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Pencil This In: 'Spirited Away' Screening, Video Art at REDCAT, Daniel Pyne Reading and Embarrassing Songs at NerdMelt

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Here's a rundown of happenings around LA tonight: There's a screening of Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away; LA-based writer Daniel Pyne reads from his latest book at Skylight Books; NerdMelt relives shameful music crushes; and REDCAT presents an evening of video art as part of Pacific Standard Time. Read on for all the details:

The Egyptian Theatre screens a new 35mm print of Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning film Spirited Away (2001), in which 10-year-old Chichiro finds herself in spirit world where she is put to work in a bathhouse for the gods. She encounters a number of characters and must find a way to outsmart her captors in order to find her way back to her family. The film is in Japanese with English subtitles. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $11.

Tonight at 7:30 pm at Skylight Books, novelist Daniel Pyne (Twentynine Palms) reads from and discusses his new novel, AHole in the Ground Owned by a Liar. Pyne has also written for TV and film, including The Manchurian Candidate, Fracture, Any Given Sunday, and Miami Vice. His latest work focuses on a high school shop teacher who buys a gold mine to become a weekend warrior/miner, dealing with his midlife crisis and his ex-jailbird of a brother.

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NerdMelt hosts the show For Shame tonight at 8 pm. During the show, comedians reveal their deepest, darkest, embarrassing secrets about their music choices and artists they were crushing on when they were kids. Then, the comedians and the audience watch a music video from the artist as the other comedians comment as it plays. Comedians tonight include: Greg Proops, Pete Holmes, Kumail Nanjiani, Matt Kirshen and Jonah Ray. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

REDCAT presents the program Music + Image tonight at 8:30 pm as part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative. The short works included in the program highlight videos that are accompanied by music by artists including Bob Snyder; Cynthia Maughan; Dara Birnbaum; Philip Mallory Jones; Tom DeWitt, Vibeke Sorensen and Dean Winkler; Cecelia Condit; Toni Basil and David Byrne; Max Almy; Kit Fitzgerald and John Sanborn; Laurie Anderson; Claus Blume; MICA-TV (Carole Ann Klonarides and Michael Owen); Zbigniew Rybczyński; and Henry Selick. Guests in person tonight are curator Nancy Buchanan with artists Max Almy, Toni Basil, Carole Ann Klonarides and Michael Owen. Tickets: $5-$10.

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