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Pencil This In: Animation @ Redcat, Cool Cats Pop-Up Store

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Union Station's ceiling never looked better. / Photo by atomicshakespeares via LAist's flickr pool.

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There's an abundance of interesting events about town tonight -- which is surprising because it is Monday, after all. Here are some of our favs:TALK
The troubles in Africa go largely unnoticed by the media, but the complexity of issues around poverty, dependence and desperation deserves more than a notice than when a celeb tries to go and adopt a child from the continent. Zócalo welcomes Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai—founder of the Green Belt Movement, author of The Challenge for Africa and longtime environmental and democracy advocate—to offer her vision of Africa, and of why Africans need a moral revolution if they are to save their continent. The discussion is by Kal Raustiala, director, UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations. The program begins at 7 pm at the Fowler Museum. Reservations are recommended.

REDCAT screens the animated films of Joanna Priestly tonight at 8:30 pm in a program titled, “Fighting Gravity.” Priestley unveils her new short “Missed Aches” (2009, 4 min.), a humorous rant about the need for proofreading. The screening also includes a series of animated shorts representing her range and technique as an artist. Priestly’s topics run the gamut from relationships, plants, magic, menopause, abstraction and prison. She’ll be in attendance tonight and will discuss her work. Tickets are $9; $7 for faculty at staff; $5 for students.

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The Cool Cats collection - a project of Ed Banger Records and So Me -- has a pop-up shop at de la Barracuda through April 22. But today from 4-8pm, there’s a live, in-store event featuring free drinks and music by the Coolcats.

There are a few tickets left for the Calder Quartet performance tonight at LACMA’s Bing Theater at 8 pm. The ensemble is playing in celebration of the exhibition of Viennese artist and sculptor Franz West: “To Build a House You Start with the Roof: Work, 1972-2008.” Tickets are $25 for general admission; $18 for members and seniors; and $5 for students with ID.

Author Jerrianne Hayslett speaks about and signs her new book Anatomy of a Trial at Cal State Fullerton this afgternoon. Hayslett was the Los Angeles Superior Court media liaison during O.J. Simpson’s trial and had unprecedented access. She’ll discuss her book and answer questions at 4 p.m. in Pavilion B of the Titan Student Union near State College Boulevard. A reception for her is planned at 6 p.m. at the Golleher Alumni House next to the Student Union.

The UCLA Department of Music presents a free concert performance by the UCLA Percussion Ensemble tonight at 8 pm at Schoenberg Hall. Directed by Mitchell Peters, the program will include Tom Gauger's Portico and Nigel Westlake's Omphalo Centric Lecture.

Are you a struggling artist who needs help getting over the hump? Then consider taking the eight-week workshop Getting Your Sh*t Together (GYST) with CalArts professor Karen Atkinson. “GYST teaches you the business stuff you should have learned in art school, but didn't…We're not concerned with producing slick, commercialized artists, nor is this some new age, touchy-feely "find your inner artist" crap. GYST is a program for artists, by artists that will teach you bare-knuckled, practical strategies for negotiating the baffling terrain of the contemporary art world.” The workshop begins tonight at 7 pm and runs through June at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts.

*Pencil pick of the day