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Pencil This In: James Brown's Legacy, 48 Hour Film Project Screenings and a 'Primary' Documentary

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Lots of interesting events happening around LA tonight—from Regina Spektor in concert; to a forum / discussion on James Brown; to a political documentary film series. There's also a screening of 48 Hour Films and an evening of The Moth storytelling. Read on for all the details.

KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum holds a panel discussion/conversation The One: James Brown’s life, music, legacy tonight at 7 pm. Guest moderator Oliver Wang is joined by Brown biographer RJ Smith (The One: The Life and Music of James Brown) and soul/funk/R&B drummer James Gadson. The event includes live performance of some of Brown’s most-sampled segments and a playlist from some of his most famous tunes. Free, but RSVPs required.

The 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) hit LA earlier this month, in which filmmakers were asked to write, shoot, edit and score a movie—in just 48 hours. The teams were only given a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre to include in the movie, and any film that was turned in even a minute late was disqualified. Tonight through Thursday, the 48HFP screens the L.A.-made films at the Laemmle NoHo 7 in North Hollywood at 7:30 and 9:30 pm. Tickets: $11.

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To support her latest release, What we Saw From The Cheap Seats, Regina Spektor plays The Greek Theatre tonight with special guest Only Son. We’ll bet, though, she draws from her early favorites from 2004’s Soviet Kitsch and 2006’s Begin to Hope. We’re hoping that she’s joined on stage by hubby and Only Son frontman Jack Dishel (formerly with The Moldy Peaches.) 8 pm. Price: $39.50-$55.

To celebrate and/or lament the upcoming presidential election, the Hammer Museum presents a series of documentaries over the next few weeks, each offering a new perspective on the political machine. The first film, Primary, focuses on the 1960 Democratic Party presidential primary, and follows John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey as campaign across Wisconsin trying to win the nomination to beat Richard Nixon. (1960, Dir. R. Drew, 60 min.) 7:30 pm. Free.

Got a story on being “sunny”? Literally (sushine-y days) or figuratively (eternal optimism?) Then try your storytelling skills at The Moth tonight at Busby’s East. Prepare a 5-minute true story and get behind the mic. No notes and no standup. 7 pm: Sign up to tell a story, volunteer to be on a judging team or just sit back and listen. The stories begin at 8 pm. $8 at the door. The teller with the highest score becomes the next StorySLAM winner to compete in the next GrandSLAM Championship.

*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).