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Pencil This In: Ranting & Raving on Education, Social Media Week LA and Zócalo

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Tonight, Rogue Machine@Theatre Theater presents the latest installment of Rant & Rave. A number of vocal LA writers have been asked to rant or rave on the topic of Education. Hosted by Ron Bottita, the evening will feature original works by Daniel Jordan Booth, Phil Casnoff, Patrick Flanagan, Mel Green, Ellie Herman, Douglas Kearney and Roger Lowenstein. Tickets: $15 (but get $5 off by showing them a past due bill from the last two months). 8 pm.

Social Media Week LA kicks off today, with a number of workshops, lectures and events happening throughout the city. It’s part of a multi-city global conference that’s connecting people, content and conversations around emerging trends in social and mobile media. Runs through Friday. Tickets to events range from free to $30. Follow the events on Twitter @SMWLA.

At tonight’s Reel Talk with Stephen Farber, audiences will get a sneak preview of Nowhere Boy, the biopic focusing on John Lennon's teenage years in Liverpool. The film focuses on the conflict between his troubled mother and the stern aunt who raised him. Guest speakers will include music critics and historians. 7 pm at Wadsworth Theatre, on the Veterans Administration grounds, Bldg 226. Tickets: $20/$10 student rush tickets available one hour before event.

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Zócalo explores the relationship between design and health tonight at 7:30 at the Petersen Automotive Museum. A number of hospitals and clinics are taking design and architecture into consideration with an eye toward patient outcomes and quality of care, while trying to save money in the process. Speakers tonight include: James Theimer, principal architect and founder of the Redding firm of Trilogy Architecture, and Mary Dee Hacker, Vice President of Patient Care Services of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. RSVPs recommended.

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