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Pencil This In: Greg Proops on 'The Big Sleep,' an ABBA Tribute Night and an Isherwood Conversation

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Here's what's going on in LA tonight: We found a live taping of comedian Greg Proops' latest podcast where he deconstructs the LA noir classic The Big Sleep; an ABBA tribute night celebrates the group's 40th anniversary; a discussion on the work and life of artist Christopher Isherwood; and competitive erotic fan fiction. Read on for all the details.

PROOPS ON FILM*
Comedian Greg Proops brings the live taping of his podcast—The Greg Proops Film Club!— to Cinefamily tonight at 8 pm. It’s followed with the 35mm screening of The Big Sleep with Humphrey Bogart-Lauren Bacall. Directed by Howard Hawks, the film was based on the Raymond Chandler novel and was co-written by William Faulkner. Proops will “deconstruct, reanimate and regale this fine classic,” for his podcast, but he doesn’t talk over the film. Tickets: $12/free for members.

MUSIC
The Satellite hosts an ABBA tribute night tonight to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary and singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad's birthday, which was Nov 15. Local bands take to the stage to perform a couple songs each: Psychic Friend (feat. Will Schwartz from Imperial Teen), Thorcraft Cobra, Sue Scrofa, IAMEVE, Boys School and others. Free admission. Show at 9 pm with $2 drink specials from 8-9pm.

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TALK
The Huntington Library hosts An Isherwood Conversation with artist Don Bachardy and literary scholar Katherine Bucknell tonight at 7:30 pm. They’ll discuss the work and life of author Christopher Isherwood, best known for his Berlin Stories, on which the musical Cabaret is based. Bachardy was Isherwood’s life-partner, and Bucknell edited the author’s diaries. A book signing follows the program, which will be held in Friends Hall. Free.

FILM
Tonight the New Beverly welcomes comedy giants Carl Reiner and Dick Van Dyke who are scheduled to appear for a screening of the 1969 film The Comic, co-written and directed by Reiner and starring Van Dyke. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $8. This screening is now sold out.

SEXY STORIES
NerdMelt hosts an evening of Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction, a comedy show created and hosted by Bryan Cook. Tonight, 10 comics write and perform erotic fan fiction pieces, based on their imagination, creativity or audience suggestions. Performers are Ron Funches, Danielle Kramer, Will Weldon, Darien Clark, Chip Pope, Brandon Vaughn, Jim Hamilton, Chris Garcia and Paul Danke. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

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