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Pencil This In: LA's Little Italy, David Mamet/Ricky Jay Reading, Watts House Project

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Downtown's Art Walk is tonight. | Photo by Christine N. Ziemba for LAist.

Downtown's Art Walk is tonight. | Photo by Christine N. Ziemba for LAist.
Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles is holding a presentation tonight at 6:30 pm on Los Angeles's Little Italy by Marianna Gatto. Did you know that LA is the country’s fifth largest Italian population? Did you even know that we had a Little Italy (used to be in Chinatown, btw)? Well hear Marianna Gatto, curator of History and Education for the City of Los Angeles, talk the city's vibrant Italian enclave during the 100-year period following the arrival of the first Italian pioneer in 1827. Book signing and reception to follow. RSVP:

The Paley Center hosts An Evening with Burn Notice tonight at 7 pm with Jeffrey Donovan (Michael Westen) and Matt Nix (creator/executive producer) and others. The USA Network’s Burn Notice follows ex-covert agent Michael Westen as he tries to clear his name. Tickets: $15, $10 for Paley Center members.

Tonight the Aero Theatre is hosting a great double feature of Alfred Hitchcock’s Saboteur at 7:30 pm followed by the gothic romance, Rebecca. But here’s a bonus: There’s a raffle between films to win free tickets to the Ahmanson Theatre's stage production of The 39 Steps.

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Michael Govan, LACMA CEO, will be in conversation tonight with artists Edgar Arceneaux and Mario Ybarra, Jr. They’re going to discuss the Watts House Project -- an artist-driven urban revitalization project led by Arceneaux that focuses on the area surrounding Watts Towers. “Collaborating with Arcenaux and the Project, LACMA has commissioned artist Mario Ybarra, Jr. to participate in an artistic intervention at one of the homes across from the Towers. In addition to discussing the project, Michael Govan and the artists will talk about the relevance of community-based projects for an institution like LACMA and the importance of Watts Towers as an historic landmark.” The discussion begins at 7 pm at Bing Theater. Free, no reservations

The improv comedy/bizarro troupe Weird On Top takes to the stage tonight at the
Eclectic Company Theatre in North Hollywood. 8 pm. Tickets: $10.

David Mamet and the actor Ricky Jay are at the Coronet Theater tonight for a reading and book signing of Mamet’s book, Theatre, as well as his comic book from Sourcebooks. 8 pm. Tickets: $25-$40 (includes book).

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