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Pencil This In: Murder Ballads at the Echoplex, Panels on Race and Immigration and Ingrid Betancourt at Writer's Bloc

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DISCUSSION 
The Hammer Museum hosts the panel discussion Won't You Be My Neighbor? Race, Class, and Residence in Los Angeles tonight at 7 pm. Exploring race from a residential perspective and social justice concerns, the panel features scholars and community activists George Lipsitz (professor of black studies at UCSB), Marqueece Harris-Dawson (executive director of Community Coalition), Charlotte Brimmer (Project Manager, Community Redevelopment Agency/LA) and Dale Brockman Davis (artist). This panel will be moderated by Naima J. Keith (Curatorial Fellow at Hammer Museum).

TALK
Ingrid Betancourt’s ran for President of Colombia in 2002, but in the midst of the campaign, armed terrorist guerrillas from FARC (Revotultionary Armed Forces of Colombia) kidnapped her and held her hostage for 6-1/2 years in the Amazon jungle. She was tortured and starved. “Chained at the neck, denied medical attention, and exposed to hellacious conditions, Betancourt and her fellow hostages could have died from any number of factors—including punishment from a few failed attempts at escape.” The Colombian military finally tricked the kidnappers into handing over the hostages. She’ll be the featured speaker at Writer’s Bloc tonight at 8 pm. She’ll be talking about her book Even Silence Has An End: My Six Years Of Captivity In The Colombian Jungle. She’ll be in conversation with David Kipen, former Book Critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. Tickets, $20. At the MGM Building in Century City.

MURDEROUS MUSIC*
The New Los Angeles Folk Festival celebrates Halloween early tonight with a Murder Ballads event, featuring Frank Fairfield, Simon Stokes, Boy Scout Jamboree (Spindrift acoustic), Vaud & The Villains, Amanda Jo Williams with Olentangy John and Horse Thieves, Triple Chicken Foot, Driftwood Singers, RT N’ The 44‘s, Julia Holter, Emily Lacy and Henry Wolfe. They’ll be performing killing songs. 8 pm at the Echoplex. Tickets are 8 pm.

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FILM + PANEL DISCUSSION
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration screen the film Welcome to Shelbyville tonight at USC. The film, a documentary about immigrant integration in America’s heartland, “takes an intimate look at a southern Tennessee town as its residents — whites and African Americans, recently arrived Somalis and Latinos who came a decade earlier — grapple with their beliefs, their histories, and their evolving ways of life. Set as Obama is elected and the economy is collapsing, it is a tremendously powerful film about race, immigration, and America.” 7 pm at Seeley G. Mudd Building (Room 124). The film will be followed by a panel discussion of immigrant issues.

*Pencil pick of the day

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