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Pencil This In: Fashion, Art Take Over LA Tonight

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José Parlá works on view at OHWOW gallery through Oct. 22 (Image: Character Gestures, 2011)
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Here's what we dug up for Thursday night in LA: Paley Center hosts a preview for NBC Fall shows; REDCAT kicks off its New Original Works Festival; Khaled Hosseini signs and discusses The Kite Runner Graphic Novel in Pasadena while author Peter Manso is at Book Soup; an international theater festival takes over the LATC and if it's the second Thursday of the month, it must be time for Downtown Art Walk.

TV
It's time for the Paley Center's annual Fall TV parties, featuring panel discussions and preview screenings from the networks. NBC is up tonight with a 7 pm discussion with the cast and creative team of returning series Whitney, moderated by TV Guide Magazine's Rob Moynihan. The new shows previews include: Whitney, The Playboy Club, Up All Night, Prime Suspect, Free Agents and Grimm. Reservations for free tickets are sold out, but standby tickets may be available.

PERFORMANCE*
REDCAT’s New Original Works (NOW) Festival begins its three-week run tonight at 8:30 pm with eight new works by LA-based dance, theater, music and multimedia performance artists. This week's artists are: Marissa Chibas, who does a one-woman piece accompanied by silent video and live music components; Cindy Derby's House of String that combines puppetry, string and stop-motion animation; and a performance by Lucky Dragons. Tickets: $18 general, $14 students, $36 festival pass.

BOOKS
Two book events we want you to know about tonight. Tonight at 7 pm, Khaled Hosseini discusses and signs The Kite Runner Graphic Novel at All Saints Church in Pasadena. Brought to us by Vroman's, Hosseini talks about how he brings his story to a new generation of readers. Tickets: $22 plus tax and will include a copy of The Kite Runner Graphic Novel. Also at 7 pm at Book Soup, author Peter Manso discusses his new true crime book, Reasonable Doubt: The Fashion Writer, Cape Cod, and the Trial of Chris McCowen. He takes a look at the 2002 murder of fashion writer Christa Worthington and the trial of an accused man that went horribly wrong...

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THEATER
The 3rd Annual California International Theatre Festival takes over the Los Angeles Theatre Center tonight with three productions to choose from. At 8 pm, Komitas from Armenia and The Cure for Everything from Canada take to separate theaters, and it's Café Burlesqu-­‐O! at 9:30 pm. Tickets: $17-$30.

FASHION
Celebrate fashion and shopping tonight all over the city with Fashion Night Out Los Angeles. Stores and boutiques are staging one-night only events to help spur economic recovery while having a little fun at the same time. There are too many events to list, so check out Fashion Night Out Los Angeles' website for all the details.

ART WALK
Tonight’s the monthly, self-guided Downtown Art Walk in the galleries surrounding Spring and Main (between 2nd and 9th streets). From 6-10 pm.

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