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Pencil This In: How to Get Divorced by 30 and Business Films at USC

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Guillaume Cote from the National Ballet of Canada is one of the dancers performing tonight at the Music Center. | Photo: Gene Schiavone

Guillaume Cote from the National Ballet of Canada is one of the dancers performing tonight at the Music Center. | Photo: Gene Schiavone
Happy Mardi Gras, everyone! Check out LAist's suggestions on where and how to celebrate tonight before Lent starts tomorrow.

Otherwise, here are your non-Fat Tuesday event options tonight:

The Southern California Business Film Festival (Feb, 16-21) combines business and film to stimulate conversation about how financial transactions shape the way our world works and the importance of using ethics to solve pressing economic problems. Some of the festival highlights include: The opening night screening of 2081 (based on a Kurt Vonnegut story) tonight at 6 pm; a marketing and PR panel on Thursday; and a student film competition on Feb. 21, with an awards ceremony to follow. Click here for the full list of events. All screenings are free and open to the public and are being held at USC.

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Rickie Lee Jones’ plays tonight for one night only at the Vista Theater to promote her new album Balm in Gilead. This year marks Rickie Lee's 30th anniversary of making music. She’ll be performing many of her classic songs as well as material from her new record.

Renowned dancers bring various choreographers work to the Music Center tonight and tomorrow in Kings of the Dance. The three-act performance will include choreography by Frederick Ashton, Leonid Jacobson, Nacho Duato, Roland Petit, David Fernandez, Adam Hougland, Boris Eifman and Christopher Wheeldon. Performers include David Hallberg (American Ballet Theatre), Denis Matvienko (Mariinsky Ballet of St. Petersburg/formerly the Kirov Ballet), Desmond Richardson (Complexions Contemporary Ballet) and Nikolay Tsiskaridze (Bolshoi Ballet).7:30 pm. Tickets $30-$120.

Sascha Rothchild is at Book Soup tonight at 7 pm to read from her book How to Get Divorced by 30. It’s a memoir about the ending of a marriage that should have lasted forever--or at least for five years. But she realizes that she’s way too young to be stuck in a mediocre marriage. "With wit, moxie, and honesty, Sascha spills about the horrible ex-boyfriends, awkward dates, drugs, a near-death experience, and memories of growing up in an unconventional household that led to her short-lived marriage."

The Grammy Museum screens the film Louis Armstrong: Good Evening Ev’rybody tonight at 7:30 pm. It’s a never-before-released concert film of the 1970 Newport Jazz Festival tribute concert commemorating Armstrong’s 70th birthday. The concert included performances of Armstrong’s greatest hits by Dizzy Gillespie, Mahalia Jackson, Armstrong and others. A discussion with producer Albert Spevak will follow the screening. Doors open at 7pm. Admission is free (but a $10 suggested donation will not be turned away). Reservations required by calling 213.765.6830 or e-mail

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