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Pencil This In: Peter Mehlman, Richard Kramer on TV and Book Writing, Social Media Week and Music for a Monday

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Here’s the short list of what’s happening in today in LA: Social Media Week is underway; Peter Mehlman and Richard Kramer talk about their transition from TV to book writing; music at the Silverlake Lounge tonight with La Dolce Vita, the Mo-Odds and the Moderates; music and spoken word benefits for LA Zine Fest at Pehrspace; Middle Eastern frame drumming J.A.M. Session; Susanne Sundfør headlines It’s a School Night. Read on for all the details.

Social Media Week Los Angeles (SMWLA) is happening this week (through Friday) with a ton of keynote speakers, activities, special events and conversations on emerging trends in social and mobile media. (For example, Larry King interviews George Takei—who we should all be following on Twitter—or an advance screening of The Fifth Estate are two of the special events!) Best of all, most of the events are free. SMWLA takes place in locations all throughout LA but much of it will take place on the Official SMWLA Hub Location, ROC Santa Monica.

Tonight at 7 pm at Book Soup, writers Peter Mehlman (writer/producer of Seinfeld), and Richard Kramer (writer, director and producer of Thirtysomething and My-So-Called-Life), discuss “From TV to Books and Back.” The two will read from their new books Mandela was Late and These Things Happen, respectively, followed by a discussion on how they made the transition from TV to book writing.

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There’s a free show tonight at the Silverlake Lounge, presented by The MuseBox agency, headlined by La Dolce Vita (fronted by Michael Imperioli of the Sopranos) with support from the Mo-Odds and the Moderates. Show at 8 pm.

There’s a night of music and readings tonight at Pehrspace to benefit the L.A. Zine Festwith Mothers Of Gut, Pleasure Leftists, Spokenest, Exorcisms, French Vanilla. Writers include Dylan Doren, Emma Koffroth, Cwill, Aaron Howell, Ellie Gordon and Anastacia Goodin. Doors at 9 pm. Admission: $7.

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. Playing live are: Susanne Sundfør, Octopus Project, MYPET and Nervous Nellie with DJ sets by Guardian and Overjoy. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

Also, in Silver Lake at The Satellite, Zak Waters continues his Monday residency, highlighting new material from his album Lip Service. Also on the bill are Das Tapes, Run River North and Stacy Clark. $2 drink specials and $5 speciality cocktails from 6-9pm. Show at 9 pm. Free cover. 21+.

FRAME DRUMMING @fordtheatres
The Ford Amphitheatre hosts a free J.A.M. Session tonight at 7 pm focusing on Middle Eastern frame drumming. Rowan Storm leads attendees through an exploration of musical traditions of the Mediterranean and Middle East. Frame drums provided courtesy of Remo Drums, Inc.

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