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Pencil This In: 'Happy Endings' at the Paley Center, Harry Shearer at Amoeba and School Night Rock

Harry Shearer get serious for his documentary 'The Big Uneasy.' There's a DVD signing at Amoeba tonight. (Photo from the film's website.)
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It's exceptionally busy on LA's event front tonight, which is kind of surprising before Labor Day Weekend, but we're not complaining. Cast and creative team from ABC's comedy Happy Endings talk about the show at the Paley Center; Harry Shearer signs his Hurricane Katrina documentary at Amoeba; it's a bluegrass jam session at the Ford; and Station at the W Hollywood screens This Is It for Michael Jackson's birthday. Read on for the details and other events around town.

Cast and crew from the relatively new ABC show Happy Endings head over to the Paley Center tonight at 7 pm for a screening and discussion about the show. Expected to appear are: Zachary Knighton, Eliza Coupe, Damon Wayans Jr., Casey Wilson, Adam Pally and Elisha Cuthbert. Tickets: $20, $15 for Paley Center Members.

Harry Shearer (of The Simpsons, Christopher Guest films and KCRW fame) will be at Amoeba tonight at 7 pm to sign copies of his documentary The Big Uneasy (2010). It's an investigative film about how and why the city of New Orleans flooded during hurricane Katrina. The signing's timely as today marks the sixth anniversary of the storm that destroyed the Crescent City.

There's an opening reception at 7 pm tonight for Attack of the Show Art Show at Meltdown Comics. This year's theme is Internet Viral Videos, so you'll get to see some artistic tributes and renderings of some cultish classics like David going to the dentist or Antoine Dodson. Free.

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It’s a School Night tonight and that means an evening of live music and DJs at Bardot in Hollywood. On the bill: THENEWNO2 at 9:30 pm; The Submarines at 10:30 pm; Unknown Mortal Orchestra at 11:30 pm; special DJ set by KCRW's Dan Wilcox at midnight. Free with RSVP.

Tonight’s J.A.M. Session at the Ford Amphitheatre is a bluegrass open-mic night.
Instrumentalists or vocalists can join a “band scramble,” with the Bluegrass Association of Southern California. The Ford asks that you a bluegrass instrument and/or your voice and sit back and see what happens. The session is free, but reservations are required and can be made online or call the Ford Box Office at 323.461.3673 to avoid handling fees. 7 pm.

Amoeba’s Monday night movies continue at Space15Twenty with a screening of the history of the Foo Fighters in Back and Forth at 8 pm. And Station at the W Hollywood, celebrates what would have been Michael Jackson's 53rd birthday with a screening of This Is It at the Monday Night Movies series from 8-11 pm.

*Pencil pick of the day

Want more events? Follow me on Twitter (@christineziemba). Or follow Lauren Lloyd—who takes care of Pencil on Wednesdays (@LadyyyLloyd).

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