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Pencil This In: 'Alien: The Director's Cut,' a Free Quadron Mini-set, Moth Storytelling and Book Readings

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Here’s the short list of what’s happening in LA tonight: There’s a director’s cut screening of Alien tonight in Hollywood; a wine and jazz night; Nalini Singh reads from her latest Psy-Changeling supernatural romance; Marc Weingarten & Tyson Cornell talk about new literary homage to progr rock; Quadron plays a free mini-set; and The Moth storytellers take on the subject of beauty. Read on for all the details.

Tonight at 6 pm, the Danish duo Quadron play a mini-set at Amoeba Records. Singer Coco Maja Hastrup Karshøj and musician/producer Robin Hannibal celebrate the new release Avalanche, which comes out today. They are also playing The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever tomorrow night (June 5).

Hollywood & Highland kicks off its 10th Annual Wine + Jazz Summer Series tonight and every Tuesday through Aug. 6. Taking place from 7-9 pm in the Central Courtyard, the Hollywood & Highland Center welcomes music by Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra. The jazz is free, but the wine and bites aren’t.

A couple of book signings of interest tonight: Tonight at 7 pm at Book Soup, authors Marc Weingarten & Tyson Cornell present and sign Yes Is the Answer: (& Other Prog Rock Tales). The book is a literary homage to progressive rock, hated by hipsters and critics alike. Novelists Rick Moody, Wesley Stace, Seth Greenland, Charles Bock and Joe Meno, as well as musicians Matthew Sweet, Nathan Larson and Peter Case step up to defend the often misunderstood subgenre. Further down the road at Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach at 7:30 pm, New Zealand author Nalini Singh, reads and signs Heart of Obsidian, her latest supernatural/romance in the Psy-Changeling series. The books are set in a futuristic alternative earth populated by Changlings (shapeshifters), Psy (psychic humans) and regular humans—following their struggles and romantic trials and tribulations.

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The Arclight presents a series of classic film screenings through June 13. Tonight at 8 pm, the ArcLight Hollywood presents Alien: The Director’s Cut. Directed by Ridley Scott, the sci-fi horror film stars Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton and Sigourney Weaver as space travelers who encounter an intergalactic horror that begins to kill the crew one by one. Tickets: $14.

The Moth’s Westside edition takes over Zanzibar in Santa Monica tonight with storytellers spinning tales about beauty. Anyone can toss their hat into the ring for a chance to be selected. All you have to do is prep a 5-minute story about beauty—things that are skin- or soul-deep—from nature to art to people or rituals. Doors at 7 pm and stories begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $8 at the door, $16 in advance (guaranteed admission). Hosted by Lauren Weedman. The venue is 21+.

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