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Pencil This In: 'Go Ask Alice' Screens, Skater Christian Hosoi in Conversation, Justin Halpern Reads from 'I Suck at Girls''

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An array of eclectic events are happening tonight around town. A cheesy, 1970s anti-drug TV movie plays on the big screen; the author of Sh*t my Dad Says reads from his latest book; skater Christian Hosoi is in conversation as is performer and author Joy Harjo. Read on for those details and a few other suggestions.

TV*
Cinefamily screens a rare 16mm print of Go Ask Alice (1973) tonight at 9:45 pm for its TV Tuesdays series. Teenage years are always a bummer, but yours was nothing compared to the pubescent heroine of this anti-drug TV movie. The film is based on the 1970s “diary” of an anonymous teenage girl hooked on pills and other things. “...this perfectly rendered slice of pop propaganda zips by at a breakneck pace, with 15-year-old Alice morphing from shy wallflower to burnt-out wasteoid all before the second commercial break.” Oh, and Bill Shatner stars as Alice’s dad. They’re also screening vintage anti-drug PSAs, stoned short subjects and other surprises. Tickets: $12/free for members.

SIGNING
La Luz de Jesus holds a book release and signing party tonight at 7 pm for two authors. Shawn Barber’s printed volume Memoir: The Tattooed Portraits Series contains photographs, paintings and essays that document a six-year living journal. It includes the paintings of Don Ed Hardy, Bob Roberts, Grime, Paul Booth, Marcus Pacheco, Kim Saigh, Jack Rudy, Thomas Woodruff, Aaron Cain, Mike Giant, Adrian Lee, Margaret Cho and others. Soft Candy: The Girls of Danni Shinya Luo is divided into five chapters, each acknowledging a “different aspect of sensuality as expressed through food frailty, fetish, fauna and fantasy.”

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BOOKS
Justin Halpern, the guy behind the bestselling book Sh*t My Dad Says, heads to Skylight Books tonight at 7:30 pm to discuss and sign his new memoir, I Suck at Girls. Halpern examines his relationships with the opposite sex, “from his first kiss to getting engaged and all the awkward moments in between.”

TALK
ALOUD @ the Central Library presents Joy Harjo who performs then discusses her book, Crazy Brave: A Memoir, tonight at 7 pm. After her performance, she’ll talk about her life’s journey, from growing up in Oklahoma to escaping her abusive stepfather through her imagination. She’ll be in conversation with Keren Taylor, writer and director of Write Girl. Free, but reservations are recommended.

MORE TALK
Christian Hosoi was a professional skateboarder by age 13 who idolized the Z-boys and rivaled Tony Hawk. He lived life in the fast lane that led to drug addiction, arrest, time in prison and, ultimately, Christianity and the skateboarding world. Hosoi is a guest tonight at the Crawford Family Forum along with punk-rocker and entertainment lawyer Joe Escalante and Chris Ahrens, co-author of Hosoi’s memoir. 7 pm. The free event is currently at capacity, but email Forum Coordinator Jenny Smith at jsmith@kpcc.org to be added to the waitlist. The event will be live streamed if you don’t want to head to Pasadena tonight.

MUSIC
The free Wine, Jazz & Moonlight Summer Concert Series continues at Hollywood & Highland tonight from 7-9 pm with Brian Auger's Oblivion Express. Located in the Central Courtyard (2nd Level), guests will also have the opportunity to purchase wine, cheeses, fruits and breads prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering for $10. All proceeds from the wine bar will benefit Project Angel Food.

COMEDY
Comic Book Club LIVE—the New York talk show that blends comic books and comedy—comes to NerdMelt tonight at 7:30 pm. The evening features special guest Geoff Johns (Justice League, Aquaman, Green Lantern) and others. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

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