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

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.
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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.”

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.