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Pencil This In: Learning at Nerd Nite, Riot Grrrls at Skylight Books, KPCC's Food Truck Debate and Creepy Cartoons at Cinefamily

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KPCC's food truck discussion is tonight. | Photo by Sean Rouse via LAist's flickr pool.

KPCC's food truck discussion is tonight. | Photo by Sean Rouse via LAist's flickr pool.
Nerd Night is a new informal gathering of the minds, where people drink while listening and learning from scheduled speakers. Love their slogan “Be there and be square.” Tonight’s presentations are: The not-so ancient art of Karaoke, Imaging the Total Synthesis of Diurea and Jim Henson, The Great Muppet Capo. 7:30 pm at the Air Conditioned Supper Club in Venice. Cover charge: $10 at the door.


There’s been some controversy brewing on where mobile food trucks can operate (hello, Miracle MIle!) KPCC’s AirTalk hosts a debate on how LA’s food trucks should operate with Larry Mantle, Councilman Tom LaBonge and guests. It’s an important discussion because the issue will be brought up before the City Council later this month. Trucks @GrlldCheeseTruk, @BorderGrill, @KabobnRoll, @ThePlaceLA will be serving food before the discussion. At KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena. Admission to the event is free, but regular prices apply for food. (KPCC will provide free dessert and coffee at the end of the night.) Eat from 4-6 pm, and the discussion begins at 6:30.

Skylight Books welcomes Sara Marcus, who’ll read from her book, Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution (HarperPerennial). Her book covers the history of Riot Grrrl--the feminist punk movement of the 90s. In addition to the reading, music acts Dunes and Anna Oxygen will play for the crowd. 7:30 pm. Free.

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Animation historian Jerry Beck and Cinefamily team up for the annual Halloween showcase of monster cartoons and clips, including The Groovie Goolies, Milton the Monster, King Kong and a rare screening of Disney’s classic The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. Guests include the creative types from Screen Novelties. Tickets - $13/$9 for members, $40 2-person couch, $60 3-person couch. 8 pm.

The Grammy Museum welcomes singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash for an onstage interview discussing her songwriting process, her latest album The List (Manhattan Records) and her recently released memoir Composed (where she no doubtedly talks about her father, the Man in Black. She’ll perform a few songs with husband and producer John Leventhal and take questions from the audience. Tickets: $25. 8 pm.

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