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Pencil This In: 'Pretty in Pink' Free Screening, Restaurants for Japan Relief and Author James Lasdun at the Hammer

The Hollywood Roosevelt hosts a food fest/benefit tonight for Japan. (Photo by Clint McMahon via LAist's flickr pool.)
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There’s a free, outdoor screening of Pretty in Pink tonight in honor of the film’s 25th Anniversary tonight with director Howard Deutch and Jon Cryer in person. They will do a intro and Q & A before the film starts. The free flick also celebrates the just-announced line-up of the upcoming LA Film Festival (June 16-26). Pink beer and wine garden opens at 5 pm and the screening begins at 7 pm at Nokia Plaza at LA Live. Guests who arrive in 80s outfits will get two vouchers to the LA Film Festival. (And we just had to post our favorite song off the soundtrack, above.)

Public Kitchen and Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel headlines a benefit—Restaurants for Relief—a food fest for Japan tonight from 7-11 pm. Attendees will be Invited to enjoy cocktails and special cuisine created by Nobu Matsushisa, Wolfgang Puck, Mako Tanaka, Hideo Yamashiro and Tim Goodell. General admission is $40 (includes two drink tickets and all you can eat); open bar for $100, and all-access VIP for $300 with tickets to the after-party.

The Hammer Museum holds its Some Favorite Writers series tonight with James Lasdun (author of novels The Horned Man and Seven Lies). His most recent book is the short story collection It’s Beginning to Hurt. This series is organized by Mona Simpson, author of My Hollywood, Anywhere But Here, and Off Keck Road. Tonight’s reading will be followed by a discussion betweemn Lasdun and Simpson. Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6 pm.

Chamber Music Palisades, a chamber music series that presents both traditional and contemporary works, ends its 2010-11 season tonight at St. Matthews Parish in Pacific Palisades at 8 pm. Tonight’s program includes a new trio for alto flute, English horn and bass clarinet, called Trio Auxilio, by Damian Montano and Beethoven's landmark String Trio in G Major, Op. 9 #1. Tickets: $30.

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