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Pencil This In: Party Balls, Spectral Psychography, a Lit Death Match and the Last Twilight Concert of the Season

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For today's Pencil This In, we found a random assortment of events, from spectral artwork to making Party Balls at the Craft and Folk Art Museum to partying at the Santa Monica Pier for the last Twilight Concert of the summer. Read on for all the details.

There can only be one. Literary Death Match winner, that is. Tonight at Busby's East, four literary types battle it out, reading from their work, getting judged in front of an audience by a panel of judges. Tonight's players—reading from their own works of seven minutes or fewer—include author/musician Vanessa Veselka (author of Zazen); writer/critic and Black Clock editor-at-large Anthony Miller; fiction writer Morgan Macgregor and Carlos Kotkin (Please God Let it Be Herpes: A Heartfelt Quest For Love and Companionship). Judges are Eric Andre, documentarian Lucy Walker, comedian/impersonator James Adomian (who will judge in character as Christopher Hitchens). Doors at 8:15 pm, show at 9:25 pm. $7 preorder; $10 at the door. 21+ event.

Mark Montano leads an Etsy Craft Night on making Party Balls tonight at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM). 7-9 pm in the CAFAM Courtyard. $7 (includes materials, drinks and snacks). Bring in old magazine to create festive party balls and decorations—plus, it’s a fun way to recycle old magazines. RSVPs recommended.

Tonight marks the last performance of the season for the 2012 Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica pier with music by Best Coast and NO. The free concert begins at 7 pm. If you can’t make it cross-town, watch the livestream.

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Echo Park’s Machine Project dabbles in the unknown tonight with the event Stop Making Sense. Two artists, Christian Cummings and Michael Decker, perform Spectral Psychography, in which they’re blindfolded and channel spirits to help them make art through the use of a Ouija board. Also, multimedia artist and storyteller Michelle Levy talks about The Cornucopia Stromberg—a floating head apparition that’s been visiting her for years—that she believes can bring joy to the world. Free. 8 pm.

Family bookstore on Fairfax holds a zine launch and poster show for filmmaker Lance Bangs’ Stray Frames. Joining him in the release of his new photo-zine is Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound), who helps him present a slideshow of his photos. 7:30 pm. Free.

The Paley Center’s fall TV preview screening parties continue tonight at 7 pm with the CBS lineup. There’s a preview screening of Partners, followed by a panel discussion of the show with Executive Producers and co-creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, as well as cast members Michael Urie, David Krumholtz, Sophia Bush and Brandon Routh. Preview screenings of Elementary, Vegas and Made In Jersey follow the panel discussion. Free, but reservations required.

And don't forget that tonight's Fashion’s Night Out all around town.

*Pencil pick of the day

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