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Pencil This In: Gus Van Sant Double Feature, The Moth Storytelling, Dan O'Shannon Reading and Zachariah's Holiday Hayride

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Dave Pressler's '100 Robots' exhibition is on view at Gallery1988 (Melrose) for one more week. (Image: 'Night Skating,' courtesy of the artist and Gallery1988)
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Here's what's happening tonight in LA, including a free Gus Van Sant double feature, an evening of storytelling from The Moth, comedy theory by Dan O'Shannon and a variety show of comedy, music, freestyle rapping and more. Read on for all the details.

STORY
The Moth storytellers take over Busby’s East tonight for an evening of tales around the theme of “Aftermath.” Hosted by Matteson Perry, storytellers are asked to prep a five-minute story about consequences: Aftershocks, fallout, walks of shame, etc. No notes and no stand-up allowed. Doors at 7 pm, stories begin at 7:30 pm. Pre-sold tickets ($16) guarantee early admittance; otherwise tickets at the door at $8. Busby’s East is a 21+ venue.

FILM*
American Cinematheque celebrates the films of Gus Van Sant, and tonight there’s a free double feature at the Egyptian Theatre, beginning at 7:30 pm with Good Will Hunting (1997)—the film that launched the careers of Matt and Ben. The second film on the program is To Die For (1995) with Nicole Kidman as a cutthroat TV weather woman who uses a troubled teen (Joachin Phoenix) to keep get rid of a pesky husband (Matt Dillon). Free. First come, first served.

BOOKS
Tonight at 7:30 pm, Book Soup presents author Dan O’Shannon who discusses and signs his book What Are You Laughing At?: A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event. O’Shannon takes a look at comedy from a bigger picture, positing a new approach to comedy theory and structure. He pulls examples from his own experiences writing for shows such as Cheers, Frasier and Modern Family.

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HOLIDAY
Zach Selwyn hosts a night of comedy, music, short stories and freestyle rapping in the show Zachariah's Holiday Hayride tonight at 7:30 pm at the Bootleg Theater. The actor/singer-songwriter/comedian and TV host is best known as the host of Discovery Science Channel’s shows Catch it Keep it and Punkin Chunkin and brings along special guests for the ride tonight. Tickets: $10. 21+.

*Pencil pick of the day

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