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Concert Review: 826LA with Zooey Deschanel, Julie Buxbaum & Paul F. Tompkins @ Largo 2/16/08

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As far as live variety shows go, it doesn't get much better than the 826LA Book*Smart events at Largo. The event, which usually takes place once a month, features an author, a comedian and a musician. Saturday's event centered around headliner Zooey Deschanel, who blew the audience away with her vocal chops and helped raise funds for 826LA with sewn duck heads (it'll make sense as you keep reading).

Seating was at a premium, and for the first time in my experience, Largo even allowed some people to sit on the floor at the foot of the stage. The popularity of the event was also evident in the caliber of those in attendance--musicians like Jenny Lewis and Tennessee Thomas were there just to enjoy the show.

826LA executive director Mac Barnett served as the emcee throughout the evening and did a great job of acquainting everyone with the organization. He explained that one of the great things about Book*Smart is that all the money raised goes toward 826LA's tutoring locations in Venice and Echo Park.