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Pencil This In: 'Don't Tell My Mother' Storytelling, Nick Flynn at ALOUD, a Catherine Opie Lecture and an 'LA Canvas' Party

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Here are a few of the notable events happening in LA tonight: an art talk with Catherine Opie; a discussion on the works of Gregory Crewdson; an LA Canvas launch party; author Nick Flynn; and an evening of stories you wouldn't tell your mom. Read on for all the details.

Film Independent @ LACMA presents Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters tonight at 7:30 pm. The program explores the imagery of contemporary American photographer Gregory Crewdson. Inspired by the photography of Dianne Arbus and also by the films of Hitchcock and Lynch, Crewdson’s works suggest “cinematic narratives teeming with despair, mystery and longing compressed into a single picture.” In person discussion with Crewdson, writer Jonathan Lethem and director Ben Shapiro. Tickets: $10, $5 for Film Independent members. At LACMA's Bing Theater.

Tonight at 8 pm, Cafe Fais Do Do welcomes the crew from the comedy show Don’t Tell My Mother. Writers and performers share true stories they'd never want their moms to know. On the program tonight: Diane Neal, Baron Vaughn, Annabelle Gurwitch, Hasan Minhaj, Claire Titelman and hostess Nikki Levy. There may be a special guest or two, too. Live music by Abby Posner. Doors at 7 pm. 21+ only. Tickets: $15.

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Tonight at 7:15 pm, ALOUD at the Central Library welcomes author Nick Flynn, who discusses his memoir of a memoir, The Reenactments, with Elvis Mitchell, film critic and host of The Treatment on KCRW. In his latest book, he describes the surreal experience of his life getting the Hollywood treatment. His book, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, was turned into the film Being Flynn, with Robert De Niro cast as his alcoholic father and Julianne Moore as his suicidal mother. Free, but reservations required.

La Canvas holds a party tonight at 10 pm for the release of its Art Issue. The evening also serves as a preview of No Vacancy at The Hotel Juniper. There’s live art by the issue’s cover artist Allison Torneros; gifting by New Era, Filtrate, See You Monday, Filtrate Eyewear and more. DJ sets by HAPA The Urban Nomad and Soulre. 21+. Free with RSVP.

The Hammer Lecture series and the UCLA Department of Art presents a talk by photographer Catherine Opie tonight at 7:30 pm. A professor at UCLA’s Department of Art, Opie is regarded as one of this generation’s leading photographers, capturing the American landscape and its people. Her exhibition Twelve Miles to the Horizon is currently on view at the Long Beach Museum of Art.

Mindshare LA presents a special screening and Q&A of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry tonight at the Downtown Independent Theater. Produced and directed by Alison Klayman, it’s the first feature-length documentary on the Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei. There will be a short Q&A after the documentary. (The Downtown Independent now serves a rotating selection of micro-brew draft beers from Angel City Brewery, fyi.) Doors at 7 pm, screening at 8 pm and Q&A at 9:30 pm. Tickets: $15. Sold out; waitlist only.

*Pencil pick of the day

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