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Pencil This In: 30th Anniversary Screening of 'WarGames,' ABC Shows at PaleyFest, MK Asante in Conversation at ALOUD

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Here are our favorite events happening in LA tonight, from a 30th anniversary screening of WarGames with special guests to the PaleyFest previews of ABC shows to an evening of wine sampling and storytelling with The Moth. There's also a panel discussion on SoCal’s food and design trends; a comedy virgin sacrifice on the Westside; a discussion on hip-hop and literature with MK Asante; a new evening of cocktails and DJs at Sadie; and an art and culinary history of gardening through the centuries at LACMA. Read on for all the details.

There’s a special 30th anniversary screening of War Games tonight at 7:30 pm with special guests, director John Badham, writers Lawrence Lasker and Walter Parkes and actor Dabney Coleman at The Regent in Westwood. The “cautionary tale” about a teenage computer genius (Matthew Broderick) who nearly starts WW III was nominated for three Oscars in 1983. Tickets: $13 + $1 service fee.

The Moth and Apothic Wines team up for an evening of stories and tastings at UCLA’s Royce Hall tonight. Selected storytellers spin true tales under the theme of Saints and Sinners. On the bill tonight are Cindy Chupack (TV writer for Modern Family, Sex and the City and Everybody Loves Raymond); Kemp Powers (former LAist contributor), editor, author and playwright at LA’s award-winning Rogue Machine Theatre Company; Hector Black, World War II veteran and founder of Hidden Spring Nursery in Tennessee; and Jillian Lauren, author of the memoir Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and the novel Pretty. The wine reception begins at 7 pm and the mainstage show begins at 8 pm. For everyone who wears white or red, Apothic Wines will donate $25 to support The Moth. Tickets: $25-$50.

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Urban retailer Ilan Dei Venice hosts a panel discussion tonight from 6-9 pm on the eclectic food and design culture of Southern California. California Crafted: Local Food & Design Trend features panelists Alan Jackson, founder of Lemonade, Tony Yanow and Meg Gill of Golden Road Brewery and Ilan Dei Venice, owner of Ilan Dei. The event is free, but seating is limited. Advance reservations required to Michell Newman at

Sadie Kitchen & Lounge launches the new Tuesday event Stacked in The Parlor. The evening pairs guest DJ’s and bartenders,featuring Aaron Colbert, Audiomoe, Chuck Wild and DJ Just, with renowned NYC bartender Dominic Venegas.

The PaleyFest Previews of the networks’ upcoming fall TV schedule continues tonight at The Paley Center in Beverly Hills with a focus on two ABC shows. At 7 pm, there’s a screening of Trophy Wife, followed by a preview panel with cast members Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford, Marcia Gay Harden, Michaela Watkins, Bailee Madison, Ryan Scott Lee, Albert Tsai and creators and executive producers Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern and executive producer Lee Eisenberg. At 8:45 pm, there’s a preview panel of Back in the Game with cast members James Caan and Maggie Lawson as well as executive producers Robb Cullen and Mark Cullen. In addition to the two aforementioned shows, other shows will be screened tonight: The Goldbergs, Super Fun Night and Lucky 7. Tickets: $15. Both panels will be livestreamed, too.

There’s a Virgin Sacrifice tonight at 8 pm at the Westside Comedy Theater, where some of LA’s top comics—Hayes Hargrove, Helen Hong, Jeff Kahn, Jay Larson, Matt Marcy, Matt McCarthy, Baron Vaughn—perform alongside one stand-up virgin. The lucky virgin tonight is Brenda Heslin: “She has never performed Stand-Up Comedy in her life. But she did make Molly Shannon laugh. Once.” Beer and wine available and no drink minimum. Tickets: $5.

The Grindhouse Film Festival is at the New Beverly tonight for a double bill that starts at 7:30 pm with the "rare and completely bizarre An American Hippie in Israel (1972), filled with murderous mimes, robots, blood thirsty sharks, free loving debauchery and poignant anti-war monologues by raving mad hippies." It's followed by Gone with the Pope (1975), which starred Duke Mitchell as a gangster with a plan to kidnap the pope and charge each Catholic $1 as ransom. The film remained unfinished at the time of Mitchell's death in 1981, but Academy Award-winning film editor Bob Murawski spent 15 years completing the film from surviving clips and elements. Tickets: $8.

Tonight at 6:30 pm, LACMA presents the tour and dinner program,Cur-ATE: The Kitchen Garden. It begins with a tour of art from the 17th to the 21st centuries on works that emphasize the importance of kitchen gardens in Europe and America. Led by food and art historian Maite Gomez-Rejon of Artbites, learn about culinary trends and key figures in gardening history. After the tour, visit Ray's garden and then partake in a “harvest-inspired meal designed by Executive Chef Kris Morningstar of Ray's and Stark Bar.” Tickets (includes tour, dinner and parking): $90 members and $100 nonmembers.

Tonight at 7:15 pm, ALOUD at the Central Library presents the program The Blank Page: Literature, Hip-Hop and Freedom with writer, filmmaker and poet MK Asante. The author of the new memoir Buck will be in conversation with Jeff Chang, author and director, Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University. There’s a hosted reception with both authors in the courtyard after the program. Free. The event is currently at capacity; standby seats only.

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