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Pencil This In: Library Fun, An OC Food Party in Santa Monica (Yep) and More

Works by abstract artist Julienne Johnson are now showing at TAG Gallery in Santa Monica, including 'Untitled # 9,' above. (Photo: Courtesy of TAG Gallery.)
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The third installment of This is Your Library takes place tonight at 7:30 pm at the Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library. It’s a talk show-style event that features “well-known and not so well-known Angelenos talking about what they do, how they do it and what it means to be doing it in Los Angeles, with dj’s, live music, Pink's Hotdogs and full bar.” Guests tonight include TV treasure Huell Howser, art critic and author Chris Kraus, theater artist Diane Rodriguez and special musical guest Amanda Jo Williams. Tickets: $15, $10 Young Literati and Library Associates. $5 concert only.

A couple picks for tonight’s screenings at the LA Film Festival, both at 8 pm. There’s a special screening of Boyz in the Hood—released 20 years ago—at Regal Cinemas at LA Live 1. There’s a Q&A with director John Singleton, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nia Long and other cast members. Tickets: $13. In Regal Cinemas at LA Live 11, there’s a panel discussion Don’t You Know Who I Am with Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine, being interviewed by Leonard Maltin in a quiz show-type format. Rush line tickets available only.

Tonight, the OC moves up the coast for the Stars of California event at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Eight of Orange County’s hottest chefs will present bite-size versions of the best dishes, including Richard Sandoval (Raya), Craig Strong and Casey Overton (The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach), and Jeff Armstrong (Splashes). The foods will be paired with wines from 20 wineries including Hirsch Family Vineyards, Grassini Family Vineyards and Casey Flat Ranch. 6:30-9 pm. Tickets: $140 at the door. The event is limited to 200 guests.

Vroman’s Bookstore hosts two author readings tonight at 7 pm with Grace Krilanovich and Wyatt Doyle, who’ll discuss and sign their respective books The Orange Eats Creeps and Stop Requested. Krilanovich’s debut novel focuses on the '90s Pacific Northwest “refracted through a dark mirror, where meth and madness hash it out in the woods. . . . .” Stop Requested is a collection of naked LA stories marked by “comedy, tragedy, mystery, action and drama...and the occasional musical number.”

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Learn about The World of Native Plants: Food, Medicine, Tools and More at Franklin Canyon tonight at 7-9 pm from Matt Teutimez, of the Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians Indigenous plants were essential to local Native Americans, being used for “food, clothing, tools, weapons, medicine, shelter, trade items, toys and games, artistic expression and spiritual objects that helped maintain a connection to the earth.” Meet at the Sooky Goldman Nature Center.

Skylight Books hosts a reading to celebrate a new art/literary journal The Rattling Wall. Readers and authors include James Greer, Lou Mathews, Jessica Garrison, Kathleen Tyler and Lisa Giaffo.

*Pencil pick of the day

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