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Pencil This In: John Hodgman at Amoeba, Celebs "Helping" Haiti and the Mynabirds at Bootleg Bar

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It's a good night for thinkers and learners in L.A. Tonight's events include panel talks at the Fowler and Hammer Museums, a book signing at Amoeba, an unsettling film at Cinefamily, and a crafting class at the Last Bookstore. No worries for partygoers, however: you can still take in a raucous concert at Bootleg Bar. Read on for all the details.

Zocalo Public Square presents "Does Hollywood Really Help Haiti?", a discussion at UCLA's Fowler Museum that questions whether the attention stars lavished on the country after the 2010 earthquake did more harm than good. A panel of philanthropists and academics will explore the issue starting at 7:30 p.m. A reception with beer and wine will follow. The event is free, but reservations are recommended.

The Fold presents the Mynabirds tonight at Bootleg Bar in Silver Lake. Up-and-comers HOTT MT and Goldenboy, celebrating an upcoming album release, will open. This is a 21+ event. Tickets start at $10. Doors at 7:30.

John Hodgman has finally released the third book in his encyclopedic "Complete World Knowledge" trilogy. Tonight, the writer, humorist and "Daily Show" correspondent will be signing copies of this latest installment, "That Is All," at Amoeba Music in Hollywood at 7 p.m.

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"The Comedy," Rick Alverson's bleak exploration of hipster irony starring Tim Heidecker, continues its weeklong run at the Cinefamily. Showings are at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. at the Silent Movie Theatre. Tickets $12.

The Last Bookstore will host a festive Skillshare class for making hand-sewn fabric scrap ornaments. Supplies are provided. Entry is $23, and students should pre-register at The class starts at 7:30 p.m.

The Hammer Museum hosts Artists' Rights and Internet Freedom, a free panel discussion with music producer T-Bone Burnett and esteemed USC communications professor Henry Jenkins, at 7:30 p.m. The two will explore the debate over intellectual property rights' place in the information age. Ian Masters moderates.

*Pencil pick of the day

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