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Pencil This In: Storytelling at the Skirball, Ski Dazzle Opens, Belgian Beers and Poutine Pairings

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We found plenty of things to do tonight in L.A., from a poutine and beer pairing, comic storytelling with LA's top performers and writers; an art talk on the blues and contemporary art and a skiing and snowboarding expo for those who can't wait to hit the trails this winter. Read on for all the details.

Cafe-Club Fais Do-Do plays host tonight for The Super Serious Show, which we know is a misnomer. This evening's edition of the monthly live comedy and music show features performers Kurt Braunohler, with Moshe Kasher, Andy Kindler, The Birthday Boys, Drennon Davis and Sean O'Connor, with Puddin' Shorts by Matt Oswalt! Free Eagle Rock Brewery beer and wine with entrance. Doors at 7, show at 8. Tickets: $13 adv/$20 at the door. Ages 21+.

Nov. 15 is King's Day in Belgium and what better way to celebrate than tasting from the Vanberg and Dewulf Portfolio (the oldest company to distribute Belgian beers in the U.S.) for a good cause. The Library Ale House in Santa Monica is donating 15% of today's sales to hurricane/superstorm Sandy relief —pairing five Belgian beers with five kinds of poutine The Library Ale House in Santa Monica is donating 15% of today's sales to hurricane/superstorm Sandy relief by pairing five Belgian beers with five kinds of poutine, including the Vintage Scaldis Noel paired with French Poutine and a Scaldis Peche Mel paired with Moroccan Poutine.
Ski Dazzle, the country's largest consumer ski and snowboard show and sale, begins today for a four-day stint at the LA Convention Center. Perfect for the SoCal snowboarders and skiers out there, the event features, live entertainment, seminars, exhibitors, film previews and winter athletes as well as season lift ticket specials. Other events for those who like the apres ski even better, there's also cooking demos and beer & wine tastings.  Admission: $20 for adults, which includes a buy one get one free Snow Summit/Bear Mountain lift ticket coupon; $5 for children 6-12 and children 6 and under are free. Open tonight until 11 pm. 

As part of the Skirball's “Democracy Matters,” project, the cultural center presents Say the Word: The New America, an evening of comic storytelling tonight at 8 pm curated by funny woman Beth Lapides. The line-up of writers/performers includes Taylor Negron (The Last Boy Scout), Dana Gould (The Simpsons),Kevin Rooney (‘Til Death), Cindy Chupack (Modern Family) and Moshe Kasher (Shameless). The stories focus on contemporary American life: good, bad and ugly. Ticketholders are free to view the exhibition, with galleries staying open until 8 pm. Admissions: $15; $10 Skirball members and $8 full-time students ages 21 and up (ID required.)

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MOCA presents the lecture Why Contemporary Art Gives Me the Blues with MOCA curator Bennett Simpson, who'll discuss his exhibition Blues for Smoke tonight at 7 pm. He'll examine the intersection of the blues and modern art, and how the music genre became a major catalyst for experiments in contemporary art. Free, with museum admission. At the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

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