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Pencil This In: 'F@#ked-Up Futures' at NerdMelt, Adam Carolla Book Signing, LA Film Fest Picks and Bar Marmont's DJ Series

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Here's what's going on around LA tonight. The LA Film Festival screens Disney•Pixar’s Brave and an Alan Lomax concert film, among others; NerdMelt brings in writers and entertainers to talk about their visions for F@#ked-Up Futures; Adam Carolla signs his latest book at The Grove; the saints lives are exposed at Skylight Books; and Bar Marmont continues its DJ series. Read on for all the details.

In an interesting take on salons, NerdMelt presents F@#ked-Up Futures tonight at 8 pm, where entertainers and writers share their twisted visions of what the future could be—but probably shouldn't. It’s an evening of storytelling, readings and multimedia presented by Conan writer Rob Kutner, author of Apocalypse How and The Future According to Me! He brings along Brian Posehn (Sarah Silverman); Jane Espenson (writer - Buffy, Battlestar, Game of Thrones); Chris Gore (Attack of the Show); Phil Lamarr (Futurama's Hermes Conrad, Justice League's Green Lantern); Mike Upchurch (writer - Mr. Show); Joel Levinson and others. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

We have two film picks for LA Film Fest screenings tonight. Disney•Pixar’s animated film Brave, set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland, follows the heroic journey of Merida (Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Tonight at 7:30 pm at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE 1. Over at The Grammy Museum, there’s a world premiere screening at 8 pm for the short film Ballads, Blues, and Bluegrass, shot by famed ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax's Greenwich Village apartment in 1961 during a late-night party, featuring some of the most influential blues, bluegrass, country and folk artists of the day, including Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Roscoe Holcomb. As an added bonus, there’s live musical performances from Father John Misty; Curt Smith, Tears for Fears and Asdru Sierra, Ozomatli, hosted by KCRW's Chris Douridas. Both films only have rush tickets available $13, so get there early.

Comedian, author, host and podcaster Adam Carolla visits Barnes & Noble tonight at 7 pm at The Grove to discuss and sign his latest book, Not Taco Bell Material, sharing stories behind how he came to be the angry middle-aged man he is today, organized by way of dumps and houses that Carolla's called home. This is a wristbanded event.

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Bar Marmont continues its newly launched Tuesday night DJ series for the month of June tonight, celebrating DJ Mathieu Schreyer’s (KCRW) 5th year anniversary. He and the Bar Marmont team have curated special guest DJ sets that begin at 10 pm and continue until 2 am each week. On the bill tonight are Schreyer with guest DJs B+ and Coleman (mochilla).

Tonight at 7:30 pm, author Colin Dickey presents and signs Afterlives of the Saints, a history of Christian faith through some of the strangest stories of the saints. “Today, such ascetics, pushing their bodies to the edges of experience, would be labeled with all manner of clinical diagnoses: masochism, anorexia, schizophrenia. The old pathways to sainthood are clearly incompatible with modern life. In our world, such practices are pathologies.”

*Pencil pick of the day

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