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Pencil This In: Skewering 'Star Trek,' Bad Cartoons, 'Shoah' Screening and Pasadena Restaurant Week

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If you didn’t get a chance to go out yesterday because of the rain, we’ve picked out several events tonight that may entice you to venture out. There the epic documentary Shoah screening part 1 at the Hammer; Star Dreck at NerdMelt, bad cartoons are screened at Cartoon Dump, Pasadena’s Restaurant Week continues and It’s a School Night takes over Bardot. Read on for all the details.

FILM
The Hammer Museum begins a two-night screening of Shoah (1985) tonight at 7 pm in the Billy Wilder Theater. Claude Lanzmann’s documentary epic on the Holocaust, features interviews with survivors, bystanders and perpetrators in 14 countries. The interviewees remember the Jewish tragedy and revisits places where the crimes took place. “Shoah grew out of Lanzmann’s concern that the genocide perpetrated only 40 years earlier was already retreating into the mists of time and that the atrocities of the Holocaust were becoming sanitized as history.” The second-part of the film screens tomorrow night at the Hammer as well. Free.

STAR DRECK
Tonight at 8 pm is another installment of Star Dreck at NerdMelt inside Meltdown Comics. Comedians Kumail Nanjiani and Matt Mira are huge Trekkies, who host a show each month dedicated to skewering the really really bad episodes. With the help of guests—tonight it’s The Sklar Brothers—they’ll rip scenes to shreds. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

BAD CARTOONS
Tonight, and each fourth Monday of the month, there’s another episode of Cartoon Dump, an evening of live comedy and really bad cartoons. Written and created by Frank Conniff (Mystery Science Theater 3000) and co-produced by cartoon historian Jerry Beck, the show parodies children’s shows of yesteryear and Beck brings crappy vintage cartoons from his extensive animation library. At Trepany House (Center for Inquiry) at 8 pm. Tickets: $10.

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FOOD
It’s Pasadena Restaurant Week this week through March 30. Some of Pasadena's best chefs create prix fixe meals for dining patrons for the second annual event. Some of the restaurants taking part in Restaurant Week include Cheval Blanc Bistro, Haven Gastropub, Kings Row Gastropub, Quadrupel Brasserie, Sushi Roku and Vertical Wine Bistro. Lunch: $15, $20 or $25; dinner: $26, $35 or $44. (Some prices may vary. Alcoholic beverages, gratuity and tax are not included in the price.)

MUSIC
It’s a School Night takes over Bardot in Hollywood for an evening of live music and DJs. Performing live tonight are: Crystal Fighters, Husky (AU), Duologue, Gold Fields and DJ Maydoubt. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. 9 pm.

*Pencil pick of the day

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