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Pencil This In: What to Do in L.A. on a School Night

FOX previews the new animated series 'Allen Gregory' tonight at the Paley Center, along with other shows. (Image: FOX)
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Another Monday in the city, but never fear, we're saving you from having to stay in tonight with these events. It's a School Night rocks Bardot in Hollywood; Moby does a book signing at Book Soup; FOX screens upcoming fall shows at the Paley Center, a free art circle happens at the Ford Amphitheatre; author Julie Otsuka signs her latest book at Vroman's; and The Blank Theatre company holds a star-studded benefit for one of its new play programs. Read on for all the details.

Moby signs Moby: Destroyed tonight at 7 pm at Book Soup. The collection of 60 photos is a companion piece of the album of the same name released earlier this year. “The photographs in this volume record the sizeable portion of his life that is spent shuttling from plane to bus to venue to stage to party to hotel room to oblivion.” It documents the extremes of a performer’s life on the road. Moby will sign a limit of two Destroyed items.


It’s a School Night tonight and that means an evening of live music and DJs at Bardot in Hollywood. On the bill: Dan Wilson of Semisonic at 9:30 pm; Gaby Moreno at 10:30 pm; Kristeen Young at 11:30 pm; and a special DJ set by Ian Broucek at midnight. Free with RSVP.

It's time for the Paley Center's annual Fall TV parties, featuring panel discussions and preview screenings from the networks. On the schedule tonight are FOX shows with a 6 pm panel discussion that is scheduled to include Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Will Forte (Allen Gregory) and executive producers of Terra Nova. The evening will be moderated by TV Guide Magazine's Debra Birnbaum. Shows being screened are New Girl, Allen Gregory, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, The X Factor and Terra Nova. Reservations for free tickets are sold out online, but standby tickets may be available. If you have a ticket, get there early or else you may be relegated to watching from the rooftop or lobby bar lounges, which aren’t too bad either. 

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Tonight at 7 pm, author Julie Otsuka discusses and signs her latest book, The Buddha in the Attic. The novel follows the lives of “picture brides” who were sent from Japan to San Francisco more than a century ago. as 'picture brides' nearly a century ago. She follows their difficult journey by boat, their lives in San Francisco as new wives and mothers, and how WWII brings even more upheaval to their lives. 

Tonight’s J.A.M. Session at the Ford Amphitheatre is an art circle with String Theory, an ensemble of musicians and dancers who use invented instruments an sonic sculpture. Make art that will inspire String Theory to create original music and movement pieces on the spot. The session is free, as usual. Reservations can be made online or call the Ford Box Office at 323.461.3673 to avoid handling fees. 7 pm.

The Blank Theatre is holding a benefit tonight for its Living Room Series, the company’s New Play Development Program. An all-star cast will participate in the reading of Colette Keen’s Windows On The World tonight at 8 pm. The play consists of verbatim accounts of previously unheard perspectives of individuals who were in New York on 9/11. Participating tonight are Noah Wyle, Virginia Madsen, Mark Valley, Nicholas Brendon, Justina Machado, Perry Ojeda and Gale Harold. VIP Reserved $75 (includes post show reception with the cast. General Admission $50.

*Pencil pick of the day

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