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Arts and Entertainment

Pencil This In: Cinema Speakeasy, Technicolor 'Toons

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The Grammy Museum hosts bandleader and music icon Herb Alpert and singer Lani Hall tonight at 8 pm. The duo will talk about their careers, collaborative work and their new album together, Anything Goes. There will be a Q&A after the discussion, and they’ll perform a few songs. Tickets are $20; $15 for members.

Animation historian Jerry Beck returns to the Silent Movie Theater tonight with a new program of "Technicolor Toons" at 8 pm. He's bringing16mm and 35mm film prints of classic, uncut animated cartoons in Technicolor. "The old Technicolor IB process, not used in over 35 years, made cartoon color pop! You’ll drool over the cyan, magenta and yellow hues: The spinach is greener, the rainbows are brighter… even the colors themselves are funnier!" Beck will also be screening cartoons made through other color processes, like Cine-Color and KodaChrome. Tickets are $13

To celebrate the release of Jennifer Caloyeras debut young adult novel, Urban Falcon, Skylight Books hosts a launch party tonight at 7:30 pm. Evan Falcon’s life is taking a downturn: His dad’s job forces the family to move during his last year of high school, his best friend isn’t talking to him and he thinks his mom might be having an affair. It’s drama 24/7.

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Book Soup hosts author Jennifer Niven who’ll read from and sign her book Velva Jean Learns to Drive. It’s a coming of age story about a girl growing up in the goldmining and moonshining South. She dreams of becoming a Nashville singer--but things change when she falls in love with a handsome revival preacher with a past. The event begins at 7 pm.

Tonight’s the latest installment of the Cinema Speakeasy series at the Echo Park Film Center. Bring a flask and they’ll provide the cups, people, ideas, a 10-minute talk about the business of film. Tonight’s feature is The Green Rush. The film chronicles the lives of several marijuana farmers over an entire outdoor grow season. “On film, these sometime outlaws identify themselves by the color of the bandanas they wear to hide their faces. Thus, Mr. Red, Mr. Blue and Mrs. Pink talk us through the dangers and heartbreaks of growing crops that nudge at the line of legality, and bring the battle between state and federal law into sharp relief.” If you figure out the password, you’ll get a little something extra.

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