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Pencil This In: Acro-Cats at Cinefamily, Talking Noir at the Beach House and John Reilly, Cate le Bon Play on a School Night

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If you love cats, then you need to be a Cinefamily tonight at 7:30 pm to catch the world famousAcro-Cats from Chicago. It’s a live kitty circus that “also doubles as a feline rock band.” After their performance ends (roughly at 9:30 pm). there’s a screening of That Darn Cat, a 1965 film directed by Robert Stevenson. Cinefamily would like to note: “We would never endorse or participate in animal cruelty or abuse; the Acro-Cats are trained in the loving ‘rewards-based’ style, and are well-cared for by their trainers.” Tickets: $20 ($14 for kids under 12).

Tongue & Groove presents an evening of readings by Alina Simone tonight at 7 pm at Stories Bookstore. She’ll be reading from her new collection of personal essays You Must Go and Win. The Brooklyn-based, Ukranian-born singer might even be enticed to sing a song or two. Free.

It’s a School Night takes over Bardot in Hollywood for an evening of live music and DJs. Performing live tonight are John Reilly and Friends, Cate le Bon and Haim. The night opens with KCRW’s Chris Douridas DJing at 9 pm and closes with Elijah Wood vs Heloise DJing at midnight. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. 9 pm to 2 am.

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The Beach=Culture series at the Annenberg Beach House presents mystery author Naomi Hirahara who explains her vision of “noir” and discusses the genre with the audience. During the evening, she’s accompanied by torch songs and saxophone stylings from the Doc & Renee father-daughter jazz duo. Docent tours are available from 5:15-615 pm and the discussions and music begin at 6:30 pm. RSVPs required.

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