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Pencil This In: Beer Appreciation Night on Spring Street, Robert Scheer at Vroman's and Samba JAMs at the Ford

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Spring Street Smokehouse in Chinatown kicks off its monthly beer appreciation/tasting tonight. | Photo: LA Wad via LAist's flickr pool.


Spring Street Smokehouse in Chinatown kicks off its monthly beer appreciation/tasting tonight. | Photo: LA Wad via LAist's flickr pool.

BEER*
Spring Street Smokehouse kicks off its first Beer Appreciation Nights. Tonight at 7 pm, the BBQ joint in Chinatown will hold beer tastings and discussion with Aaron Barkenhage, owner and brewmaster of Bootlegger's Brewerey of Fullerton. On the tasting menu will be homebrews and small-batch beers. BOOKS
Tonight Vroman’s hosts former Los Angeles Times columnist and Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer when he discusses and signs his book, The Great American Stickup, a “controversial thesis about the great financial meltdown: the crash, widely regarded as a result of extraordinary circumstances, is at its heart an old-fashioned swindle.” 7 pm.

JAM
Tonight marks the end of the Ford Amphitheatre’s free J.A.M. Sessions. The participatory event is guided by 2010 Ford season artists. On the Samba Escandalo program tonight are samba and drum lessons. Fun for the whole family. No experience needed. 7 pm.

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ENCORE FILM

Tonight, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences ends its series Oscar Noir: 1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood’s Dark Side the same way it began. On the big screen is the John Huston-directed The Maltese Falcon, the third film version of Dashiell Hammett's novel that stars Humphrey Bogart. The film will be preceded by: recap highlights featuring the 15 screenwriters who introduced films in the series; “So You Want to Be a Detective” (1948), starring George O’Hanlon as Joe McDoakes; and an animated short. 7 pm at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. $5 limited number of tickets at the door.

*Pencil pick of the day

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