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Pencil This In: 'The Hills' are Alive, Free Ben & Jerry's Cones

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The Paley Fest comes to the Cinerama Dome tonight. / Photo by Julie Wilson World via LAist's flickr pool.

The Paley Fest comes to the Cinerama Dome tonight. / Photo by Julie Wilson World via LAist's flickr pool.
Did you like Heidi and Spencer’s Q&A yesterday? Then tonight’s your night because the Paley Fest brings the cast of The Hills to the Cinerama Dome at 7 pmtonight. Though Spence isn’t on the bill, Heidi, Lauren Conrad, Audrina Patridge, Whitney Port, Brody Jenner and Lo Bosworth are. And you never know what may happen with this crew anyway. Tickets are $45-$60. If you have a question for them, post it here.

Got a story to tell about “Pinching Pennies”? Then head over to El Cid tonight for the monthly MOTH StorySlam. The Moth StorySLAM provides a stage and a microphone, and 10 people are selected to tell -- not read -- their stories (limited to five minutes). Stories will be judged and a winner will be crowned. Doors open at 7 pm and stories begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $6 at the door. Get there early for a seat.

It’s hawwwt outside, and what better way to cool down than with free ice cream? Today is Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day. So you have until 8 pm tonight to find a participating store to get your free cone of ice cream or fro-yo. Find the nearest location here.

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The Month of Photography LA continues tonight with a discussion on photography book collecting. Participants include Michael Dawson (gallerist, book store owner and collector); Jeff Dunas, (photographer and collector) and Manfred Heiting (publisher and collector). The free event begins at 7 pm tonight at the Helms Daylight Studio. RSVPs are required.

The Hammer Museum’s Forum series presents “A New New Deal” tonight at 7 pm. Our economy is sinking. How will the stimulus package(s) save it? One of President Barack Obama’s economic advisers Dr. James Galbraith outlines a “New New Deal” to save our economy. He teaches economics at the LBJ School at the University of Texas, Austin, where he is also the Director of The Inequality Project. The discussion will be led by Ian Masters, journalist, commentator, author, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, and the host of the radio program “Background Briefing” on KPFK 90.7FM. The event is free.

The Hammer provides a double dose of events tonight with “New American Writing: Lynne Sharon Schwartz” at 7 pm. She has published critically acclaimed fiction, nonfiction, essays, poetry, and translations from Italian and is on the faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars. The reading is free and open to the public.

Tonight, the LA Geek Dinner celebrates its three-year anniversary at 8 pm at uWink in Hollywood. The 36th installment of the monthly gathering welcomes Internet and technology lovers in Los Angeles. If you love tech, know that ur a geek or even just <3 geeks, then you need to be here tonight.

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