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Pencil This In: Monday (César Chávez Edition)

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This is not the magic bullet for syphilis. / Photo by William Hook via flickr.

Today we celebrate the life of César Chávez. So in honor of the great activist, get up off the couch and go out and enjoy these events.

As part of its Chavez week festivities, the Library's San Fernando branch offers the program, "Adelante! Let's Go!" by Makinto. It's a bilingual musical tour of the history of Hispanic Americans.

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5 pm // Los Angeles County Public Library - San Fernando // 217 N. Maclay Ave., San Fernando // Free.

Donna Martin, aka Tori Spelling, has written a book sTori Telling Tonight she reads from the tome, where she'll probably talk about 90210, her marriage, and her mommy and daddy issues. Gawkers not allowed at the reading, however. You have to buy the book to hear her read from it.

7 pm // Book Soup // 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood // Buying the book ($24.95) gets you two admission tickets.

New Beverly Cinema celebrates dysfunctional family life with two of Wes Anderson's films The Royal Tenenbaums and The Darjeeling Limited.

7:30 pm // New Beverly Cinema // 7165 W Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles // $7.

The Colburn Chamber Music Society presents a program of Bartok's "Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion" and Mendelssohn's "Octet in E Flat Major, Op. 20." Featured players include Robert Chen, concertmaster, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Perry Dreiman, percussionist, Los Angeles Philharmonic; and violist and conservatory faculty member Paul Coletti.

7:30 pm // Zipper Hall @ the Colburn School // 200 South Grand Avenue , Los Angeles // $5-$10.

Directed by William Dieterle, Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet was a controversial film when it was released in 1940 because it talked about a taboo subject: syphillis. Dr. Paul Ehrlich was the German physician who developed the first synthetic antimicrobial drug.

7 pm // Goethe-Institut Los Angeles // 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles // $5.

Tonight's “Reel Talk With Stephen Farber” features a film and discussion by Kimberly Peirce, director of Boys Don’t Cry. Tonight's screening is Stop-Loss with Ryan Phillippe, about an Iraq-war veteran who doesn't want to go back to the front. Peirce gives a talk after the screening.

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7 pm // Wadsworth Theatre // 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles // $20.

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