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Pencil This In: Thomas Dolby at Largo, Seth Grahame-Smith's 'Unholy Night' and Pro'jekt LA Installment

Author Seth Grahame-Smith is at Book Soup tonight to discuss 'Unholy Night.'
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Tuesday night is hopping in LA. We're particularly excited about Thomas Dolby's Time Capsule Tour making a stop at Largo; Seth Grahame-Smith, the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire author reads and signs his latest book Unholy Night; projections poolside at the Standard, Hollywood; poetry with the Tuesday Night Project in Little Tokyo; and more. Read on for all the details.PERFORMANCE
Thomas Dolby’s Time Capsule Tourstops for two shows tonight at Largo. He’ll mix music in sci-fi in promoting his latest album A Map of the Floating City and the transmedia game he co-designed. He’s bringing with him the Time Capsule—a chrome- and brass-plated road trailer that seats three. Fans will be able to step into the capsule and make their own produced and effected digital 30-second video clip, which will be viewable on the new YouTube channel Shows at 8 and 10:30 pm tonight. Tickets: $25.

Seth Grahame-Smith, author of the bestselling book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, presents and signs his latest work, Unholy Night, at Book Soup tonight at 7 pm. It’s a dark, revisionist look at the Three Kings of the Nativity, who are infamous thieves in Grahame-Smith’s world, led by the dark, murderous Balthazar. The three wise men fight the last magical creatures of the Old Testament and cross paths with biblical figures like Pontius Pilate and John the Baptist, while delivering a family from King Herod’s wrath.

The Standard, Hollywood and the Lucie Foundation host the program PRO'JEKT LA: Part Three to celebrate Month of Photography LA. Curated by Stephanie Gonot, Projections will be screened poolside and feature the work of more than two dozen photographers and artists. Free drinks provided by Tito's Vodka and Izze from 7-8pm. RSVP at: to attend.

The Hammer Museum presents another installment of Some Favorite Writers with author Denis Johnson tonight at 7 pm. Johnson, author of nine novels, three collections of poetry and one book of reportage, will read from his works. His latest novella Train Dream was a New York Times Notable Book for 2011 was one of The Economist’s 2011 Books of the Year, and one of NPR’s 10 Best Novels of 2011. A discussion with curator Mona Simpson follows the reading.

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The Tuesday Night Projectin Little Tokyo presents an evening of poetry to celebrate National Poetry Monthy at 7:30 pm in Aratani Courtyard/Union Center for the Arts. Featured performers are Audrey Kuo, Dawen, forWord, Mike the Poet, Cold Tofu, and Zulay and Allan. Parking is available for a $3 flat rate after 5 pm across the street at the Aiso Street Parking Lot.

The Moth’s Eastside edition holds its storytelling evening at Los Globos on Sunset at 7:30 pm tonight. With the theme “Silver Lining,” storytellers are asked to prepare a five-minute story about the bright side of life. No reading from notes and no stand-up. Doors open at 7 pm. $8 at the door or $16 in advance (guarantees early-admittance entrance).

The Getty continues the film series Fred Zinnemann: Cinema of Resistance with a screening of the director’s most famous film, High Noon, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. The film was caught up in controversy when it was made, with several crew involved with the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings, as well as the 30-year age difference between Grace Kelly and Gary Cooper. Despite its history, the film remains one of the great westerns of American film. A conversation with director Fred Zinnemann's son, Tim Zinnemann; Gary Cooper's daughter, Maria Cooper Janis; and Getty scholar Jennifer Smyth follows the screening. **We just found out that this screening is now sold out.**

*Pencil pick of the day

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