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Pencil This In: Poetry at ALOUD and the Beach House, VICE Party at La Cita and a Hammer Forum

Husmann/Tschaeni's 'The Bones of Our Ancestors' (2012) is on view and available at Carmichael Gallery though Aug. 4 as part of the group show 'A Gleeful and Relentless Forward Moving of Time.' (Photo: Courtesy of the gallery)
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ALOUD at the Central Library holds its 17th annual Newer Poets reading tonight at 7 pm. Curated by three renowned poets, Eloise Klein Healy, Suzanne Lummis and Gail Wronsky, the program presents six LA poets who’ll present short readings of their work. Featured writers tonight are: Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Mia Carli, Paul Lieber, Angela Peñaredondo, Verónica Reyes and Rolland Vasin.

Author and pastor Rob Bell presents a night of readings and storytelling tonight at 7 pm at the Viper Room. He celebrates the launch of his book Love Wins in paperback and the new paperback editions of all of his previous books, including Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith. If you can’t make the event tonight in person, participate online at 7 pm.

The Pentagon recently announced plans to reduce U.S. troop levels while expanding its drone army. Tonight, the Hammer Museum holds a forum on Drones and Robotic Warfare and its technological, policy and ethical issues. On the panel tonight are Eric Johnson, an expert in the development and operation of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles); Patrick Lin, director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University and a former ethics fellow at the US Naval Academy; and UCLA’s John Villasenor, a senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution. Free.

Mark Salzman (author of The Soloist) discusses and signs The Man in the Empty Boat tonight at 7 pm at Vroman’s in Pasadena. His latest book is an exploration of a catastrophic year, when he suffered from acute anxiety, debilitating panic attacks and writer's block, all made worse by the sudden loss of his sister. In the memoir, he finds solace from an unexpected source. To get books signed tonight, attendees must purchase at least one copy of The Man in the Empty Boat from Vroman's. In other words, leave your purchases at home.

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Tonight, VICE and Indio Cerveza launch a four-part summer fiesta and concert series in LA tonight every month through October. The parties celebrate the launch of one of Mexico’s favorite beers in the US: Indio Cerveza. The evenings feature a Mexican headliner and one local band, and showcase two art pieces, both produced collaboratively by a Mexican artist and American artist. Tonight’s party at La Cita starts at 9 pm and features Bufi (known for his remix of Little Dragon's Ritual Union), upcoming local LA band Incan Abraham and Ganas. If you're over 21, an RSVP and a $1 donation to the National Museum of Mexican Art is all you need to get in.

The Annenberg Beach House’s Beach=Culture series welcomes four poets for a reading tonight at 6:30. Featured poets are Brendan Constantine, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Lynnell Edwards and Nicelle Davis. The evening’s moderated by Eric Morago. Free.

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