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Pencil This In: Rock'n'Roll Cabaret at the Fringe, Atom Egoyan at MOCA

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The Rendezvous and the luscious ladies of Cherry Boom Boom at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

The Rendezvous and the luscious ladies of Cherry Boom Boom at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Writers Bloc presents Alan Furst, author of The Spies of the Balkans, who's a master of the espionage genre. He'll be in conversation tonight with screenwriter Dick Clement (The Bank Job) at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $20.

There's a reading tonight at Skylight Books at 7:30 pm for The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Los Angeles. Editor Kevin McNamara and contributors William Alexander McClung, Mark Shiel, William Mohr, Scott Bryson, and Eric Avila will read from their selected pieces in the new anthology LA lit. "This Companion traces the evolution of Los Angeles as the most public staging of the American Dream--and American nightmares."  

The Nashville area got hit with some pretty bad flooding last month, and the area is still recovering. The Grand Ole Echo, Music Menagerie, Tiffany LoweMus and The Echo present a benefit concert tonight with Carlene Carter and Friends, including Dave Alvin, Exene Cervenka, Syd Straw, Seaspin, Damn Sons, Tony Lucca, DJ Travis Keller and a few other surprises tonight at The Echo. The concert proceeds will benefit the Musicares Nashville Flood Relief Fund. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $20. 18+.

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The Rendezvous and the luscious ladies of Cherry Boom Boom take part in the Hollywood Fringe Festival tonight at King King. The evening of rock'n'roll cabaret will be hosted by hosted by Sharon Ferguson with special guest Janette Manrara (as seen on So You Think You Can Dance). The sneak peek starts at 8pm and the show starts up at 9 pm.

MOCA Pacific Design Center presents a screening of the film Ararat (2002, 115 min.), written and directed by Academy-Award nominated director Atom Egoyan and starring Arsinée Khanjian, Christopher Plummer and Eric Bogosian. "The film weaves together tales about a contemporary Armenian family, artist Arshile Gorky, and a tragic part of the history of the Armenian people."The program's presented in conjunction with the exhibit Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective. There's a Q&A with Egoyan after the screening. It's free, and no reservations required.

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