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Pencil This In: Author Gary Shteyngart at Vroman's, Shoe Show and Sale at CMC, Film Noir at the Academy

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Big shoe show and sale at California Market Center today through Wednesday. | Photo by dreamyshade (Britta Gustafson) via LAist's flickr pool.

Big shoe show and sale at California Market Center today through Wednesday. | Photo by dreamyshade (Britta Gustafson) via LAist's flickr pool.

Today marks the beginning of a three-day of the Transit shoe show and sale during the Los Angeles Fashion Market at The Penthouse (13th floor) of the California Market Center. Transit showcases hundreds of premier footwear collections from burgeoning labels and established brands. 9 am-5 pm all three days. BOOKS*
Author Gary Shteyngart discusses and signs his romance-satire Super Sad True Love Story at Vroman’s tonight at 7 pm. “Boy meets girl in a dystopian near-future, where America is terminally indebted to China, obsessed with the superficial, and controlled by the Bipartisan Party, represented by a cartoon otter in a cowboy hat. Intentionally following an old-fashioned, Chekov- or Tolstoy-esque plotline and told in alternating journal entries and electronic correspondence...” He's also appearing at the Skirball Center for a lecture and booksigning tomorrow evening, too.

Book Soup welcomes writer and rock journalist Christopher Long who discusses his book A Shot of Poison tonight at 7 pm. The book is a behind-the-scenes look at the band Poison, life on the road and the salacious stories that come with it. He’ll tell about the infighting on tour, drug use, ego trips and jealousies.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues its film series Oscar Noir: 1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood’s Dark Side at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Tonight’s pick is Crossfire (86 mins.), a film adapted from Richard Brooks’s novel The Brick Foxhole. The film, a thriller about murder among World War II veterans, was directed by Edward Dmytryk from a screenplay by John Paxton. It’ll be introduced by Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential, Mystic River) with special Guest: Jacqueline White, who played Mary Mitchell in the film. Preceded by Chapter Eleven of “Adventures of Captain Marvel: Valley of Death” and “Mother Hubba Hubba Hubbard” (1947), a Columbia cartoon. Shorts begin at 7 pm, and the feature starts at 7:30. Tickets: $5.

*Pencil pick of the day

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