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Pencil This In: A Film about a Font, Dinner with Geeks

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What font is this? It's not helvetica (the star of a film, below), but definitely in the sans serif family. / Photo by mondolind via LAist's flickr pool.

The Aero hosts ITVS Community Cinema tonight with a screening of Helvetica -- a film that’s tailored for font buffs and design geeks alike. “The typeface Helvetica is ubiquitous, spelling out everything from IRS tax forms to the corporate logos of Target, Crate & Barrel and Fendi. In Helvetica, first-time director Gary Hustwit explores urban spaces and the typefaces that inhabit them and speaks with historians and designers about the choices and aesthetics behind the use of fonts.” Admission is free, and the screening starts a 7:30 pm.

The exhibit "If I do what you tell me will you love me?" by Michelle Wiener and Tucker Neel opens tonight at the Samuel Freeman's Chapel Gallery in Bergamot Station. The installation recreates “the ominous flower arrangements from the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo. The arrangements will be left unattended, to decay naturally over the course of the exhibition. Complementing the flower arrangements, Wiener will exhibit a series of small box portraits depicting the main female characters from the film – metaphors fly as the rear view vantage point and the characters' iconic hairdos hint at themes of obsession, investigation, deliverance and closure.” The reception will be held from 5-7 pm tonight.

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There’s a Geek Dinner tonight at 8 pm at uWink in Hollywood. Anyone who loves tech and the Internet is welcome to eat, drink, be merry and talk about all things digital. This month, the Geeks will also celebrate Creative Common's 6th Birthday. Make sure you bring enough money to pay your own way.

Lisa Ann Carrillo, MRCA Director of Public Programs, explores the history and the deep meanings of Winter Solstice celebrations from the Santa Monica Mountains and throughout the world. Meet at Woodland Hall at Temescal Gateway Park in the Pacific Palisades for a 1.5-hour program (that comes complete with winter libations).

Comedian Jen Kober takes to the stage at the Icehouse in Pasadena tonight at 8 pm. She's currently on the Grits & Giggles tour.

*Pencil Pick of the Day