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Pencil This In: McSweeney's Launch Party, The Moth Westside, Anna David's 'Reality Matters'

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Finny's tree | Photo by AnnaBannana Veggie via LAIst's flickr pool.


Finny's tree | Photo by AnnaBannana Veggie via LAIst's flickr pool.
FILM TALK
The Reel Talk film series with Stephen Farber screens Micmacs tonight at the Wadsworth Theatre. It’s the latest film from Amelie and A Very Long Engagement director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The film is a whimsical comedy about the battle between a group of misfits and an international arms manufacturer. Director and co-writer Jean-Pierre Jeunet will appear in person.

McSWEENEY’S*
There’s a launch party at 826LA and Stories books in Echo Park for McSweeney's Issue #34 tonight at 8 pm. Pick up your reserved copy of McSweeney's Quarterly ($20+tax), and stay for food, drinks, discussions and signings with contributors Nick McDonell and Teddy Wayne. Musical guest: The Blasting Company! The latest issue weighs in under 400 pages, and comes in its own custom-made double-sleeve. Proceeds from sales go to 826LA.

STORIES
The Westside edition of The Moth storytelling takes place tonight at Air Conditioned Supper Club in Venice. The Moth provides a stage and a microphone, and people are selected to tell--not read--their five-minute stories. These are true stories ripped from the pages of your lives. Tonight’s theme is On the Road. Doors open at 7 pm and the stories start at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7.

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TALK
Proving that there’s nothing to be embarrassed about if you watch reality TV, there’s a release party tonight for Anna David’s new book Reality Matters: 19 Writers Come Clean About the Shows We Can’t Stop Watching at Les Deux tonight at 8 pm. David and some of the book’s authors will give a reading, and some of the celebs they’ve written about will be in attendance including Charlie O’Connell (The Bachelor), Jennifer Gimenez (Sober House), Will Gilbert (The Real World: Hollywood), Mike Malin (Big Brother), and others as they answer audience questions and dish about their steamy behind-the-scenes experiences. This event is free and open to the public.

*Pencil pick of the day

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