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Pencil This In: The Anti-St. Patrick's Day Event List

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Is the economy making us depressed or is it the other way around? Find out @ Zócalo tonight. / Photo by victoriabernal via LAist's flickr pool.

Is the economy making us depressed or is it the other way around? Find out @ Zócalo tonight. / Photo by victoriabernal via LAist's flickr pool.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Los Angeles. Read below for a few options that don’t involve Leprechauns or green beers.

At the Silent Movie Theatre tonight, author Erik Davis screens films and discusses Occult LA: Esoteric Cinema In The Southland. "Angelino occultism has many sources, but one of the most important is the cinematic imagination, whose mystic and psychedelic developments Davis will trace through a collection of clips and short films drawn from experimental (Maya Deren's Meshes of the Afternoon), B-movie (The Trip), and mainstream Hollywood fare (Seconds, Head). The evening's second half will be hosted by Process Books publisher Jodi Wille, who will present unusual footage of LA's wild and wooly spiritual fringe, including rare clips from the Universal World Church and the Source Family. Other guest presenters include Maja D'Aoust (Philosophical Research Society), Paul Nugent (the Aetherius Society), and Kenneth Anger collaborator Brian Butler, who will show some ultra-rare footage of the notorious Angelino witch Cameron." Tickets are $13.

Zócalo presents “Is Human Psychology Driving the Recession? A Conversation with George Akerlof and Robert Shiller” tonight at 7:30 pm at the Central Library. Is the current recession being spurred on by a collective, worldwide depression? Nobel laureate George Akerlof and Yale University economics professor Robert Shiller visit Zócalo to discuss “whether bad moods make for bad economies, and how best to transform our thinking and restore prosperity.”

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It’s time for The Moth’s monthly StorySLAM, eastside edition, at El Cid tonight. Brave souls get five minutes to tell their stories -- no notes -- and wow the crowd and judges. Tonight’s theme is birthdays. Although the show starts at 7 pm (sign up, mingle, volunteer to judge), get there early because the event’s usually a sellout.

Look out Antonio, Gavin’s coming to SoCal tonight to talk about California’s future. He’s holding a town hall at Santa Monica High School, South Gymnasium, tonight at 7 pm. In a note e-mailed to potential voters concerned supporters, the SF mayor wrote: “It’s time we put politics aside to find the best policies for Californians to help our friends and neighbors in this tough economy. And that means talking together as Californians about the kind of leadership we need to make change in Sacramento.” RSVPs required.

Lizz Winstead, creator of The Daily Show and Air America Radio, brings a multimedia morning news satire Wake Up World to the West Coast tonight and tomorrow night at 8 pm at the Steve Allen Theater. Wake Up World is performed, co-written and co-produced by Winstead and the members Shoot the Messenger ensemble which includes today's best comics, writers, actors and filmmakers from The Daily Show, UCB, Huffington Post, Air America Radio, National Lampoon and Second City.Tickets are $10.

Slow Children Crossing, an African-American comedy troupe, opens “It’s Uhhh...mazing” at the Lounge Theatre tonight at 8 pm (and subsequent Tuesdays until April 14). Among the story lines: Supermodel Naomi Campbell tries to get decent service in a restaurant. Substance-abusing celebrities behave badly on national television. The Goldilocks fairy tale is updated for the 21st century; and our new President and First Lady make short work of all our problems, national and international. Complimentary refreshments will be provided during tonight’s opening. Tickets are $12.

We's one St. Patty's Day event:

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Lucky Strike @ LA Live tonight from 8 pm-2 am -- because nothing says “I’m Irish” more than bowling against Leprechauns for prizes, $5 well drinks and $3 draft Heinekens!? This is a strict 21+, dress code-enforced event.

*Pencil pick of the day