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Pencil This In: Peter Balakian's Poetry, Thom Andersen's Los Angeles, Stewart Copeland at The Grammy Museum and a Burlesque Preview

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'Pixel Pushers' exhibit at Scion Installation L.A. includes work by artist Zach Gage (above) through Dec. 11. | Photo: ScionART

'Pixel Pushers' exhibit at Scion Installation L.A. includes work by artist Zach Gage (above) through Dec. 11. | Photo: ScionART
REDCAT hosts a screening tonight at 8:30 pm for Thom Andersen’s film Get Out of the Car, an homage to Los Angeles where Andersen is “...recording the city’s most evanescent signs, memorializing some of its vanished monuments and musical history.” The film responds to his award-winning documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself. Tickets: $9, $7 for students and $5 for CalArts faculty, staff and students.

The ALOUD series at the Central Library welcomes author Peter Balakian (The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response), who’ll be reading poems from his latest work Ziggurat. The collection explores the “aftermath of 9/11 through layered perspectives of myth, history, and personal memory.” He’ll be in conversation with Hovig Tchalian, co-founder of Critics Forum. Tonight at 7 pm at the Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium.

Reel Talk with Stephen Farber previews the Cher-Christina Aguilera movie musical Burlesque tonight at 7 pm at the Wadsworth Theater. The film also stars Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci and Alan Cumming. Tonight’s guest speaker is the film’s director Steven Antin. Wordsworth Theater 7 pm.

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Sony television preservationist Dan Wingate presents the program, The Color of Television tonight at 7:30 pm. He’ll screen examples of early color television shows from the 1950s, including clips from the Dinah Shore Show, The Eddie Fisher Show, among others, and talk about digital preservation strategies. Free program, held at the James Bridges Theater at UCLA.

Tonight at 8 pm the Grammy Museum welcomes ex-Police member Stewart Copeland for an onstage interview and reading from his 2009 autobiography Strange Things Happen, A Life With The Police, Polo and Pygmies. He'll bring rare footage and clips to share with the audience as well. Tickets: $20.

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