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

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Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus No. 4070. / Photo by LA Wad via LAist's flickr pool.

Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus No. 4070. / Photo by LA Wad via LAist's flickr pool.
GOOD Magazineis 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.

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Tonight Community Cinema and LA’s Department of Cultural Affairs screens the film Crips and Bloods: Made in America at 6:30 pm at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater. The film will provide the jumping off point for a panel discussion with moderator Val Zavala, anchor and reporter of SoCal Connected, and filmmaker Stacy Peralta, Deputy Mayor of Gang Reduction and Youth Development Rev. Jeff Carr, and community organizer Skipp Townsend. The event will also provide an opportunity for greater dialogue with a live streaming discussion and an online chat at 8:15 pm PST on the ITVS Blog or follow it on Twitter with the event hash #itvscc.

The Grammy Museum welcomes LA-based singer-songwriter-musician Eleni Mandell for a discussion as part of its Emerging Artists showcase tonight at 8 pm. Tickets $15 and includes a free Eleni Mandell CD). During the program, Mandell will share the story of her indie success before performing her music.

ALOUD at the Central Library series continues tonight at 7 pm with investigative reporter Michelle Goldbert in conversation with Sue Horton, Op-ed & Sunday Opinion editor, LA Times. They’ll discuss the global war on women’s reproductive rights and its disastrous and unreported consequences for the future of global development.

AFI at the ArcLight’s Directors Screening series continues tonight at 8 pm at the ArcLight Hollywood with the screening of Every Little Step with a Q&A with the directors James Stern and Adam Del Deo immediately following the film. The film traces the history and context of the musical A Chorus Line, from its debut in the middle of the Watergate and the Vietnam War to the 2006 revival. “The film captures the intimate and grueling behind-the-scenes moments--actors suffering emotional breakdowns, dancers executing the most exquisite pirouettes of their lives, and directors moved to tears by a new delivery of a line they've heard a thousand times before.”

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