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Pencil This In: 'The Drunken Botanist' Reading, Black Lips Documentary and BioShock Infinite Release with Nico Vega

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It's the beginning of Spring Break/Passover/Holy Week so it's a little quieter on the events front. But never fear, if you're itching to go out, here's what's happening in LA: a YA book panel discussion, a Black Lips Middle East tour documentary, a video game release party with Nico Vega, and an author reading of the book 'The Drunken Botanist.' Read on for the details:

Tonight at 7 pm, Vroman’s welcomes author Amy Stewart who discusses and signs her book The Drunken Botanist.Did you know gin was born when medieval physicians boiled juniper berries with wine to treat stomach pain? Her book explores the botanical history, the science and chemistry of over 150 plants, flowers, trees, and fruits (and even a few fungi) that have been fermented and distilled throughout time, contributing to cultures and probably a lot of hangovers.

LA’s own Nico Vega—fresh off a show at the Wiltern with Imagine Dragons and Atlas Genius—plays a set tonight at Universal City Walk to celebrate the release of a new video game BioShock Infinite. The band’s song “Beast” is featured in the highly anticipated game’s trailer and commericials. The band performs at 9 pm, and the line for the game release at midnight starts at 10 pm at the nearby Game Stop. Free.

You Know, For Kids is a documentary film of The Black Lips' tour of the Middle East that screens at Cinefamily tonight at 8 pm. While the tour wasn’t an easy one to put one because of politics and logistics, it included three groundbreaking stops in Egypt (the last known American rock band to play in that country being The Grateful Dead in 1978). Follow the band on their tour with Lebanese indie rockers Lazzy Lung, and see a different side of the Middle East. Director Bill Cody and Black Lips band members will attend the screening, plus Cole Alexander DJs after the film. Tickets: $12.

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The Black Lips: You Know, For Kids (trailer) from Cinefamily on Vimeo.

Tonight at 7:30 pm at Skylight Books, author Cecil Castellucci (The Year of the Beasts) presents a panel discussion The Kids Aren’t All Right, on dystopian young adult novels. The panel features local YA authors Jennifer Bosworth (Struck), Chris Howard (Rootless) and Sherri L. Smith (Orleans).

The Writer’s Block is at The Hotel Cafe at 8 pm tonight. It’s a monthly set of music by singer-songwriters hosted by musician/producer Mike Elizondo and singer-songwriter Lindsey Ray tonight at 8 pm. Tonight’s guest is Jeff Trott.

Tonight at 8 pm, Rogue Machine presents the ongoing series Rant & Rave—an evening of readings from writers where "prose finds voice." Tonight's writers, Nancy Linehan Charles, Aida Croal, Rob Dodd, Andrew Hawtrey, Frederik Pohl IV and Mary Jo Smith, have been given the prickly topic of "Fidelity." At Theatre/Theater's Mainstage. Tickets: $15.

*Pencil pick of the day

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