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Arts and Entertainment

Pencil This In: Trouble the Water DVD Release and Screening, Smokey Robinson

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Amoeba's movie screening takes place at Space15Twenty tonight. / Photo by El Daverino via LAist's flickr pool.


Amoeba's movie screening takes place at Space15Twenty tonight. / Photo by El Daverino via LAist's flickr pool.
FILM*
Amoeba holds its weekly Monday night series of music-related films in the courtyard of Space15Twenty. Tonight’s free screening is Trouble The Water, an award-winning look at Hurricane Katrina.Tia Lessin and Carl Deal tell the story of an aspiring rap artist and her husband who survive the storm and then take a chance for a new beginning. The DVD comes out tomorrow from Zeitgeist Films, and will be made available for early sale at the screening. The movie starts at 8 pm.

TALK
The Grammy Museum presents “An Evening With Smokey Robinson” tonight at 8 pm. The program features an onstage interview, audience Q&A and intimate performance by Robinson, who releases a new album of original material tomorrow. Time Flies When You’re Having Fun (ROBSO Records/ADA Distribution) features guest appearances by Carlos Santana, India.Arie and Joss Stone. Shepherd Fairey’s Studio Number One designs grace the cover. The album’s first single? A cover of of Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why.” Interesting choice.

BOOKS
Vampires are still all the rage. Tonight Kat Richardson presents and signs Vanished: A Greywalker Novel at 7 pm at Book Soup. Former PI Harper Blaine died for two minutes, now she’s a Greywalker—walking the line between the living world and the paranormal realm. “Forced by some very demanding vampires to take on an investigation in London, she soon discovers her present troubles in England are entangled with her dark past back in Seattle—and her ultimate destiny as a Greywalker.”

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DANCE
There’s the final J.A.M. session of the season tonight at the Ford starting at 7 pm. “¡A Bailar Son Jarocho!” is an evening of learning Son Jarocho dance moves from Ballet Folklorico Ollin. There will be live music on the Ford Amphitheatre stage. The evening is free and open to the public. Bring your picnic.

THEATRE
Tonight’s the last night to catch The Debate over Courtney O’Connell of Columbus, Nebraska tonight at 8 pm at Café Metropol in Downtown Los Angeles. It’s set in a tavern in Nebraska where Courtney’s ex-boyfriend has challenged her new fiancé to a public debate for her hand, invoking the Morgan Morality Act of 1894. Courtney is forced to choose a winner, and the second act of the play re-enacts events that led to the writing of the “Morgan Morality Act,” which may or may not exist. There’s a pre-show musical guest starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15.

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