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Pencil This In: R. Crumb on Genesis, Ghost Stories at Angels Gate Cultural Center

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Robert Crumb talks tonight at UCLA.

Robert Crumb talks tonight at UCLA.
Tonight at 7:30 pm, Zócalo and The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West present the program How Will Climate Change Transform L.A.? Moderated by Paul Wennberg, director, Linde Center for Global Environmental Science at the California Institute of Technology, the panel includes CalTech Professor of Environmental Science Tapio Schneider, UCLA Associate Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Alex Hall, and Pulitzer Prize winning environmental writer Usha McFarling. The event takes place at The Huntington in San Marino. Free, but reservations are recommended.

Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro presents Scary Stories VII with Melanie Jones tonight at 6:30 pm. This all-ages event features classic and contemporary tales of terror will be read aloud in the dark, outside around a fire. Mwwwwahahhhhhaaah. Tickets: $5 general admission, kids 6 and younger are free. Bring your own picnics and seating and remember to dress warmly.

UCLA Live! hosts an evening with Robert Crumb tonight at 8 pm at Royce Hall. R. Crumb is known for his psychedelic comics—including the characters Fritz the Cat, Mr. Natural, Devil Girl and the popular Keep on Truckin’ cartoon— but he’s just released a new book that illustrates Genesisfrom the bible. Crumb makes a rare public appearance, joining longtime friend and art editor for The New Yorker, Françoise Mouly, for a discussion about his life and work. Tickets: $36-$60 ($18 UCLA students).

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LACMA CEO and Michael Govan will be in conversation with renowned contemporary artist Barbara Kruger tonight at the Bing Theater at LACMA. (Kruger was the artist who transformed LACMA’s BCAM elevator from a functional object into a major work of art.) Free, but tickets required.

Author and performer Charles Phoenix pays tribute to a legendary puppeteer Bob Baker in Halloween special shows tonight and tomorrow at 8:30 pm at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Phoenix will use film clips to share the story of Baker's colorful life before performing with dozens of vintage marionettes including the Purple People Eater, Invisible Man and Dancing Black Light Skeletons. “The evening will wind up with an appearance by the puppet master himself, followed by cake and ice cream in the festive party room.”

The 4th Annual Bow Wow Beverly Hills dog benefit--"True Blood Hounds"---is a benefit for the Amanda Foundation, a nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue and shelter in Beverly Hills with the only free spay/neuter mobile clinic in California. Special guests include cast members of HBO’s True Blood: Nelsan Ellis, Rutina Wesley, Kristen Bauer, Michelle Forbes, and Ashley Jones. The Halloween event also kicks off the community-supported three-day pet adoption drive at participating stores throughout Beverly Hills. The event runs from 6:30-10:30pm at Two Rodeo. $200 for the 6:30 VIP reception at Tiffany’s, $75 for general admission from 7:30 on.

The EM & Co boutique on Third Street is holding an opening art reception for Secret: Spreadsheets, an exhibit of paintings by Scott Ward tonight from 7-10 pm. By day, Ward is an cubicle drone, who works on charts, graphs, data and spreadsheets. “When he gets bored or distracted, he uses Microsoft Excel to unleash his creativity--the shading on the spreadsheet cells takes on a whole new meaning. The 'secret' files are then emailed home, and the designs get recreated on canvas, in paint... Cocktails, appetizers and music by DJ Gabriel Diggs. RSVP:

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