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Pencil This In: Beer Garden at Chaya Downtown, New Orleans in Focus at ALOUD, School Night Rocks and Moth Grandslam

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David Simon, left, creator/executive producer of the HBO series 'Treme,' is at ALOUD at the Central Library tonight. Pictured above with cast member Wendell Pierce, center, and fellow creator/executive producer Eric Overmyer. (Chris Pizzello, file)
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SCHOOL NIGHT MUSIC
It’s a School Night features an evening of both live music and DJ sets at Bardot in Hollywood. On tonight’s bill are DJs Chris Douridas (9 pm), Gayngs (11 pm) and Them Jeans (12:30 am). Live sets by Agnes Obel (10:30 pm) and The Elected at midnight. Free with RSVP. Set times subject to change.

NEW ORLEANS TALK*
The ALOUD series at the Central Library welcomes Eric Overmyer, co-creator (with David Simon) of Treme, HBO’s series about post-Katrina New Orleans. He’ll be in discussion with Josh Kun, USC Annenberg School of Communications, on the city’s unique music and culture as captured on the show. At the Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium. 7 pm. RSVPs are full—standby only.

BEER GARDEN
Staring tonight and through the end of the summer, CHAYA Downtown kicks off its annual Japanese Beer Garden and menu on the restaurant’s patio. Offered every Monday through Friday from 5 pm at CHAYA downtown only. Chef de Cuisine Kazuya Matsuoka’s special menu features Yakitori and Kushiyaki skewers ($2 each) as well as pitchers of Kirin Beer ($15), Asahi Dry, and hard-to-find Japanese craft beers such as Ginga Kogen. Specialty cocktails include a Sake Sangria ($8), weekly sake flights and single-malt Japanese whiskies.

STORY
Winners from the last 10 Moth storytelling events in LA will vie for the championship tonight at the Echoplex. With the theme of "Golden Opportunity," the Moth’s LA GrandSLAM Championship is a battle of wits and words on the good fortune. The evening is hosted by Brian Finkelstein and music will be provided by Alexander Burke on vibraphone and Eban Schletter on theremin. Stories begin at 8 pm. Tickets: $18.

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