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Pencil This In: Content for New Media Panel Discussion, Experimental Accordion Music, New Day Films Screening

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We found an eclectic array of events in LA tonight: There's a panel on original, scripted content for new media; It's a School Night takes over Bardot; authors Imran Ahmad, Gideon Lewis-Kraus and Tom Bissell hold readings around town; there's experimental accordion music at the beach and REDCAT screens New Day Films. Read on for all the details.

Lianne La Havas plays Bardot tonight and the Bootleg tomorrow.

At 7 pm at Vroman’s in Pasadena, Imran Ahmad discusses and signs his memoir The Perfect Gentleman: A Muslim Boy Meets the West. The author moved from Pakistan to London at age 1 and was torn between his Islamic faith and culture and his desire for the Western way of life, asking questions like: Do you automatically go to hell for following the wrong religion? How do you persuade a beautiful woman to become your girlfriend (and would driving a Jaguar XJS help)?

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The Annenberg Beach House welcomes experimental accordionist Amy Denio in concert from 6:30-8 pm as part of itsBeach=Culture series. Denio’s music touches on both folk music traditions and avant-garde jazz, with her four-octave vocal range to accompany her, too. Free with RSVP.

The Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors holds a mixer/program tonight on Original Scripted Story-Driven Content for New Media with speakers and guests from Vuguru, a multi-platform studio/distribution network. Held at io/LA on Hollywood Boulevard from 6-9 pm, panelists include Rick Feldman, president, NATPE; Larry Tanz, CEO of Vuguru; and several other top Vuguru staffers.RSVP for waitlist.

It’s a School Nightwelcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. Tonight’s lineup includes KCRW DJ Chris Douridas at 8 pm; Telephoned at 8:30 pm; The London Souls at 9:30 pm; Lianne La Havas at 10:15 pm; KCRW DJ Jason Bentley at 10:45 pm; Chappo at 11:45 pm and Def Sound closes it all down with a DJ set at 12:15 am. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

At 7:30 pm at Skylight Books, there’s a program with essayists Gideon Lewis-Kraus and Tom Bissellto discuss and sign their new respective books, A Sense of Direction (Riverhead) and Magic Hours (McSweeney’s). Tonight at 7:30 pm.

Tonight at 8:30 pm, REDCAT celebrates the the 40th anniversary of New Day Films,created by filmmakers Julia Reichert as a way to promote the work of both men and women filmmakers who challenged the political status quo in terms of gender, social and racial inequality. Today, New Day Films counts more than 100 members, and two LA-based members screen their films tonight: Anayansi Prado’s Niños en Tierra de Nadie (Children in No Man’s Land) and Adele Horne’s The Tailenders. New Day members in person tonight are: Adele Horne, Ann Kaneko, Meena Nanji, Anayansi Prado and Jonathan Skurnik.

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