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Pencil This In: James Blake in Concert, Halloween Variety Shows, Horror Writers Panel Discussion and 'Nosferatu'

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Here are our Tuesday night event picks—the short list of things to check out in LA tonight, including James Blake in concert; a poetry reading by Amir Or; competing Halloween variety shows at the Virgil and Skinny’s Lounge; Horror Writers Association members talk about all things dark; and Cinefamily screens the German expressionist classic Nosferatu. Read on for all the details.

MUSIC
Electronic music producer and singer-songwriter James Blake is embarking on a huge fall tour with two stops in LA. Tonight, he plays the Wiltern (tickets: $35+ fees) at 7 pm. Warpaint opens. Tomorrow he plays at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery at 6 pm (Tickets: $40).

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HORROR WRITING
The program A Murder of Horror Writers Talk About Things Dark, Dreadful and Delightful happens tonight at 7 pm at Loyola Marymount University’s William H. Hannon Library. Horror Writers Association members Kevin Wetmore (LMU professor), Jennifer Bosworth (The Killing Jar), Gretchen McNeil (Possess) and Josh "Worm" Miller (A Zombie History of the United States) talk about young adult horror, writing for the screen and writing for the reader and devling into what scares the beejebus out of us. Free. Info and RSVP.

FILM
The Flux Screening Series is back at the Hammer Museum tonight at 7:30 pm with short films, music videos, filmmaker presentations and visual installations. There are several premieres in the program: Matt Bieler’s “Words by Rakim,” The Paper Kites “Young” directed by Darcy Prendergast, Portugal The Man’s “Modern Jesus” directed by AG Rojas, short film “Danielle” by Anthony Cerniello, the Cults “High Road” by Hiro Murai and “Move A Little” directed by Andrew Wontorsky and Ryan Falkner. Plus new works from Toro Y Moi, Thiago Pethit, Clubfeet and others. Cash bar in the courtyard after the screenings. The free tickets are required and available on a first come, first served basis. Parking is available under the museum with a $3 flat rate after 6 pm.

VARIETY
The Victory Lap variety show presents its Halloween special tonight featuring comedy, music, magic and more at the Virgil tonight at 9 pm. Hosted by Seth W. Owen (Movie Night @ The Roosevelt) and Stuart Jenkins (Associate Producer, BBC America’s The Nerdist) the evening’s lineup includes Jerrod Carmichael, Katie Crown, Davy Johnson, Laura Maxwell, Johnny Pemberton and Dracula. Costumes welcome. There’s no cover, and the Virgil has a great happy hour all night. There’s valet so you don’t have to worry about finding a parking space in this nabe.

POETRY
Tonight at 7:30 pm, celebrated Israeli poet Amir Or reads from his work at John Rutberg Fine Arts. Or’s poetry has been translated into more than 20 languages. The reading is coinciding with the gallery’s current exhibition Jordi Alcaraz: Altered States. Presented by the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts & Humanities an RSVP is requested at bindell@usc.edu.

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Murnau's NOSFERATU (trailer) from Cinefamily on Vimeo.

FILM
Cinefamily screens the German expressionist classic film F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror tonight at 8 pm. “Backed by an orchestral performance of Hans Erdmann’s original 1922 score, this edition is derived from a new high-definition transfer of Murnau’s masterpiece, with unprecedented visual clarity and historical faithfulness to the original release version.” Tickets: $12/free for members.

MORE VARIETY
Skinny’s Lounge in NoHo hosts another Halloween-themed variety show and party—Elixir—tonight beginning at 7:30 pm. Think Rat Pack and Mad Men with singers, dancers, comedians, burlesque artists, pole dancers, karaoke and more. Live music by Funky Munky. Stylish dress (retro/60's/posh) is encouraged—there’ll be prizes for best costumes, too. Show at 8 pm. Free Admission, 21+. Stoli flavored Vodka Specials ($6) and The Grilled Cheese Truck will be serving all night.

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