today, Benson Interrupts at Largo

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Feels like fall in LA. Except when it doesn't. / Photo unicornrockstar via LAist's flickr pool.

Feels like fall in LA. Except when it doesn't. / Photo unicornrockstar via LAist's flickr pool.
Today marks the start of the four-day Digital Hollywood Fall at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica. There are waayy too many panels and speakers to mention, since the conference has multiple tracks on each day. But trust us, there are a lot of good sessions on the very long agenda. Tickets are $95-$300. If you can’t make it, then follow dhollywood on Twitter feed or the hashtag #DH09.

Tonight’s the Hollywood Web Television Meetup and Tubefilter present Going LIVE! a panel discussion and mixer about what it takes to pull off a successful live television show on the web, especially with platforms like UStream,, Stickam and Livestream. Panelists include Drew Baldwin (The Streamy Awards); Bismarck Lepe (Ooyala); Tyler Crowley (Mahalo Daily); Brian Gramo (; and Hailey Bright (Coin-Op TV Live). The panel starts at 7:30 pm and the mixer follows at 8:45. Unfortunately, there are only a few mixer tickets left. The event’s held at Busby's East in Mid Wilshire.

Tonight, Largo presents The Benson Interruption starring Doug Benson with Adam Carolla, Paul F. Tompkins and other surprise guests. it's a show where comedian Doug Benson (SUPER HGIH ME, The Marijuana-logues, VH1's Best Week Ever, Last Comic Standing) invites his fancy friends to the stage for some “standup,” but then interrupts whenever he feels like it. Showtime 9pm, tickets $20.

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TALKZócalo welcomes James Ellroy, the author of the bestselling L.A. Quartet novels — The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, LA Confidential, and White Jazz — talks about his latest novel Blood’s a Rover that explores the explosive 1960s. The evening’s going to be moderated by Helen Knode, former film critic and feature writer, LA Weekly; and Ellroy’s ex-wife. Should be interesting. The event starts at 7 pm at the Hammer Museum. Free, but reservations suggested.

Tonight REDCAT presents Sun Xun: The Dark Magician of New Chinese Animation.Though not a household name, Sun Xun is an interdisciplinary Chinese artist who’s being hailed for both his animation and fine art. He’ll be in attendance tonight to screen a program of shorts ranging from a witty experiment in body art to the creation of an expansive imagistic world that evokes China's checkered voyage toward technological and political modernity. Tonight at 8:30 pm. $9 (students $7, CalArts $5).

*Pencil pick of the day

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