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Pencil This In: Screenwriting Expo Starts Today, Alicia Silverstone at Book Soup

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 BOOKSBook Soup presents Alicia Silverstone at 7 pm who discusses and signs her book The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Losing Weight, Looking Great, Saving Yourself, the Animals and the Planet!

The ITVS Documentary Series presents the film Copyright Criminals tonight at 7:30 pm at the Aero Theater. Directors Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod examine the issue of music sampling, including the debates over artistic expression, copyright law and ... money. The screening is free, and there will be a panel discussion immediately following the screening. RSVP to for priority seating.

The three-day 2009 Screenwriting Expo begins today at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. There are exhibits, workshops, pitching seminars, guest speakers and plenty of time for networking. Guests of honor include Anthony E. Zuiker of CSI, William Goldman, John Cleese, David Shore of House and many more. Online registration is now closed, but onsite registration starts between 4 and 8 pm today.

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The standout Figueroa Corridor nonprofit Esperanza Community Housing Corporation celebrates its 20th Anniversary Celebration tonight by honoring four advocates of health, housing and human rights in South Los Angeles. Esperanza’s benefit "Dancing under the Stars" will be held at the Mercado la Paloma tonight at 7 pm and honors Congressman Xavier Becerra, Community Activist and Esperanza’s Board Chairman Pastor Brian Eklund, founder of Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) Gilda Haas and Esperanza’s Founder Sister Diane Donoghue. Tickets are $100 each.

Actor Tim Robbins is artistic director of the Actor’s Gang in Culver City and has helped design the WTF?! Festival, composed of a singer/songwriter series, film talkback series, and a theater and dance series, each curated by Robbins and featuring members and friends of The Actors' Gang. Proceeds benefit outreach programs, such as theater residencies in public schools; a free outdoor family theater series; and a theater in prisons program focused on rehabilitation through the arts. Tonight at 8 pm is the one-woman show The Need to Know, written and performed by former Air Force Intelligence Analyst, April Fitzsimmons, who turned from warrior to peace activist. A Veteran's Forum to follow show. Tickets are $15, but free to members of the military with ID.

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