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Pencil This In: Roger Corman, Root Beer Launch and Green Jobs

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A bird on La Brea. / Photo by aharvey2k via LAist's flickr pool.

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There's an amazing number of events going tonight for a Tuesday. Check 'em out:

Legendary film director/producer Roger Corman, whose works include the original Little Shop of Horrors (1960) and Deathrace 2000 (1975), has written his autobiography How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime. He’ll talk about his filmmaking, his book and other topics with Aïda Ruilova, a filmmaker known for her "gothic aesthetic." This free program begins at 7 pm. Tickets are required, and are available at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office one hour prior to start time. Limit one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6 pm.

The Center for Healthy Communities in Downtown LA hosts the public program “Green Jobs, Healthy Communities” tonight at 6:30 pm. Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green for All, will discuss how her organization is working to create healthier and more prosperous communities through green jobs, and what other can do to stand up for people and the planet. The event is being moderated by Darren Moore, founder of Ecovations, a certified green building and design company, and co-host of Alter Eco on Discovery's Planet Green TV Network. The event is free, RSVP here.

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There's a launch party for Margo’s Bark Root Beer tonight from 7:30-9:30 pm at The Larchmont Larder. They'll be serving up root beer floats made with Margo’s Bark and Milk’s house made ice cream and delicious bites provided by The Larchmont Larder. Bark Avenue will be on hand with some furry friends looking for a new home and Margo the dog herself will make a special appearance. The root beer grew out of Oscar Youd’s elementary school science fair project, and named after the family dog, 100% of the proceeds of the micro-brewed soda benefits shelter and rescue dog organizations.

The Grammy Museum’s on a roll this week with the programming. Last night it was Nanci Griffith, tomorrow, Rhett Miller. Tonight the museum welcomes the Colombian singer-songwriter Fonesca for an onstage interview and performance. He’ll be asked about his music, influences and recording career, and audience members can participate in the Q&A. Tickets are $14.95; $12 for members. The event begins at 8 pm.

Dame Edna plays the Ahmanson Theatre tonight at 8 pm. “The widely-loved international home-maker, talk show host, gigastar, fashion icon, swami and most sought-after friend to the rich, famous and royal, is making a return tour to the United States with what she describes as her "First Last Tour.’” Her show runs through June 21. Tickets are $20-$120. The show definitely isn’t for the kiddies.

On Tuesday nights at 8 pm, Theatre West hosts free readings of new plays, written by the company’s playwrights and performed by the company’s actors. In the spotlight tonight is “Petain,” written and directed by Lloyd J. Schwartz. It’s a two-act historical drama about Marshal Petain, a French general and war hero in World War I. During World War II, he was President of France and collaborated with Hitler and was a traitor. “He always believed that his mission was to save French lives. He did that for his soldiers. As President of Vichy France, he did that by sacrificing the Jews.”

Streetwear brand Akademiks is hosting a Fall 09 collection preview party today from 3-7 pm at Sur Lounge on Robertson in WeHo. The line’s launching Nine Days,” a new collection devoted to the spirit of individuality and freedom with a series of new denim styles and exclusive experimental washes.” There will be complimentary cocktails, apps and music provided by DJ Skeet Skeet. Please RSVP to in order to attend.

Nightscape is an annual benefit held by Lionnessla for the Downtown Women's Centerand it’s being held tonight at Crown Bar. The event will feature music, art installations by Gino Perez (Indian Casino Fashion) and Alesa Kostrikina (D'Nasip), and giftbags and giveaways. The party begins at 8 pm with special performances and DJ Lady Sha and other guest DJ's on the turntable. The cover’s free if you RSVP to

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