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Pencil This In: Getting Over Him In Eight Songs Or Less, Margaret Cho at Largo

Dial H for Hitchcock
Nancy Drew for grown-ups: Author Susan Kandel is at Vroman's tonight.
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Book Soup hosts a discussion tonight at 7 pm on the life and work of Harry Smith, a filmmaker, musicologist, painter, ethnographer, graphic designer, mystic, and “collector of string figures and other patterns.” The event is being held in conjunction with the release of Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular. Book editors will lead the discussion and musician Jim Kweskin, founder of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, will also perform.ANIMATION*
The Cinefamily and animation historian Jerry Beck present the world premiere of the new HBO animated mini-musical Getting Over Him In Eight Songs Or Less, created by Debra J. Solomon. The musical chronicles the “sad but often funny voyage we all must make when love goes south and you have to find your own way.” Solomon will be attending the screening in person and will participate in a post-screening audience Q&A about indie animation, moderated by Beck. The screening also includes some of Solomon’s award-winning shorts. Tickets are $10. (Here’s a tip: use the password “peanuts” at the box office for 2-for-1 tix.)

There are two diverse offerings at the Music Center tonight. Culture Clash’s latest production Palestine, New Mexico, is at the Mark Taper Forum. (Read our review.) Tickets are $20-45. Over at the Ahmanson is the classic musical Mary Poppins--with tunes like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Chim Chim Cheree” won’t leave your head for days. Tickets are $25-$135. Both shows begin at 8 pm.

Tonight at Vroman’s Susan Kandel discusses and signs Dial H for Hitchcock.It’s the latest book in her Cece Caruso series, where the protagonist is a vintage clothes enthusiast, mystery biographer and amateur sleuth. “She called off her wedding, accidentally swapped her cell phone for a stranger’s, and heard the woman get pushed off a cliff when she tried to return the phone. And on top of everything, her new biography on Alfred Hitchcock is late.” 7 pm.

Margaret Cho and friends take to Largo’s Little Room stage tonight at 9 pm. Tickets are $25.

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