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Pencil This In: 'A Person of Interest' Panel, 'Transparent Cities' at REDCAT, Writer Alain Mabanckou in Conversation

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Tonight in LA, we found a number of film, performance and literature events tonight. At REDCAT, there's a film and audio portrait of LA; the Paley Center welcomes the cast and crew of A Person of Interest; writer Alain Mabanckou is at the Hammer and a one-night only performance by Rogelio Douglas Jr. Read on for all the details.

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The cast and creative team from 'Person of Interest' are at the Paley Center for a panel discussion tonight. (Photo: Michael Muller/CBS ©2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc.)
FILM + MUSIC
REDCAT presents a visual and musical portrait of LA in the program Transparent Citiestonight at 8:30 pm. Layers of sound and image field recordings combined with recorded and live music “offer an eloquent meditation on presence and absence, lived experience and re-presented time.” Collaborators include Madison Brookshire (video), April Guthrie (cello), Michael Pisaro (sound) and Cassia Streb (viola). The performance is preceded by Five Lines, a new film/music composition by Madison Brookshire.

TV*
The Paley Center welcomes the cast and creative team of CBS’s Person of Interest in a panel discussion tonight at 7 pm. Actors Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson and Kevin Chapman and producers Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight) and Greg Plageman (NYPD Blue) talk about the show that focuses on a former CIA agent who teams with a mysterious billionaire Finch (Emerson) to prevent violent crimes. Preceding the panel is a premiere screening of the episode, “Many Happy Returns.” Tickets: $10 for Paley Center members; $15 general public.

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DOCUMENTARY
LACMA screens Burma VJ tonight at 7:30 pm. In 2007, the people of Burma protested against Myanmar's oppressive, 40-year-regime, but the mainstream press were banned from coverage and the Internet was shut down. Anders Østergaard's award-winning documentary is a rare inside look at the uprising through the independent journalist group Democratic Voice of Burma, a collective of 30 anonymous and underground video journalists (VJs) who recorded, smuggled and broadcasted footage of these historic and dramatic events to the world via satellite. A conversation between Professor Robert Buswell, director of the Center for Buddhist Studies, UCLA, and Khen RinpocAhe Lobzang Tsetan, the Abbott of the Tashi Lhunpo Tibetan Monastery in Bylakuppe, India, follows the screening. Tickets: $10.

LIT
The Hammer Museum presents the program Some Favorite Writers: Alain Mabanckoutonight at 7:30 pm. Mabanckou, who currently teaches literature at UCLA, is one of Africa’s major writers and author of six volumes of poetry and nine novels, including Memoirs of a Porcupine. He’ll read from various works and discuss them with series curator Mona Simpson. A book signing follows the reading. Free.

BOOKS
Tonight at 7 pm, Book Soup welcomes author Devan Sipher who discusses and signs The Wedding Beat: A Novel. It’s chick lit in reverse: Gavin Greene is a hopeless romantic and a professional one, writing the wedding column for a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper. He meets a woman at one of his gigs and he’s smitten, but she slips away. He eventually finds her—when he’s assigned to cover her wedding.

PERFORMANCE
Show At Barre presents Rogelio Douglas Jr. One Night Only in A Hip - Rock & Soul Experiment tonight at 8 pm. Douglas Jr., an actor, singer/songwriter, and dancer, works in television, theatre, dance and music. The concert includes guest artist Brenna Whitaker and features a mix of Douglas Jr.’s original music as well as covers of Gavin Degraw, Cee Lo Green, The White Stripes, Jason Mraz, Otis Redding, Joe Cocker and more. Tickets: $10.

*Pencil pick of the day

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