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Pencil This In: Morton's Cookbook Release Party, Cabaret at the Magic Castle

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues its series “Hollywood’s Greatest Year: The Best Picture Nominees of 1939.” On the big screen is the John Steinbeck classic Of Mice and Men with Lon Chaney Jr. as Lennie and Burgess Meredith as George. The tickets are $5 and there’s a “Buck Rogers” serial chapter at 7 p.m. and the feature presentation at 7:30 p.m. All screenings will be held at Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The Ford Amphitheater hosts the “Feel the Folk” J.A.M. session tonight at 7 pm. Whether you’re a pro or an amateur, bring along your instrument(s) to play along with other bluegrass and folk fans. The session is free, and reservations can be made at or by calling the Ford box office at 323.461.3673. Bring a picnic, too.

There’s an evening of “Cabaret at the Castle” with Rachel Yorktonight at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. In her show “For the Love of It,” York will share stories and songs from the American songbook as well as other stage and screen classics. She’s a veteran of shows and films like Broadway's City of Angels, Les Misérables, Victor/Victoria, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Kiss Me, Kate, Sly Fox and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Doors are at 7 pm and the show starts at 8. Tickets are $40 for nonmembers: Call 323.851.3313 x434 for more information.

Morton’s in Beverly Hills is holding a book-signing reception to benefit the nonprofit Feeding America! tonight from 6-7:30 pm. They’ll sample recipes from Morton's The Cookbook and pair them with select wines and cocktails. The event will be hosted by Klaus Fritsch, Morton's co-founder and co-author of Morton's Steak Bible and Morton's The Cookbook. Tickets are $59 per guest and include a copy of Morton's The Cookbook, a $5 donation to Feeding America, tax and gratuity. (The release party will be held at Morton's Burbank location tomorrow night.)

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