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Pencil This In: Susan Straight Book Release Party, Lucha Libre Party at MOLAA, Jordan Okun's Hollywood Novel

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TGIF! We found a few great events happening around town tonight. Check out a book release party at 826LA, a Lucha libre party at MOLAA, a Rod Serling series at UCLA and a live Saturday morning cartoon show. Read on for all the details.

LIT
McSweeney's Publishing holds a release party for Susan Straight’s new novel Between Heaven and Here tonight at 7:30 pm at 826LA in Echo Park. Set in Rio Seco, Calif., the town’s residents prepare for a funeral. “It becomes clear that Glorette’s life and death are deeply entangled with the dark history of the city and the untouchable beauty that, finally, killed her.” The novelist will be in conversation with Steve Erickson, and she’ll also be present photos and art that inspired the book. Free.

LUCHA LIBRE*
The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach has a fun Lucha libre-themed night in store for guests. It begins at 7 pm with a screening of the documentary short Viva Lucha Libre, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers; exhibition tours; a DJ set by the Mexican Institute of Sound and then live lucha libre outdoors in the museum sculpture garden. Complimentary Tequila tasting and food and other beverages can be purchased on site as well. $15/$10 museum members.

BOOKS
Tonight at 7 pm, Book Soup welcomes Jordan Okun who'll discuss and sign his new novel, L.A. Fadeaway. Hitting upon the Entourage/Less than Zero vein, the novel's unnamed narrator is a rich, entitled son of a studio exec, working his way up the ranks from the talent agency mailroom. Okun's familiar with the territory, having worked in the biz (in the ICM mailroom and as a production company exec) before giving it up to write.

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FILM
UCLA’s Film and Television Archive continues the Rod Serling: Other Dimensions series with a double feature tonight at 7:30 pm. Though he’s forever associated with creating The Twilight Zone, Serling also amassed an impressive list of credits, including screenwriter for The Yellow Canary (1963), a mystery starring Barbara Eden and Pat Boone as a n’er do well singing idol who must man up when his son is kidnapped. The screening’s followed by Assault on a Queen (1966), a caper movie with Frank Sinatra. Pat Boone will appear in person at tonight’s screening. $10.

VARIETY
Captured Aural Phantasy Theater opens its Saturday Morning Cartoons Live Show tonight at the Bootleg Theater. The troupe will bring you a variety show, restaging some of our favorite Saturday morning fare, including School House Rock segments. Joining them on stage tonight only is author, humorist and pop-culture maven Charles Phoenix. 7:30 pm. Tix are $10 or $15 for VIP seating (and an extra bowl of cereal).

*Pencil pick of the day

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