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Pencil This In: Haiti Benefit Reading at the Geffen, New Artist in Residence at the Annenberg Beach House

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Winter at the Getty. | Photo by alflauren via LAist's flickr pool

Winter at the Getty. | Photo by alflauren via LAist's flickr pool
The need in Haiti continues, so tonight an all-star cast has joined together for a special benefit reading of 110 Stories at The Geffen Playhouse. New York playwright Sarah Tuft, has weaved more than 30 personal, first-person stories. Narrator Nic Harcourt will be joined by Katharine McPhee, Ed Asner, Michael Welch, Sharon Lawrence, Michael Beach, Diane Venora, Maria Conchita Alonso, Ernie Hudson, Gail O Grady, Nick Turturro,  Malcolm Jamal Warner, Sophie Sinise and others. 8 pm. Tickets are $57-$83. Proceeds benefit Haiti relief efforts.

Joel Kotkin discusses and signs The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050 tonight at 7 pm at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena. Kotkin posits that by the year 2050, the US population will reach 400 million people, transforming how we all live, work and prosper.

Lauren Weedman hosts the monthly Westside edition of The Moth storytelling competition at the Air Conditioned Supper Club tonight. Prospective yarn-weavers are asked to prepare 5-minute true stories on the theme “traditions.” Remember the rules: No standup, no notes. Doors at 7 pm. Stories at 7 pm. Tickets $7

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Author Gabriel Thompson spent a year working menial jobs alongside Latino immigrants who “initially thought he was either crazy or an undercover immigration agent.” He presents his book Working In The Shadows tonight at 7 pm at Book Soup. Thompson examines the underside of the American economy telling the stories of both undocumented and US citizens who are forced to try to survive doing back-breaking work for $8 an hour.

Drop by the Annenberg Community Beach House tonight from 6:30-8 pm for a meet/greet/talk by the Beach House’s latest Artist in Residence, choreographer Holly Rothschild. She’ll be choreographing a new site-specific piece to take place at the Beach House during her nearly three-month residency. Come at 5:15 pm for a tour and history of the House. Reservations required.

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