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Pencil This In: Bogart's The Big Sleep at the Hammer and Zombie flick Night of the Comet in DTLA

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Ghostly image from the past by Orispace.David via LAist's flickr pool.

Ghostly image from the past by Orispace.David via LAist's flickr pool.

The Downtown Independent screens the 1984 zombie-comedy-horror flick Night of the Comet tonight at 9:30 pm. Two Valley girls survive a comet’s obliteration of most of the planet--except for the zombies that are left behind. It’s up to them to fight ‘em off while finding other survivors. There’s a special appearance tonight by one of the Valley Girls: Kelli Maroney.TALK
[Aloud] at the Central Library presents Sapphire on Rewriting the American Dream.Her fiction, poems and essays have taken on the “myths and assumptions of class, gender and race in America.” She’ll talk about her work, including bringing Push to the big screen as Oscar nominated Precious and her latest novel. The discussion will be moderated by Brighde Mullins, director of the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC. 7 pm. The event is full, but you might try your luck with standby.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, Hugh Hefner's Essential Bogart series continues with the Howard Hawks-directed detective movie The Big Sleep (1946). As detective Philip Marlowe, Bogart “bends the law in the Los Angeles night; but the sexually loaded banter between Bogart and Lauren Bacall is erotic in extremis...” The screening is at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater. Tickets are $10.

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REDCAT screens several short films of experimental filmmaker Julie Murray, who uses both found and original footage to create “paradoxical universes” rife with ambiguous meanings. Comprising all 16mm films, tonight’s program features Murray’s latest work, ELEMENTs (2008, 7 min.). Tickets $9, $7 students and $5 for CalArts students, faculty and staff. 8:30 pm.

Jakob Dylan sits in the hot seat at the Grammy Museumtonight at 8 pm He’ll talk about his latest recording, Women and Country, which was produced by T-Bone Burnett, who produced the Wallflowers’ 1996 breakthrough album Bringing Down the Horse. Dylan will also be joined by Neko Case and Kelly Hogan, who provide back-up vocals on eight of the album’s 11 tracks. After the discussion, there will be time for audience Q&A and a little music. Doors 7:30 and tickets are $18. This event is now sold out.

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