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Pencil This In: 'The Help' Discussion with Viola Davis, 'Why We Broke Up' Book Tour and All About Walken Returns

'Why We Broke Up' authors are at Vroman's tonight.
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Tonight at 7:30 pm, the Aero Theatre screens The Help with special guest Viola Davis as part of a special series that celebrates Oscar season. The film focuses on the relations between black domestics and the white children they raised, set in the midst of the Civil Rights movement. It’s been nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Viola Davis) and two for Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain). There’s a post-screening discussion with Davis. Tickets: $11.BOOKS*
Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman present and sign Why We Broke Up tonight at 7 pm at Vroman’s. The young adult illustrated book written by Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) and Kalman (author and illustrator of And the Pursuit of Happiness and The Principles of Uncertainty) examines a couple’s story through a letter written by the heartbroken Min Green. It's a chronicle of how they got together and how they broke up, as told through numerous items and mementos. If you can’t make it to Pasadena tonight, the two will be signing at Barnes & Noble in Santa Monica tomorrow.

All About Walken—a comedy troupe of men and women that recreates the moments Christopher Walken’s career through sketch/improv/multimedia/interactive experience—is back for one night only tonight at 8 pm at The Dragonfly. Tickets: $15.

Nada Surf plays a free set tonight at 6 pm at Amoeba records to celebrate their new album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy. Purchase your copy of the new album at Amoeba to get your copy signed after the in-store performance and receive a free limited-edition EP The Dulcitone Files (acoustic takes on tracks from the new album).