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Pencil This In: School Night with Pop Levi, Documentary and Production Designer Panels and 'Slate's' Meghan O'Rourke at Skylight Books

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Karen O’Hara, set decorator, of Alice in Wonderland is one of the participants in an Academy panel tonight. (Photo: ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
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MUSIC
Once again It’s a School Night takes over Bardot Hollywood tonight with both live performances and DJ sets—for free with RSVP. The evening kicks off at 9 pm with a DJ set by KCRW’s Chris Douridas, live music by Chain Gang Of 1974 at 10 pm and Pop Levi at 11:30 pm. Other DJs include Alex Luke, Beat Connection and Valida. 18+.

DOCUMENTARY PANEL
The International Documentary Association presents the panel discussion Straight Shooting: A conversation with world-class documentary DPs tonight at 7:30 pm at the Cinefamily. Documentary filmmakers/cinematographers face different challenges—some ethical questions, too—when developing a story. Richard Pearce (Hearts and Minds; Food, Inc.) moderates a panel that includes: Joan Churchill, ASC (Aileen Wuornos: Life & Death of a Serial Killer; Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing), James Longley (Iraq in Fragments; Sari’s Mother) and Haskell Wexler, ASC (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf). They’ll talk about the POV of the documentary vs. fictional narrative shooter. Audience Q&A and wine reception following the panel. Tickets: $20, $15 IDA members.

LIT 
Slate writer and poet Meghan O’Rourke reads and signs her memoir The Long Goodbye tonight at 7:30 pm at Skylight Books. The book focuses on her grief after her mother’s death to cancer at age 55 and explores her own journey, mourning rituals, the way memories can lead mourners out of the pain of loss.

FILM TALK 
Curious about film design? Well the Academy of Motion Pictures’s program, The Convergence of Production Design in Live Action and Animation, brings Hollywood’s top designers together for a panel discussion. Kathy Altieri, production designer (How to Train Your Dragon); Scott Chambliss, production designer (Salt); Harley Jessup, production designer (Ratatouille); and Karen O’Hara, set decorator (Alice in Wonderland) talk about the similarities and differences in live action and animation design. 7-10 pm tonight at the Linwood Dunn Theater. Tickets: $10.

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