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Pencil This In: Dick Van Patten at Book Soup, The Moth in Venice and the Films of Chris Langdon

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The theme for tonight's Moth storytelling event is 'music'. | Photo by didier burton via LAist's flickr pool.

The theme for tonight's Moth storytelling event is 'music'. | Photo by didier burton via LAist's flickr pool.
The Moth StorySLAM provides a stage and a microphone, and people are selected to tell--not read--their five-minute stories. These are true stories ripped from the pages of your lives. Tonight at the Air-Conditioned Supper Club in Venice is the monthly Westside edition with the theme of “music.” Doors open at 7 pm and the stories start at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7.

Tonight at 7 pm Dick Van Patten presents and signs his bookEighty is Not Enough: One Actor’s Journey Through American Entertainment at Book Soup. Best known for his work as the dad on Eight is Enough, he reflects on a career that has lasted more than seven decades. He shares insights and anecdotes about some of the biggest names in TV, movies and theater, along with the challenges of being a husband, father, animal rights crusader and as working actor in a very fickle business.

Just a reminder DineLA runs today through Friday, and next Monday through Friday. Lots of top LA restaurants are participating in the promotion aimed at getting Angelenos out and eating with prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner. Some of the restaurants we want to hit inlcude: BLD, Josie’s, Grace, Street, The Bazaar and the Lazy Ox Canteen -- for starters!

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Tonight marks a seven-night performance of Age of the World Spreadsheet by Steve Kado. It's a presentation about “Systems of Everything” and the way systems have shaped how we actually make and use knowledge in our everyday world. “Following the model of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage viewers will be treated to a combination of public speaking and new-age music as we move back and forth through time, examining the roots and conclusions of rationality’s capacity and the vile glory of our human limits.” The performance each night begins at 8 pm at Machine Project through next Monday.

REDCAT presents the film program Now, You Can Do Anything: The Films of Chris Langdon tonight at 8:30 pm. Langdon was a student of Pat O’Neill, Robert Nelson and John Baldessari and became known for her work in painting, sculpture, film, photography and graphics. Her film work from the mid-1970s is often a “brash and funny mix of the so-called high and low: one short film uses a bondage setup as a pretext for a critique of structuralism, while a ludicrous and satirical portrait of Picasso reveals the questionable authority of moving images.” Langdon will be attending the screening tonight. Tickets are $9, $7 for students and $5 for CalArts students, faculty and staff.

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