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Pencil This In: Monthly Mindshare, Wagner's Ring Discussed at MOCA

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Banksy at 9th & Broadway. | Photo by jjoves via LAist's flickr pool.

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The Custom Hotel near LAX partners with Otis College of Art & Design for a free outdoor screening of the Oscar-winning documentary film The Cove the hotel’s Hopscotch Pool Bar & Grill tonight at 7 pm. It’s part of Otis College’s continuing “Movies that Matter” screening series and features a special Q&A with guest Crystal Galbraith of the Oceanic Preservation Society. Free popcorn and a cash bar. Free parking at Otis OR $10 Valet at Custom Hotel.
Tonight, Zócalo presents The Next Financial Meltdown with Simon Johnson at NPR West at 7:30 pm. Despite the financial crisis, six “megabanks” still rule the financial markets. Johnson, co-author of 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown, explains why "big banks and the ideology of unfettered finance still endangers us today, and what we can do to avoid another meltdown." Free parking is available on-site behind the building. 7:30 pm.


Tonight’s monthly Mindshare meetup features a number of speakers including Douglas Campbell, Co-Founder of Mindshare LA & Syyn Labs, on "Volcanoes, Earthquakes and the Driest Desert in the World"; Gerard Minakawa, founder, Bamboo DNA, on "Building with Bamboo, A World Changing Material"; Richard Metzger, Brand X presents, on "The Infinite Mind of Artist Paul Laffoley." In addition there will be performances by Boom Boom Boom, DJ Kevin Greene and installations by the great minds of Syyn Labs. Two food trucks on the premises from 6:45pm onwards: and At Club 740, tickets $30. 7 pm.

EM & Co presents the fashion drawings of Justin John Greene in Avant-Odd, in his first solo exhibit in Los Angeles. The show combines “elements of couture fashion sketching with a sense of the grotesque, in order to create an uneasy balance or expectations; a more complex notion of beauty.” The opening reception tonight from 7-10 pm features cocktails, appetizers and music by DJ Gabriel Diggs.

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Writer’s Bloc presents an evening with David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, in conversation with MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell. Remnick has written a biography of President Barack Obama. The Bridge:The Life and Rise of Barack Obama includes interviews with Obama, his family, political colleagues and rivals, even controversial figures Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and activist Bill Ayers, as well as Obama's close associates. 7:30 pm at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Tickets: $20.

MOCA Grand Avenue presents From Nietzsche to Star Wars: The Wagnerian Power of "The Ring" tonight as part of LA Opera’s Ring Festival LA. A panel takes on themes and symbols of "The Ring" that have permeated 20th-century literature, philosophy, psychology, and even movies and cartoons. Panelists include: Leo B. Braudy, university professor and Leo S. Bing chair in English and American literature and professor of English, USC; Roberto Ignacio Diáz, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese and comparative literature, USC; John P. Nuckols, vice president, advancement, LA Opera; and John Carlos Rowe, associates chair in humanities and professor of English and American studies and ethnicity, USC. Free. Tickets available at the MOCA box office; no reservations required. 7 pm.

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