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Pencil This In: Panel Discusses Food Waste, Molly Ringwald on Her Career, Music and a Roger Ebert Film Series Tribute

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Happy Monday, LA! There’s an eclectic lineup of events happening in town tonight: food waste issues and solutions are discussed at the Crawford Family Forum; Criminal Hygiene continues its May residency; Holy Ghost plays the Troubadour; Molly Ringwald talks about and performs selections from her debut album; IDA workshop on publicists and publicity for films; music for a school night and a new film series honors Roger Ebert. Read on for all the details.

Tonight at 8 pm, The Grammy Museum presents the program The Drop: Molly Ringwald. The actress recently released her debut record Except…Sometimes—an homage to the standards and the Great American Songbook. The album does also contain her own rendition of The Breakfast Club classic, “Don’t You (Forget About Me).” Following the discussion about her music and career, Ringwald takes questions from the audience and performs songs from the album. 8 pm. Tickets: $20.

KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum holds an interesting panel discussion on food waste tonight at 7 pm. Tons of food is thrown out or wasted on a daily basis, and the forum explores how industry, community, policy and individual efforts to both share and reduce waste can help LA move toward a more “food-secure future.” Moderated by Desiree Gutierrez, CSU Northridge Master's in Public Policy (MPP), the panel includes Robert Egger of DC Central Kitchen and forthcoming L.A. Kitchen founder; Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the LA County Department of Public Health; Michael Flood, CEO of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank; and Bonnie Lee La Madeleine and Jean-Francois Chenier, creators of the 222 Million Tons blog and app. Free, but reservations required.

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Here are a couple of music picks: Criminal Hygiene continues its free music residency at the Bootleg tonight with The Phils, Beach Party, Whippoorwill and Larry Little (DJ set). Doors at 8 pm and show at 8:30. Over at the Troubadour, the Brooklyn-based synthpop-duo Holy Ghost take to the stage to promote their upcoming album Dynamics. Doors at 8 pm. $20.

The International Documentary Association presents the IDA DOC U program Working with Publicists tonight from 7:30-9 pm at Cinefamily. There are many ways for filmmakers to connect with audiences, and the right publicity strategy can attract the attention of critics, bloggers, influencers and viewers. Moderated by Josh Welsh, co-president of Film Independent, the panel tonight features leading publicists for documentaries, including Amy Grey, president of Dish Communications, David Magdael, president of David Magdael & Associates, Inc. and Nancy Willen, founder of Acme Public Relations. General admission: $20, $15 for IDA members and $5 for IDA student members.

It’s a School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. On tap tonight are live performances by the Little Ones, Hudson Taylor, Lawrence Rothman and the Honey Trees. DJ sets by Surf Ambassador Hendo and special guests. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

American Cinematheque presents a new monthly series, The Great Movies: A Tribute to Roger Ebert. Whether you agreed or not with his opinions, the Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert left an indelible mark on the film industry. The new series pays homage to his favorite films, including Vertigo and Citizen Kane. The series begins tonight at the Aero with a screening of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. 7:30 pm. $11.

*Pencil pick of the day

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