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Crime and punishment are on the discussion table at the Hammer tonight.│Photo by colin.brown via LAist’s flickr pool.

When Hollywood’s Production Code took effect in 1934, the onscreen antics of film characters got decidedly more wholesome. The same rang true for the cartoons of the time. Pre-Code, the animation by major studios was “just as violent, sexy, rude and crude as their live action counterparts. Nudity, naughty words, and outrageous gags involving body parts, toilet paper, voyeurism, ethnic stereotypes and, in particular, booze (remember, this was before prohibition ended) were the order of the day.” Tonight see rare Pre-Code shorts starring Betty Boop, Krazy Kat, Scrappy and Flip The Frog. Animation historian Jerry Beck (of, who will also introduce the program.

8pm // Silent Movie Theatre // 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles // $12 ($8 for members).

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LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan moderates the discussion “Film as a Catalyst for Social Change” tonight at the DGA. Panelists will include Edward Zwick, director of Blood Diamond; Diane Weyermann, executive vice president for Documentary Films at Participant Media (An Inconvenient Truth); and Charles Burnett, director of Killer of Sheep. Reservations recommended.

7 pm // Directors Guild of America // 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles // Free.

Who needs Katie Couric or Charlie Gibson when you have a cell phone camera? That’s what the Paley Center’s “Beyond the Anchor Desk: The Rise of Citizen Journalism” panel examines tonight. Appearing tonight are: Bill Delano, filmmaker/producer, Not Your Average Travel Guide; Robert Greenwald, filmmaker/activist,; Max Lugavere, producer/host, Current TV; Tony Pierce, blog editor, The Los Angeles Times; Marvin Putnam, Partner/O'Melveny & Myers LLP; Jason Silva, producer/host, Current TV; and moderator Martin Kaplan, director, The Norman Lear Center

7 pm // Paley Center for Media // 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills // $25.

LA SIGGRAPH presents "Maker Night,"which is part science fair, part lecture and part social. Tonight's guest speakers include Boing Boing's Mark Frauenfelder who'll talk about "The Rise and Fall and Ride of Modern Making." There will also be a "circuit bending performance by Jeff Boyton who's going to create an immersive audio environment honed from his hand crafted electronic instruments built from leftover consumer electronic detritus."

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6:30 pm // The Writers Boot Camp @ Bergamot Station // 2525 Michigan Ave., Bldg I, Santa Monica // Event is free to Los Angeles ACM SIGGRAPH; $20 for non-SIGGRAPH members.

"With less than five percent of the world's population, the US holds a quarter of the world's prisoners. The root of this is the high rate of incarceration for drug offenses, and their lengthy sentences." That's the central statement to the Hammer program tonight called, "The Crime of Punishment." Speakers tonight include Marc Mauer, author of Young Black Men and the Criminal Justice System, and Americans Behind Bars; Honorable Judge James P. Gray, Superior Court of Santa Ana; and Chief Norm Stamper, retired Seattle Police Chief.

7 pm // Hammer Museum // 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles // Free, but reservations required.

*Pencil pick of the day