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Pencil This In: Amoeba Film Series, Insomnia @ ALOUD

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Vroman's hosts a reading by author Adam Leith Gollner who's obsessed with fruits. / Photo by pink_fish13 via LAist's flickr pool.

Vroman's hosts a reading by author Adam Leith Gollner who's obsessed with fruits. / Photo by pink_fish13 via LAist's flickr pool.
Author Gayle Greene will discuss her book An Insomniac’s Slant on Sleep with Alice Wexler, research scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women. Greene weaves memoir and investigation on the science of sleep -- from the perspective of a life-long insomniac. She’ll guide the audience through the “hidden terrain of a devastating and little understood condition.” The free event begins at 7 pm tonight at the Central Library as part of its ALOUD series. Reservations are recommended.

Amoeba's hosting a free Monday Movies series @ Space15Twenty in Hollywood for the month of March. There will be free Izze Soda and popcorn, director Q&A’s, guest DJs and a few more surprises. All the films are related to and tonight Amoeba screens This is the Life, a film that examines “the racial, social and musical implications of South Central Los Angeles' famed '90s Hip Hop venue The Good Life.” The film features interviews with various members of Freestyle Fellowship, Project Blowed, Busdriver, Cut Chemist, Chali 2na, 2Mex, Pigeon John and others.” Director and producer Ava Du Vernay will be attending to sign DVDs and answer questions.

Southwest Chamber Music celebrates the work of American composers Wadada Leo Smith, Charles Ives and another composer who helped shape American music: Antonín Dvořák. The concert begins at 8 pm at the Colburn School of Performing Arts with the pre-concert talk beginning at 7:30 pm. On the program are Ives’ “String Quartet No.1, ‘From the Salvation Army,’ Smith’s “Black Church, First Gathering of the World Spirit” and Dvořák’s “Quintet for Piano & Strings, Op. 81.”

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Tonight at 7 pm at Vroman’s in Pasadena author Adam Leith Gollner discusses and signs his book The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession. “Gollner examines the fruits we eat and explains why we eat them (the scientific, economic and aesthetic reasons); traces the life of mass-produced fruits (how they are created, grown and marketed) and explores the underworld of fruits that are inaccessible, ignored and even forbidden in the Western world.” Is Gollner as obsessed with fruit as Michael Pollan was with his four meals? See for yourself tonight.

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