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Pencil This In: Groundhog Day, Sake & Sushi, Charles Gaines Art Talk and Gypsy Rose Lee's Life in Fiction

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Movie poster from Groundhog Day

Movie poster from Groundhog Day
If ever there was a Wednesday to go see a film you've already seen (and seen and seen) at The Egyptian Theater, it's tonight and that film is Groundhog Day considering that it is, ahem, actually Groundhog Day. Roll your eyes if you want, but consider this: at least spring is on its way soon and The Egyptian is always a classy spot to hang out for the evening. The movie starts at 7:30 p.m.SAKE & SUSHI TASTING
Ever wondered what sake goes with what sushi? You can now take your amateur sake-pairing skills to a new level with Monopole Wine's sake and sushi tasting this evening. Chef Toshi Ito from Z Sushi and Sake expert Satoru Ito will be on hand to step you through sake levels, sake tastings and sake + sushi pairings. Yum. Tickets are $30 and the pairing fun begins at 7:00 p.m.

Charles Gaines, a Los Angeles-based artist described as "one of the first, if not the first, African American, to work in the field of conceptual art," will be giving a talk this evening at the Hammer Museum and will explore an upcoming exhibit that features his graphite drawings of musical scores. Tickets are required, but free. The artsy discussion starts at 7:00 p.m.

Karen Abbott will discuss and sign her book American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee at Book Soup this evening. Abbott is best known for her Sin the Second City novel that earned her a reputation as a writer adept at showing us how our tawdry history is so eerily similar to our current-day state of affairs. The reading begins at 7:00 p.m. and if Gypsy Rose Lee's life is a benchmark, it should be an interesting night at the bookstore!