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Pencil This In: Gregg Allman in Conversation; 'Chicago' Opens; A Fracking Discussion, and Greg Proops

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Here's what's going on around town tonight: Rocker Gregg Allman talks about his new memoir and we bet he has a few stories to tell. Chicago opens for a two-week run; Greg Proops is at NerdMelt; and the Hammer Forum takes on fracking and the environment; and David Eagleman and Susan Orlean are at ALOUD. Read on for all the details:

DISCUSSION*
Tonight at 8 pm at the Aero Theater, Live Talks Los Angeles holds An Evening with Gregg Allman at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. He’s in conversation with veteran music journalist Alan Light to discuss his memoir My Cross to Bear (which Light co-wrote). Tickets: $25; $45 includes book and $95 includes pre-event reception from 6:30-7:30 pm and book. Allman signs at the end of the event.

TALK
Tonight at 7 pm, ALOUD at the Central Library welcomes neuroscientist and novelist David Eagleman in the program Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. He’ll be in conversation with author Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief) to discuss how the subconscious brain can “illuminate surprising mysteries that take in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, synesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence and visual illusions.” The online RSVPs are now closed; standby tickets only.

MUSICAL
The musical Chicago begins its two-week run at the Pantages Theatre tonight, starring model Christie Brinkley and John O’Hurley (Mr. Peterman on Seinfeld). Brinkley makes her LA debut after stints as “Roxie Hart” on Broadway and in London’s West End. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago won six 1997 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival. Through May 27. Tickets: $25-$125

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HAMMER FORUM
The Hammer Museum presents the free public program, Fracking and Keystone: Energy Independence Versus the Environment, tonight at 7 pm. Guests include Josh Fox, writer and director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland, which examined the controversial practice of “fracking”; and environmentalist / author Bill McKibben, who led demonstrations at the White House against the Keystone XL pipeline. The program is free, but tickets are required; they’re available at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office one hour prior to start time. Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6 pm.

COMEDY
NerdMelt presents the program Greg Proops is the Smartest Man in the World at 8 pm tonight. The comedian sits at a table center stage with a single microphone. He holds an hour of conversation at break-neck speed. “He crams the feeling of a great two-way conversation into the lecture-style format of a one-way conversation.” Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

*Pencil pick of the day

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