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Pencil This In: Steve Martin Plucks it Up for the LA Public Library

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FUNDRAISER
REDCAT hosts a reception and fundraiser honoring the film The Watermelon Woman and its director Cheryl Dunye from 6 to 7:45 pm tonight. The night will include an art auction, and proceeds will go toward adding The Watermelon Woman to UCLA’s Outfest Legacy Collection. The evening will include special guest appearances by members of the original Watermelon Woman cast, a burlesque performance by Malaika Millions and a DJ set by Anna Margarita Albelo. The 1996 film--the first ever theatrical feature directed by an African-American lesbian--will be screened at 8:30 pm after the reception. Tickets to the film are $9.

BOOKS AND BANJO*
Steve Martin’s playing the banjo tonight at 8 pm to raise money for the Los Angeles Public Library. The comedian-bluegrass musician will be in conversation with Dave Barry to launch the ALOUD at L. A. LIVE series. Held at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia, Martin will be performing songs from his musical debut CD, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo. The Steep Canyon Rangers band will appear with Martin and the CD’s producer, John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder) will join the group on stage during the performance. Tickets are $25-$250. STORYTELLING
Tonight The Moth’s third Los Angeles GrandSLAM takes place at King King Room, when 10 champion Moth StorySLAM storytellers will tell five-minute true tales on the theme “Feast or Famine”. Included in the lineup are a psychotherapist, a reformed Seventh Day Adventist, a reality show producer, a swamp queen, a two-time GrandSLAM champion. They and five others will be judged by Jason Bentley (KCRW Music Director), Moon Zappa and Jackie Clark (VH1, UCB Theater), among others. There aren’t any notes or scripts allowed, just throwback storytelling. The winner’s story will be featured on The Moth's podcast. The show begins at 8 pm, and tickets are $15. The event is now sold out!