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Pencil This In: Curator's Car Talk at the Petersen, Wine and Jazz with Pancho Sanchez, and a Sunset Photo Workshop

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Bored? Looking for something to do tonight? Here's what we found going on around LA.: Pancho Sanchez plays Hollywood and Highland's Wine and Jazz night; authors Blaine Harden and Julian Tepper read from their books at Vroman's and Book Soup, respectively; and a digital photography / smartphone workshop. Read on for all the details.

BOOK TALK*
Blaine Harden’s book Escape from Camp 14 tells the true story of Shin Dong-hyuk, the only known person born in a North Korean no-exit camp to have escaped and survived. The book’s summary is unbelievable: “Shin, who was bred by guards to be a slave and a snitch and was expected to work and die anonymously in a camp that the North Korean government says does not exist, escaped when he was twenty-three years old and miraculously found his way to China, South Korea and finally the United States.” Harden reads from and signs the book tonight at 7 pm at Vroman’s.

CAR TALK
Tonight at 7:30 pm, Petersen Automotive Museum Curator Leslie Kendall presents a visual overview of the landmarks of aerodynamic car design, including the 1928 Martin Aerodynamic and the 1955 Ghia Gilda to today’s latest ultra-efficient concept cars. The event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Aerodynamics: From Art to Science. Reservations are recommended. Free to Petersen Museum members, but regular admission rates apply. ($10 adults).

PHOTOGRAPHY
The Annenberg Beach House presents the public program, SkyScapes Digital Plein Air Workshop, tonight from 6:30-8:00 pm. Artists Lita Albuquerque, Bruria Finkel and Chris Garland, whose work is currently on view through Aug. 12 in the Gallery exhibit SkyScapes, lead a workshop on sunset photography using camera phones/smartphones. Photographers can upload photos to an online album for instant discussion. (Digital cameras and other phones can be used but bring your transfer cable.) Free.

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MUSIC
The free Wine, Jazz & Moonlight Summer Concert Series continues at Hollywood & Highland tonight from 7-9 pm with Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band. Located in the Central Courtyard (2nd Level), guests will also have the opportunity to purchase wine, cheeses, fruits and breads prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering for $10. All proceeds from the wine bar will benefit Project Angel Food.

BOOKS
Tonight at 7 pm at Book Soup, Julian Tepper discusses and signs Balls: A Novel. The dark comedy tells the story of a 30-year-old songwriter and lounge-player who's in love with a much younger woman more musically gifted than himself. His life crisis deepens when he's diagnosed with testicular cancer.

*Pencil pick of the day

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