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Pencil This In: Talking Architecture, Free Poetry at the Beach, and a South Korean Double Feature

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Michael Maltzan worked on Walt Disney Hall with Frank Gehry. Hear him speak tonight at a Zocalo event (Photo by Melissa Acedera via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

Michael Maltzan worked on Walt Disney Hall with Frank Gehry. Hear him speak tonight at a Zocalo event (Photo by Melissa Acedera via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
It's a quiet post-long weekend Tuesday night in Los Angeles, but if you're looking to head out and feed your mind, there are still a few things worth checking out...

Talk: Is Good Architecture a Luxury? With Michael Maltzan
Zócalo Public Square presents Michael Maltzan in conversation with KCRW's Frances Anderton tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Maltzan, known for his work with Frank Gehry on the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater and courtyard, is also distinguished for his socially conscious buildings. His housing projects for the homeless--from the Rainbow complex on San Pedro Street to the forthcoming Star Apartments at Sixth and Maple--as well as his Inner City Arts building, provide protection, beauty and services cost-effectively. [Reservation required]

Poetry: Beach = Culture @Annenberg Beach House
As part of a series of free concerts, lectures, readings and exhibits this summer at the Annenberg Community Beach House is tonight's poetry event. Beach=Culture and the Red Hen Poetry Series present a celebration of contemporary poetry in a seaside setting; the first of three readings this summer. Red Hen Poets Charles Harper Webb, winner of the 2005 Benjamin Saltman Award; Ron Koertge, poet and novelist featured in Best American Poetry; and Nickole Brown, Oxford University English Literature scholar and poet, read from their acclaimed works. [Reserve a seat]

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Double Feature: Two by Joon-ho Bong @New Beverly
Escape into the worlds created by South Korean filmmaker Joon-ho Bong with a double feature at The New Beverly. First is Mother (2009), of which Roger Ebert says: "The film is labyrinthine and deceptive, and not in a way we anticipate. It becomes a pleasure for the mind. Long after a conventional thriller would have its destination in plain sight, 'Mother' is still penetrating our assumptions." It's followed by Memories of Murder (2003), of which Michael Atkinson of the Village Voice says: "It's an altogether remarkable piece of work, deepening the genre while whipping its skin off, satirizing an entire nation's nearsighted apathy as it wonders, almost aloud, about the nature of truth, evidence, and social belonging." [Tickets]