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Pencil This In: 826LA Book Release, Heard of Elephants Group Show Tonight

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The literacy and writing nonprofit 826LA East (in Echo Park), is hosting the book release party for the student-written, “Thanks and Good Luck Running the Country: Kids' Letters to President Obama.” On hand to join the celebration will be author and 826 National cofounder Dave Eggers tonight at 7:30 p.m. The LA-based authors will be reading, discussing and signing copies of the book. Come to hear gems of advice like this one for our new president: “When you are president, don't eat junk food. Junk food makes you fat. Your family shouldn't eat junk food, either, because it is not healthy. Obama, you rock.” To pre-order your copy and secure a seat at the event visit
Ghettogloss presents a group show by members of the Drawing Club, featuring work by : Ray Caughron, Matthew Gray, Silas Hite, Emily Hillburg, Annie Hsu, Patrick Whitehorn and more. The opening cocktail reception is tonight from 8 pm to midnight. The show runs through Feb. 11.

Last week we mentioned that the Aero was holding a Hitchcock retrospective. Now while the other titles in the series are well known, tonight’s double feature films aren’t. Up first at 7:30 pm is I Confess, 1953. “Montgomery Clift plays a priest who undergoes a crisis of faith when he hears a murderer's confession; as the film progresses, he takes on the man's guilt as his own, both literally (as police wrongly suspect him of the murder) and psychologically.” That’s followed by 1950’s Stage Fright, where Jane Wyman is a struggling actress who helps hide fellow student Richard Todd when he's accused of killing his lover's husband.”