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Pencil This In: GOOD Transportation Discussion and Violence Prevention Through Empowering Communities

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GOOD Magazine is examining transportation issues at tonight’s “Transit and The Community” panel discussion and interactive workshop at the GOOD space on Melrose at 7 pm. Top planners, transportation designers and public officials will be in attendance to discuss how to transform LA's transit infrastructure. Attendees will then be invited to join in an interactive workshop to help articulate transportation and land use ideas. On the panel: John Chase, West Hollywood Urban Designer; Simon Pastucha, LA Design Studio; James Rojas, METRO planner; Michael Lejeune, creative Director Metro Design Studio; Mike Feuer, California Assemblyman, 42nd District; Ming Fung, Graduate Director SCI-Arc; and moderator Alissa Walker. You must RSVP for this event by 5 pm today.

For more than 30 years, the Santa Cruz-based organization Barrios Unidos has been working toward promoting community peace rather than just preventing violence. By working with like-minded partners and across agencies, the organization has continued the tradition of the civil rights movement. Tonight the Center for Healthy Communities hosts an interactive dialogue with reps from Barrios Unidos and their partners to see what we can learn and share to empower LA’s own disenfranchised communities. The free event starts at 5:30 pm. RSVPs are recommended.

Before playing a pasty vampire that stole teenage girls hearts everywhere, Robert Pattinson starred in the little coming of age comedy How To Be. In the indie film, he plays musician dumped by his girlfriend forced to move back with his parents to deal with his quarter-life crisis. He hires a self-help guru to move in as his full-time life coach to make him normal. Tonight, the film screens at the Laemmle's Monica 4-plex at 7:30 pm. There’s a Q&A with writer-director Oliver Irving and composer Joe Hastings to immediately follow the screening. Tickets are $15.