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Pencil This In: Art & Beer Invitational, Readings and Roger Corman

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel screens at LACMA tonight. (Photo: American International Images, 1970)
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We know that the Downtown Art Walk happens the second Thursday of every month, but tonight, we found a few other events that piqued our interest and might give you a few more event alternatives. Check out the Art & Beer Invitational, Hector Tobar's Slake reading; Corman's World screening; Chris Matthews and Richard Dryfuss in conversation; and a Kitchen Counter Cooking School reading. Read on for all the details.

The online art journal East of Borneo presents the awesome sounding On Tap: The First Art & Beer Invitational tonight from 6-10 pm. Held at Bowmont Art Partners at the Pacific Design Center, the show highlights the local art and craft beer scene from Dale Bros. Brewery. The show’s curated by Lauri Firstenberg (LAXART), Thomas Lawson (CalArts), Franklin Sirmans (LACMA), Ali Subotnick (Hammer Museum) and Dean Valentine (Bowmont Art Partners) with a silent auction that includes more than 40 original artworks donated by young and emerging artists including Audrey Chan, Liz Glynn, Chadwick Rantanen, Sarah Rossiter and many more. Event proceeds go to East of Borneo, a nonprofit collaborative online magazine of LA’s art scene. Tickets: $20 / $10 students with ID.

Hector Tobar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times columnist, reads and discusses his new novel The Barbarian Nurseries, at the new Slake after Dark reading-and-music series at Atwater Crossing. The book chronicles the “decline of an Orange County family made rich by the tech boom and the odyssey their maid faces during the bust when she suddenly takes on nanny duties.” The folk-noir trio RT ’N’ the 44s plays a live set after the reading. Tonight at 7 pm.

There’s a special Film Independent screening of Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel tonight at LACMA’s Bing Theater. The film is a star-studded tribute to cult director Corman, “Hollywood’s most prolific writer-director producer, and seminal influencing force in modern moviemaking over the last 60 years.” Corman’s World features interviews with Hollywood stars including Paul W.S. Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert De Niro, Peter Fonda, Pam Grier, Ron Howard, Jack Nicholson, Eli Roth, Martin Scorsese, William Shatner and many more. Expected guests tonight include: Roger and Julie Corman, director Alex Stapleton, Allan Arkush, John Landis and more. Tonight at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $5-10.

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Culver City gastropub City Tavern continues its successful series of pint nights featuring favorite SoCal breweries. This week Ballast Point will be bringing their kegs up from San Diego. Buy any Ballast Point pint or flight and you'll get a pint glass to keep. At recent City Tavern pint nights for Strand Brewing (Torrance) and Cismontane (Rancho Santa Margarita), hard-to-find kegs and extra swag were brought up by the brewers themselves.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, Writers Bloc presents Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball, in conversation with actor/activist Richard Dreyfuss. Scheduled for discussion are current political and presidential issues and the issues of the President John F. Kennedy’s administration. Matthews has published a biography of JFK, called Jack Kennedy, Elusive Hero. At Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills. Tickets: $20.

Diesel Books in Brentwood hosts author Kathleen Flinn who’ll read and discuss her new book The Kitchen Counter Cooking School tonight at 7 pm. The work documents the journey of nine kitchen novices. “Flinn invades their cabinets, samples their cooking, and arms them with basic cooking skills.”

*Pencil pick of the day

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