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Pencil This In: PEN Center Readings, Museum of Tolerance Film Series, Simon Amstell and Alt-Classical Music

The LA-based band The Rebel Light plays a set at Bardot tonight. (Photo: Courtesy of the Artist/Facebook)
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We found a few interesting events happening around town tonight, including a show with British comedian Simon Amstell; alternative-classical sounds by Muse/ique; a new film series at the Museum of Tolerance; KCRW's music for a school night and PEN Center writers at Skylight Books. Read on for the details.

PEN Center USA presents an evening of readings and discussions at Skylight Bookstonight at 7:30 pm. On the program are poet and memoirist Lucille Lang Day (Married at Fourteen), essayist and columnist Erika Schickel (You're Not the Boss of Me), and novelists and short story writers Susan Straight (Between Heaven and Here) and Diana Wagman (The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets).

The Cinema Society of the Museum of Tolerance begins its inaugural season with a screening of The Outrageous Sophie Tucker tonight at 7:30 pm. The docufilm explores Tucker’s 60-year showbiz career, beginning with her vaudevillian career during the 1920’s Flapper Era. There’s a cinema chat / introduction 15 minutes before the screening, with a discussion of the film afterward. Free, but RSVP required.

Muse/ique, a Pasadena-based classical ensemble, continues its Uncorked series with the It’s All About Vibration concert tonight at the Art Center College of Design. Special guests on the bill are Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, crossover cellist Matt Haimovitz and Caltech Physicist Sean Carroll. Curated by Rachael Worby, the program features the music of Bach, Coltrane, Vivaldi, Hendrix and The Beatles. 7 pm wine, gallery tours, followed by the music at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $60.

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British comedian Simon Amstell begins a two-night stint tonight at Largo. Amstell performs his new show Numb, which touches on modern anxieties, from sex to parental issues to veganism, in a socially awkward, witty way. Tickets: $25.

It’s a School Nightwelcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. Live performances tonight by Sky Ferreira, Dwntwn, The Rebel Light and DJ sets by Killer Cam and George Ben Sun. Doors at 8 pm. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP.

*Pencil pick of the day

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