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Pencil This In: Toons in Drag, Rail's Future in California and David Sedaris in Long Beach

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There's a book signing and discussion tonight with cartoonists and authors Jaime Hernandez, Jordan Crane and Todd Hignite at Family Bookstore for the release of The Art of Jaime Hernandez-The Secrets of Life and Death. "Jaime Hernandez, along with his brothers, Gilbert and Mario, changed American cartooning forever when they self-published their first comic book, Love and Rockets in 1981...Hernandez's stories chronicle the lives of some of the most memorable and fully formed characters the comics form has ever seen. His female protagonists, masterfully delineated with humor, candor, and breathtaking realism, come to life within California's Mexican-American culture and punk milieu." 7 pm.

Tonight Palate restaurant in Glendale has an evening of Jazz'n'Juice starting at 6 pm. It's a "casual tasting of Austrian wines from four notable winemakers." Meet winemakers Gerhard Lobner (Rotes Haus), Rainer + Weingut Christ, Wolfgang Krinninger (Zahel) + Michael Martin (Martinshof). The jazz kicks in after the tasting at 8:30 pm. $5

Jerry Beck's Animation Tuesdays series is at the Silent Movie Theater tonight at 8 pm. Co-presented with Outfest, the theme's Toons in Drag. Here's how Cinefamily describes the show: "Whenever our beloved cartoon characters get into the act, however, it all starts to get a little nuttier, and dare we say -- hotter? Confused, are you? Then this special program, compiled by animation historian Jerry Beck, will certainly set you straight. Or gay. Or somewhere in-between! Come for clips of your favorite toon stars cavorting as members of the opposite sex, alongside historic depictions of "swishy" characters and complete shorts on 35mm and 16mm featuring classic moments of animated role reversal." $13