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Pencil This In: Glen Hansard's Free Set, Eddie Campbell's '44 Horrible Dates,' Rhett Miller at the Troubadour and the LAFF

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So after a two-week hiatus, Pencil this In is back, looking for interesting events so you don't have to. Here's what we found happening around LA tonight: Glen Hansard plugs his new record at Amoeba; a writer talks about 44 Horrible Dates at Book Soup; Rhett Miller plays the Troubadour; Comedy Film Nerds take over NerdMelt for a podcast recording and book signing; and It's a School Night at Bardot. Read on for all the details.

MUSIC
The Troubadour welcomes Rhett Miller, frontman of the Old 97s, touring with his latest band The Serial Lady Killers to support his solo release The Dreamer. Opening for Miller is The Spring Standards, an NYC folk-rock band, who co-wrote a few songs with Miller for the album. Doors open at 8 pm. Tickets: $20.

FILM
The Los Angeles Film Festival continues today, and one of today’s more intriguing titles is Four, directed and written by Joshua Sanchez, starring Wendell Pierce (The Wire and Treme) and Emory Cohen (Smash), and Neil LaBute serving as an executive producer. The film takes place on a steamy July 4th night, bringing four people together in two stories of seduction and conflicted desire. A Q&A follows with director Sanchez and actors Pierce and Aja Naomi King. Tonight at 9:40 pm at Regal Cinemas 13 @ L.A. LIVE.

BOOKS
Tonight at 7 pm at Book Soup, Eddie Campbell discusses and signs his latest book 44 Horrible Dates. For audience amusement, the serial dater recounts 44 of his most hilarious or outrageous dates, ranging from “the guy who immediately farted upon entering his car to the guy who drove him to a fast-food burger drive thru and admitted he was high on cocaine.”

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MUSIC*
Fans of Once, The Frames and the Swell Season need to head to Amoeba tonight at 6:30 pm for a free, live set by Glen Hansard. He’s in town promoting his first solo album Rhythm and Repose, which is being released tomorrow. If you can’t make it to Amoeba tonight, they’ll stream the set live. He also plays a show at The Wiltern on Wednesday.

COMEDY
Tonight at 8 pm, NerdMelt hosts the a special live 100th episode podcast recording and book signing by the two top Comedy Film Nerds (Chris Mancini and Graham Elwood) along with other nerds and special guests. They’re plugging their new book The Comedy Film Nerds Guide to Movies and have a ton of folks along to help tonight, including Dean Haglund, Jackie Kashian, Laura House, Matt Weinhold, Allan Havey, Neil T. Weakley, Suzy Nakamura, Dave Anthony, among others. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

MUSIC
It’s a School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. Tonight’s lineup includes live performances by Van Hunt; American Royalty; Das Tapes and Jess Williamson. DJ set by Harry T. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

*Pencil pick of the day

Want more events? Follow me on Twitter (@christineziemba). Or follow Lauren Lloyd—who takes care of Pencil on Wednesdays (@LadyyyLloyd).