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Pencil This In: Howard Zinn Tribute, Up in the Air Author at Book Soup, Art in Downey and Klezmer at the Skirball

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TRIBUTE
Howard Zinn was going to speak at SMMoA about his new documentary, The People Speak, which uses dramatic and musical performances of diaries, letters and speeches by everyday Americans to give voice to those who fought for social change. But since his death last week, the event has become a tribute to Zinn instead. The 8 pm event is now full, but a stand-by line opens at 7 pm (seating is not guaranteed). Admission $25; $10 SMMoA members. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Educational Fund of The People Speak, a charitable initiative which brings this powerful documentary into schools and communities free-of-charge.

BENEFIT
Help Haiti with George Lopez & Friends is a benefit for Haiti relief that takes place tonight at the Nokia Theater at 7:30 pm. On the bill are comedians Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, Margaret Cho, Russell Peters, Cheech & Chong and Ray Romano with musical guests Cypress Hill, Slash, Beth Hart and Andy Garcia (who will perform with the Lopez Tonight house band, The Ese Vatos).  Celebrities Kobe Bryant, Samuel L. Jackson, Larry David, Don Cheadle, Amber Valetta, Eva Longoria Parker, Magic Johnson, Charlie Wilson and Jennifer Love Hewitt will all serve as special guest hosts for the evening. Tickets $50, $75. Proceeds will go to CARE.

BOOK*
Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air (on which Jason Reitman’s film of the same title is based) is in town for an event at Book Soup tonight at 7 pm. Besides Up in the Air, Kirn is also known for his second novel, Thumbsucker, which was made into another movie in 2004. Tonight, he'll discuss his latest book, a memoir published last May: Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever.