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Pencil This In: Diane Keaton at the Hammer, Miranda July at ALOUD, Sue Grafton at The Grove

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Miranda July discusses her new book at the Central Library tonight. (Video still: 'Things We Don’t Understand and Are Definitely Not Going To Talk About,' 2006)
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It's a literary extravaganza tonight in LA. Diane Keaton discusses her new memoir at the Hammer Museum; Miranda July in conversation about her new book at ALOUD; staged reading of a play by Polish playwright Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk; Sue Grafton signs her latest mystery at The Grove. Read on for all the details.

ART
TAG Gallery opens Wired, a new exhibition by contemporary artist Camey McGilvray today. McGilvray uses her art—wall and freestanding wood and metal sculptures—to “illustrate the frantic pace that often exemplifies present day life and calls attention to our time saving, real time, electronic devices and how they have altered our inter-personal communication.” Playing further with the theme, McGilvray incorporates wire into each of her pieces. The exhibition runs through Dec. 24 with the opening reception on Saturday evening.

READING*
The Hammer Museum welcomes Academy and Golden Globe award-winning actress Diane Keaton—;Annie Hall, Something’s Gotta Give et al— for a reading and discussion of her new memoir Then Again tonight at 7 pm. A Q&A follows the reading. Admission is free with tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.

READING
The Library Foundation of Los Angeles welcomes artist, filmmaker and author Miranda July to the [ALOUD] series tonight at 7 pm. She’ll be in conversation with writer Joshuah Bearman about It Chooses You, her latest work. She traces her adventures in chasing down and meeting random PennySaver sellers in a book that “blends narrative, interviews, photographs and deadpan humor.” At the Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium. Free. Standby only.

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STAGED READING
The Ghost Road Company presents a staged reading of Polish playwright Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk’s play Pantofelnik’s Suitcase tonight at 8 pm at the Atwater Village Theatre. Directed by Katharine Noon, Angelenos get the rare chance to experience her brand of dark comedy in an English translation. A reception follows the reading. Free admission.

LECTURE
Tonight at 6 pm, LACMA presents the program Daoism and the Arts of China with Stephen Little, curator of Chinese and Korean art. He examines the “origins of Daoist philosophy in the late Bronze Age, its transformation into an organized religion, and the role of landscape as a symbol of cosmic structure and process.” Brown Auditorium. Free.

MYSTERY
Mega-selling mystery writer Sue Grafton reads from and signs her book V Is for Vengeance tonight at 7 pm at Barnes & Nobles at The Grove. Grafton’s latest book is the latest Kinsey Milhone mystery that started all the way back with A Is for Alibi. This is a wrist-banded event and the bookstore will began distributing wristbands at 9 am with the purchase of V Is for Vengeance.

*Pencil pick of the day

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