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Pencil This In: Danny Elfman Talks Music; Don Cheadle on Acting; 'Up All Night' Panel and Radiolab Live

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There's lots of star power in today's event picks: Danny Elfman talks about his Tim Burton collaborations; the cast and creative team of Up All Night talk about the show and each other; Don Cheadle talks about acting and activism; choreographers and dancers gather for night of dance entertainment; and the Radiolab guys talk about being "In the Dark." Read on:

Grammy Award-winning and four-time Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfman hosts a live Q&A tonight at 6 pm at Warner Bros. Records in Burbank. Elfman discusses the upcoming Tim Burton film Dark Shadows, which marks the 14th collaboration between the composer and director. He’ll also discuss the release of the 25th Anniversary Music Box, which contains 16 CDs from the Elfman/Burton film soundtrack library, a bonus DVD, a 250+ page hardcover book, a skeleton key flash drive and more. The Music Box regularly sells for a whopping $499—but there will be 75 signed copies at the event number selling for $399 as well as 100 signed Dark Shadows soundtracks. For those not able to attend, watch the live stream and submit questions online. RSVP:

The Paley Center hosts a screening and panel discussion with the members of the cast and creative team of NBC’s Up All Night tonight at 7 pm. The show follows the trials and tribulations of new parents and their friends as they try to navigate the rocky terrain of adulthood. Expected tonight are cast members Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph as well as show execs Jon Pollack, Tucker Cawley and Caroline Williams. Tickets: $15 general public/$10 Paley Center members.

Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle is in conversation at REDCAT tonight at 7 pm. He’ll discuss the acting profession as well as the intersection of art and politics, often manifested in his support for international humanitarian causes: co-founding Not On Our Watch to end genocide in Darfur and supporting International Rescue Committee relief organization and the Enough Project, working to end crimes against humanity. In 2010, he was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations. Tickets: $10 for the general public.

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Travis Wall, choreographer of So You Think You Can Dance and STEP UP 4, Season 1 SYTYCD winner Nick Lazzarini, along with Teddy Forance (Cirque du Soleil) and Kyle Robinson present Come Together, a one-night only gig of contemporary dance entertainment at the Saban Theater. Curtain at 8 pm. Tickets: $20-$30.

Yes, Snow Patrol is still around, and tonight they play the Palladium, promoting their latest release Fallen Empires. Opening tonight is Ed Sheeran. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $48.35.

The public radio show/podcast Radiolab takes the show on the road tonight at UCLA’s Royce Hall for an evening of rock & roll, science, storytelling, dancing and comedy. Hosted by Jad Abumrad (a 2011 MacArthur Genius) and Robert Krulwich (a veteran science journalist), Radiolab Live: In the Dark also features the dance troupe Pilobolus, comedian Demetri Martin and musician Thao Nguyen. The show explores what it’s like to be “In the Dark” - “from a NASA astronaut’s harrowing experience of being locked out of his space shuttle, to the contrasting, black-and-white approaches to blindness by two sightless men, to the dawn of sight and evolution of the eye.” 8 pm. If you can’t make it tonight, the show runs through Friday. Tickets: $41.90-$61.05.

Got a story about Mom? We bet you do. Test out your storytelling skills atThe Moth tonight at Busby’s East. Prepare a 5-minute true story, put your name in the hat and get ready to step behind the mic. No notes and no standup. 7 pm: Sign up to tell a story, volunteer to be on a judging team or just sit back and listen. The stories begin at 7:30 pm. $16 pre-sale tickets guarantee early admittance, otherwise, $8 at the door (if available). The teller with the highest score becomes the next StorySLAM winner to compete in the next GrandSLAM Championship. 21+ venue.

*Pencil pick of the day

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