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Pencil This In: Huell's Sunset Memorial, 'The Iran Job' and NFMLA Screenings and the LAVA Visionary Award

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Here's what's happening in LA on a cold Tuesday night: A Sunset salute to Huell Howser; film screenings with NFMLA or at the Hammer; a little comedy; a LAVA visionary award ceremony; and Amy Wilentz on Haiti at ALOUD. Read on for all the details.

LA Councilmember Tom LaBonge has organized a sunset memorial at the Griffith Observatory for longtime TV host Huell Howser who died last week. All members of the public are invited to gather at 3:30 pm at the steps of the Observatory, with 4 pm remarks and a 5:07 pm sunset salute. A shuttle from the Greek Theatre parking lot will be available.

The Hammer Museum presents a free screening of The Iran Job tonight at 7:30 pm. The film follows American basketball player Kevin Sheppard as he accepts a job to play in Iran. In the midst of political tension, Sheppard tries to keep sports separate from political ideologies, but his basketball season coincides with the “uprising and subsequent suppression of Iran’s reformist Green Movement, a powerful prelude to the currently unfolding Arab Spring.”

The stand-up show Put Your Hands Together, hosted by Cameron Esposito, takes over UCBTLA tonight and every Tuesday at 8 pm. Some of the live show will be included in a new podcast. Tonight’s show features performances by Bobcat Goldthwait, Jonah Ray, Brent Weinbach, Katie Crown and Kumail Nanjiani. (Lineup subject to change.) $5. Only standby tickets available.

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The Los Angeles Visionaries Association (LAVA)—a collection of LA’s “most offbeat and original creative artists” announces Dwain Carlo Crum as the recipient of the 2013 Visionary of the Year award. Crum, executive director of the Savannah Memorial Cemetery in Rosemead, is an ardent traveler and a banned Yelper. Join LAVA as they honor Crum at 6:30 pm for no host cocktails, and an 8 pm award ceremony. In the bar of the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Free, but RSVP required.

The January NewFilmmakers Los Angelesscreenings and Q&As takes place tonight beginning at 6 pm with a documentary shorts program at the Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood. It’s followed by another program of shorts beginning 7:20 pm and an 8:45 pm feature screening of The Silent Thief, directed by Jennifer Clary. There are filmmaker receptions before and after each program. Tickets: $5/$7 at the door.

Tonight at 7:15 pm, ALOUD at the Central Library welcomes author Amy Wilentz in the program Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti. Wilentz, a journalist, will be in conversation with Jon Wiener, author and professor of history, U.C. Irvine. They’ll discuss Haiti’s recovery from the powerful 2010 earthquake, and its history—including the country's slave plantations, revolutionary history, totalitarian regimes and culture.

Want more events? Follow me on Twitter (@christineziemba). Or follow Lauren Lloyd—who takes care of Pencil on Wednesdays (@LadyyyLloyd).

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