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Pencil This In: Annie Leibovitz at ALOUD, Screening of 'X: The Unheard Music' and Readings by Criminal Class Press

Discussion on the work of Saul Bass at the Hammer Museum tonight.
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It's a busy Tuesday night in LA with tons of arts-related events, including talks with Annie Leibovitz and Frederic Amat; a film screening with the band X; a discussion on the life and work of design guru Saul Bass; a comedy benefit and a group reading by writers from Criminal Class Press. Read on for all the details.

Kathy Deitch, star of Broadway’s Wicked, brings a her blog Cool Girl is Dead to life at the Coterie at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel tonight at 8 pm. The LA premiere features music that ranges from Stephen Schwartz to Adele as well as a developmental reading of her one woman show. Tickets: $15 tickets at the door. FREE standing room only (SRO) is also available at the bar (Must best 21+) in advance or for $5 at the door. A two-item minimum, per person will apply for admission into the venue.

Tonight at 7 pm, Hammer Lectures presents the program Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design. Saul Bass designed a number of iconic film posters for directors Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Otto Preminger, Martin Scorsese, and Billy Wilder, among others. He also created logos and advertising campaigns for clients such as Quaker Oats, United Airlines, AT&T and Girl Scouts. Guests speakers are Pat Kirkham, co-author with Jennifer Bass of Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design. Free. Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6 pm.

REDCAT welcomes Barcelona artist Frederic Amat—painter, sculptor, filmmaker, scene designer—for a talk on the influences of Amat’s art practice. His concept of painting that has allowed him to create, among many other projects, set designs for dance and theater stagings of texts by Garcia Lorca, Beckett, Koltes and Octavio Paz. He'll be in conversation with CalArts President Steven D. Lavine. The evening also includes a screening of Amat’s newly completed film inspired by Gaudi’s design. Tonight at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $10.

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Book Soup hosts a group reading for the Chicago-based hard-luck literary magazine Criminal Class Review. Event readers include: Jeff Kerr, Fredd Burkhart, Johnny No Bueno, Brian Murphy, Gene Gregorits, Bill Hillmann and David Corbett who’ll read their stories that cover topics of drugs, sex, murder or urban survival. Tonight at 7 pm.

Amoeba Records presentsX: The Unheard Music Event with Exene, John Doe, Billy Zoom, DJ Bonebrake and filmmaker W.T. Morgan. There’s a screening of the Silver Anniversary Special Edition DVD and Blu-Ray release of X: The Unheard Music, a documentary that captures the band’s rise in LA’s underground music scene; a Q&A with the band and W.T. Morgan follows the screening. This event takes place at the Los Angeles Film School (6363 Sunset Blvd.) and NOT at Amoeba. To attend: pre-order your SIGNED copy of the DVD or Blu-Ray at Amoeba Hollywood beginning December 7 and get a pass (admits 2) to attend the screening and Q&A. 7pm.

ALOUD at the Central Library presents the program Pilgrimage: A Photo Lecture by Annie Leibovitz tonight at 7 pm. She’ll discuss sites of personal meaning—from Thoreau’s cabin to Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, from Gettysburg to Yosemite—as an exercise in renewal, and “learning to see again.” RSVPs are full; standby only.

The World Dodgeball Society, Earwolf and apecialthing Records presents the Comedy BangBang Nativity Pageant on tonight at 8 pm at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre. Proceeds benefit the LA Regional Food Bank that supplies more than 770,000 meals each week to hungry Angelenos. Comedians on the bill include Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Nealon, Marc Maron, Tim Heidecker, Bob Odenkirk, Neil Hamburger, Thomas Lennon, Nick Kroll, Anthony Jeselnik, David Wain, Paul F. Tompkins, Jimmy Pardo, Todd Glass, Jen Kirkman, David Koechner, Maria Bamford, Andy Daly, Natasha Leggero, Brian Posehn, Tig Notaro, Garfunkel & Oates, Andy Kindler, Matt Braunger, Kumail Nanjiani, Chelsea Peretti and host by Scott Aukerman. Doors at 7 pm and tickets range from $30-100.

*Pencil pick of the day

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