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Pencil This In: Dave Barry and Alan Sweibel in Conversation, WinterFest 2012 and 'Portlandia' Live

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Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein bring their irreverent humor to the sold-out Echoplex tonight. (Photo: Danielle Mathias/IFC)
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Here's what's going on around town Tuesday night. There's a number of good lit events with Dave Barry and Alan Sweibel at the Skirball; Fr. Greg Boyle and Luis J. Rodriguez at ALOUD; a play reading festival, Moth storytelling and more. Read on for all the details.

ALOUD
ALOUD at the Central Library welcomes noted Chicano author Luis J. Rodriguez in conversation with Homeboys Industries founder and author Father Gregory Boyle for the program, An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing. Rodriguez will discuss his journey from gangbanger to author, and the struggles he encountered after leaving gang life. 7 pm. The free program is on standby, so get there early to be first on the wait list.

TALK*
The Skirball presents an evening with humorists Dave Barry and Alan Sweibel tonight at 7:30 pm. The two discuss their new novel, Lunatics, about two men whose lives collide, leading to a pursuit by “the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.” A Q&A and book signing follow the program. Free. Reservations recommended.

THEATER
Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA’s three-week long staged reading festival continues tonight at Atwater Village Theatre with the comedy The Happy Slave by Jonas Oppenheim at 7 pm, and Moments Before Medicine by Brian James Polak at 8:15 pm. WinterFest 2012 runs through Jan. 29. Admission to all readings is free, but donations welcome.

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STORY
Got a story on “Gangs, Cliques and Crowds”? Then try your storytelling skills at The Moth tonight at The Bootleg Theatre (not the usual El Cid). Prepare a 5-minute true story and get behind the mic. No notes and no standup. Sign up to tell a story, volunteer to be on a judging team or just sit back and listen. The doors open at 6, stories begin at 7 pm. $8 at the door. This is an 18+ venue.

PERFORMANCE
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are taking their wildly popular IFC show Portlandia on the road with a sold-out stop at Echoplex tonight at 8 pm. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, watch them skewer hipster culture in front of a live hipster audience.

*Pencil pick of the day

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