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Pencil This In: Matt Nathanson, Joshua Radin in Concert, West African Cinema Series, 'A Suicide Note for Life' Book Launch

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Here’s our short list of what’s happening tonight in LA. Loyola Marymount University, Film Independent and LACMA team up for a new film series Caméras d’Afrique; Matt Nathanson and Joshua Radin are in concert; there’s a book release event for A Suicide Note for Life; and comedy, crafting and fun at the Sunset Strip Market. Read on for all the details.

It’s a strong singer-songwriter bill tonight at The Wiltern with Matt Nathanson on The Last of the Great Pretenders tour to support his latest album of the same name. Joshua Radin opens. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $25 + $9 in fees.

Tonight at 7 pm, Family holds a book release party for Aaron’s Brown’s A Suicide Note for Life. It’s a collection of photos and phrases in which “journalistic images are juxtaposed with one-liners inspired by universalist self-help language - demonstrating that universals can't always account for the beautiful or tragic details of a single moment.” Brown, an L.A.-based photographer and director, will be signing books. There are only 150 copies. And a bonus? Free Newcastle beer!

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In advance of tomorrow’s arrival of the LA Podcast Festival, Keith Malley and Chemda of Keith and the Girl are hosting a live stand up and talk show featuring L.A. comedians from 7-10 pm at Echoes Under Sunset. Comics scheduled to appear are Bruno G, Keith Lowell Jensen, Henry Phillips, Dan St. Germain, Annie Lederman, Chris Gore and Julian McCullough. Advanced tickets: $20 or $29 at the door.

Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television and Film Independent at LACMA haved teamed up for the month-long series Caméras d’Afrique: The Films of West Africa. Curated by Elvis Mitchell, the series focuses on the past 50 years of West African cinema and features 21 narrative and documentary films, some of which have never been shown in the U.S. Panel discussions, filmmaker Q&As have also been scheduled throughout the month. The programming begins tonight at 5:30 pm with Bye Bye Africa, a 1999 film from Chad, directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, and at 8:30 pm is the U.S. premiere of Grigris, also directed by Haroun. There's a conversation between Mitchell and the director preceding the 8:30 pm film. General admission: $10. Includes reception between screenings. Caméras d’Afrique runs through Oct. 28.

Tonight the Sunset Strip Market presents free music by Lady Zep, an all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band from 6-9 pm. After shopping for produce and other goods, stay for dinner with the food trucks in attendance: The Fish Peddlers, CJ’s Wings and The Kosher Palate with a happy hour from 6-7 pm that has $1 off pours in the craft beer and wine garden. Just a few more weeks until the market’s 2013 season wraps on Oct. 24.

It’s time for another Etsy Meet & Make: Craft Night at CAFAM tonight from 7-9 pm. Learn to make piñatas with the Chibi Sen Team. Learn from Yesenia & Josue Prieto and their cousin Cleia Barreto—all 3rd generation piñata makers—to construct your own from paper mache. They’ll demo the craft at 7 and 7:30 pm. Cost: $7/ free for CAFAM members (includes materials, drinks, and snacks). RSVP preferred.

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