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Pencil This In: Craft Mafia Meetup and Mona Lisa Explored @ The Getty

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A lecture on the Mona Lisa happens @ the Getty tonight. / Getty Center photo by Lydia Marcus (fotonomous) via LAist's flickr pool.

A lecture on the Mona Lisa happens @ the Getty tonight. / Getty Center photo by Lydia Marcus (fotonomous) via LAist's flickr pool.

FILM TALK
Oscar-winning singer-composer-pianist Randy Newman screens the John Ford film How Green Was My Valley tonight at 7:30 pm at the Skirball Center. There’s a Q&A with Newman before the film. Tickets are $10; $6 for members and $6 for full-time students. CRAFTS+DRINKS
Why would you go to a bar to watch a basketball game when you could go to a bar and learn how to create bottle cap magnets tonight? Tonight the Craft Mafia take over Saints & Sinners in Venice from 7-10 pm. They’ll provide the crafty materials and you just pay your own tab.

ART LECTURE*
Michel Menu, head of the research department laboratory at the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France, leads an audience exploration of one of the world’s most famous paintings in “Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa Uncovered” tonight at 7 pm at the Harold M. Williams Auditorium. “Speculation about her enigmatic smile, her identity, and the painting’s meaning have only increased the Mona Lisa’s fame. But what does the painting look like at nanometer scale?” The event is free.

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GLEE CLUB
Maybe we’re subconsciously looking forward to watching Glee on Fox after American idol tonight...because we just had to list that the Pomona College Glee Club plays the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica at 7:30 pm tonight The 24-voice chamber ensemble opens their annual tour tonight and features works by Bach, Byrd, Messiaen, Schütz, Hindemith, Whitacre and Morley. They are joined by award-winning cellist/composer Tom Flaherty and LACMA graduate keyboardist Linda Zoolalian. Donna M. Di Grazia, conducts.

G33K <3
The May LA Geek Dinner is being held tonight at 8 pm at uWink in Hollywood. The monthly dinners are a gathering of Internet and technology lovers in Los Angeles. It’s a chance to network, hobnob and interact IRL with like-minded peeps. Just show up and pay for your own dinner.

STORIES
The Moth’s monthly StorySLAM takes over El Cid tonight. Storytellers will spin their tales around the theme of “foreign soil.” Each participant gets 5 minutes to tell their story. No reading. No notes. Doors open at 7 pm and the stories begin at 7:30. $6 at the door.

FILM
Out In The Silence is a documentary film that captures the chain of events that unfold filmmaker Joe Wilson announces his wedding to another man and ignites a firestorm of controversy in the small Pennsylvania hometown he left long ago. Out In The Silence is a Sundance Works in Progress screening, which provides an opportunity for filmmakers and viewers to explore the creative process and examine the issues addressed in the film. The 7:30 pm screening at the Hammer Museum will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer.

*Pencil pick of the day