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Pencil This In: Raymond Chandler's Westside Explored, 'Two and a Half Men' at PaleyFest and Jack Kerouac's Birthday

Two and a Half Men is in the spotlight tonight at PaleyFest. (Image: Warner Brothers Television)
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It's Monday night, but that shouldn't stop you from going out. Check out these great events happening around town tonight: An illustrated lecture on Raymond Chandler's Westside haunts; the cast of Two and a Half Men in the spotlight at PaleyFest; a reading to celebrate Jack Kerouac's birthday at Skylight Books and a music-packed lineup at It's a School Night. Read on for all the details.

Judith Freeman presents the illustrated lecture A Walk on Raymond Chandler’s Westside tonight at 6:30 pm at the Annenberg Beach House. Freeman is author of The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved, and she’ll discuss many of the places on the Westside that Chandler used in his fiction, as well as the neighborhoods where he once lived with his wife Cissy. Free. Waitlist open. The Beach House docents are available from 5:15-6:15 pm to discuss the Beach House.

Tonight at 7 pm, PaleyFest 2012 continues at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills with the cast and creators of Two and a Half Men. Actors in person tonight: Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones, Conchata Ferrell, Holland Taylor; as well as creators/executive producers Chuck Lorre and Lee Aronsohn. Last year’s events should make should make great fodder for some interesting discussion tonight. Tickets: $20-$75.

It’s a School Nighttakes over Bardot in Hollywood for an evening of live music and DJs. Performing live tonight are Hindi Zahra at 9 pm, Matt Corby at 10 pm, Bleeding Knees Club at 11 pm and Choir of Young Believers with a full band at midnight. Paul Tao DJ closes out the night at 12:30 pm. The night opens with KCRW’s Chris Douridas and Matt Goldman spinning when doors open at 8 pm. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. 9 pm to 2 am.

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Author Gerald Nicosia discusses and signs his book One and Only: The Untold Story of On the Road tonight at 7:30 pm at Skylight Books in celebration of Jack Kerouac’s 90th birthday. Nicosia’s new book, written with Anne Marie Santos, examines the stories of the woman who started Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady on the journey that inspired On the Road.

*Pencil pick of the day

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