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Pencil This In: Jonathan Gold and Bret Easton Ellis at the Hammer, Poetry at LACMA and Film Marketing Panel at the Egyptiian

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Poet Maggie Nelson reads at LACMA tonight in conjunction with the William Eggleston exhibit. | Photo: Untitled (Orange County) by William Eggleston. Eggleston Artistic Trust, Courtesy of Cheim & Read, New York.

Poet Maggie Nelson reads at LACMA tonight in conjunction with the William Eggleston exhibit. | Photo: Untitled (Orange County) by William Eggleston. Eggleston Artistic Trust, Courtesy of Cheim & Read, New York.
LA Weekly's restaurant critic Jonathan Gold "grills" author Bret Easton Ellis in a public discussion at the Hammer Museum tonight. Ellis has authored six novels including Less Than Zero, American Psycho and his latest novel, Imperial Bedrooms. The two will "share their fascination for Los Angeles, pop culture, and eating." 7 pm. Free, but tickets required (available on a first-come, first-served basis at the museum).

There’s a seminar and panel discussion on social networking and marketing for the film community tonight at 7:30 pm at the Egyptian Theater. Moderated by media strategist Joy A. Kennelly will moderate a panel of experts on social networking and marketing including Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood; American Cinematheque’s Digital Marketing Strategist Margot Gerber; Founder & CEO of MomentFeed, Rob Reed; Digital Lead on the Waiting for Superman campaign Wendy Cohen; and Film Threat founder Chris Gore. Tickets: $20, $15 student/senior. Follow tonight on Twitter: #AMCINSNL

As part of the exhibit William Eggleston: Democratic Camera—Photographs and Video, 1961-2008, poet Maggie Nelson will read from her latest volume Bluets and ruminate on the topic of color through an exhibition walkthrough at 7:30 pm. BCAM, Level 2. It’s a free program, but tickets required.

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There’s a free discussion on The Land Grant Paper Trail at Temescal Gateway Park tonight at 7:30 pm. Chester King, local Topanga Canyon anthropologist, will untangle the history and web of relationships of the early families of the Santa Monica Mountains. He’ll discuss their fascinating family stories and the history of local land grants. Free. Meet in Woodland Hall.

The Moth LA holds its monthly Eastside edition tonight at El Cid. With the theme of “control,” storytellers are asked to prepare a five-minute story on keeping it together, losing your mind or something in between. Reading from notes is not allowed. Hosted by Brian Finklestein, doors open at 6 pm and stories begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 at the door.

Author/illustrator Maira Kalman is at the Skirball Cultural Center tonight for a discussion prior to the opening of the exhibition Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World) at the Skirball tomorrow. The celebrated artist—famous for her New Yorker covers—will talk about her life and work. She’ll be presented in conversation with Ingrid Schaffner, curator of the exhibition and Senior Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. The event is sold out, but there will be at waiting list/standby line beginning at 7 pm. Tickets: $10, $5 students.

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