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Pencil This In: Trivial Pursuits and Other Happenings

'Steve McCurry: The Iconic Photographs' is on view now at Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica. (Photo: Procession of Nuns Yangon Burma by McCurry)
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As part of the monthly Westwood Live festivities, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura is holding a free screening of Max Bartoli's 2010 film Atlantis Down tonight at 6:30 pm with the director in attendance. In 2025, space shuttles act as a bus service between space stations. In the midst of a routine drop, Atlantis' crew is suddenly transported to an Earth-like planet, with no knowledge of how they got there. Strange things start to happen and survival becomes the prime imperative. Seating in the theater is limited and will be available on a first-come first-served basis.

Tonight at 8 pm, there's an opening reception for The Anthropologist's Urban Land Project at Space15Twenty in Hollywood. The evening will feature a photo projection series by Tim Simmons, who "challenges those traveling in and around Philadelphia and Los Angeles to pause and consider their relationship with the world around them in Urban Land Project." RSVP:

Joy Division's and New Order's bassist Peter Hook is at Amoeba tonight at 7 pm for a signing session for his new album, a live recording of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures. Fans need to purchase the album to get in line and can bring up to three additional items to get signed at his discretion. Hook and The Light will be performing at the El Rey tomorrow night, too.

The Big Quiz Thing—a multimedia trivia experience—takes over M Bar tonight with a $200 grand prize on the line. Do you have an encyclopedic knowledge of TV series finales? Random facts? Trivia? If not, can you make people laugh? You get a smart-ass point if you can and a chance to win the prize without the knowledge. Doors at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 7:30 pm. $10 tickets plus a $10 food minimum.

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Book Soup hosts Janet Reitman who discusses and signs her new book Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion tonight at 7 pm. Reitman offers the first full journalistic history of the Church of Scientology based on five years of research with "unprecedented access to Church officials, confidential documents, and extensive interviews with current and former Scientologists."

*Pencil pick of the day

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