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Pencil This In: AFI Directing Workshop for Women Screening, King Washington and The Robben Island Shakespeare

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Happy Monday, LA. Don’t let the rain and grayness get you down. There’s tons happening in town tonight, including a screening of films by the AFI Directing Workshop for Women participants; a lecture on ‘Hamlet’s Dreams: The Robben Island Shakespeare’; and a reading and signing for ‘The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat.’ Read on for all the details.

FILM *
The American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) program screens eight short films by Shaz Bennett, Catherine Dent, Antoneta Kastrati, Lauren Ludwig, Stephanie Martin, Juliana Peñaranda-Loftus, Lisanne Sartor and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro at 7:30 pm tonight at the Director's Guild. The application-based program focuses on women with at least seven years experience within the film industry, who are are transitioning into the role of director. Tonight’s keynote address will be given by Ava DuVernay, winner of the Best Director Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere. DuVernay herself transitioned from publicity to directing. Reception immediately following with the filmmakers. Free, but reservations required.

MUSIC
Tonight at 10 pm, King Washington headlines the first in a series of free shows at the Silverlake Lounge this month. The band’s residency will include tunes from its debut album The Gears and its follow-up due out later this summer. Also on the bill tonight: Spice the Mainbrace (8 pm), Kissing & The Hiccups (9 pm), King Washington (10 pm) and PLaNETS (11 pm). Show is 21+.

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LITERATURE
The Huntington Library presents a lecture tonight at 7:30 pm with David Schalkwyk, director of research at the Folger Shakespeare Library and author of Hamlet’s Dreams: The Robben Island Shakespeare. He’ll discuss the copy of The Complete Works of Shakespeare that was secretly circulated, annotated and signed by Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners on Robben Island, the notorious apartheid prison.” A book signing follows. Free, but reservations required (online or call: 800-838-3006.)

MUSIC
It’s a School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. On tap tonight are live performances by Hunter Hunted (two of the guys from Lady Danville), People vs. Larsen, Kelly Sweet and KG Bird and Baby Bee. DJ sets by Neo Fresco and Korova. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

BOOKS
Tonight at 7 pm, Book Soup holds a reading and signing for The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat with editors Caroline Grant, Lisa Harper, and regional contributors Dani Klein Modisett, Melissa Clark, Max Brooks, Lisa McNamara and Stacie Stukin. The book is a compendium of stories, memories and recipes, focusing on how pivotal food is beyond the table in our culture.

Two other events are still worth mentioning, though they’re already sold out: Iron and Wine is at The Grammy Museum for The Drop program at 8 pm to talk about his latest release, Ghost on Ghost; and Leonard Nimoy drops by EW’s CapeTown Film Festival at the Egyptian tonight AT 7:30 for a screening of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek. (There’s a standby line if you want to take your chances).

*Pencil pick of the day

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