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Pencil This In: Dave Barry and Matt Groening, Etsy Craft Night at CAFAM, Jerry Stahl Reading and a Circus from Oz

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Here's what's happening in LA tonight: a DIY craft session on designing and printing cards (in time for V-Day); the circus from Oz is in town; Dave Barry and Matt Groening are in conversation; Jerry Stahl reads from his latest work; a special performance at Plaza de la Raza; and a screening of the tragically unbelievable documentary Hole in the Head: A Life Revealed. Read on for all the details.

It’s Etsy Craft Night tonight at the Craft and Folk Art Museum tonight from 7-9 pm. The museum is busting out the tools and letterpress for guests to design and print own cards. The letterpress will be preset with a Valentine’s phrase so it’s a good way to make a gift for a special someone. Or Mom. It’s free for CAFAM members and $7 for nonmembers (includes materials, drinks and snacks). RSVP:

CAP UCLA presents Circus Oz: From the Ground Up tonight at 8 pm at Royce Hall. The alternative circus from Down Under is animal-free and instead features quick-witted stunt jumpers, power-packed aerialists, jugglers and live-wire musicians. It’s the circus’ first time in LA since its appearance in the 1984 Olympics Opening ceremonies. Tickets: $15-$65.

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Pulizer Prize-winning humorist/author Dave Barry just released Insane City, his first solo novel in 10 years. Barry will talk about his latest work and career at Live Talks LA tonight at 8 pm at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. He’ll be in conversation with The Simpsons creator Matt Groening. The two are members of the band The Rock Bottom Remainders, which raises money for charity “while offending legions of fans with their out-of-key music.” Tickets: $20 general admission; $40 includes talk and Barry's book; $95 for ticket, book and pre-event reception.BOOKS
Jerry Stahl reads from Bad Sex on Speed and The Heroin Chronicles tonight at 7:30 pm at Skylight Books. The first is Stahl’s novel that takes readers on a trip into Amphetamine America. The latter book is a collection of original short fiction about heroin that includes work by Stahl, Eric Bogosian, Lydia Lunch and others.

USC’s Visions and Voices series presents the documentary Hole in the Head: A Life Revealed tonight at 7 pm. The feature film tells the story of Vertus Hardiman and nine other elementary school kids who were were severely irradiated during a medical experiment conducted at the local county hospital in 1927. This crime severely impacted Vertus’ life—a malformed head, with an actual hole in his skull. He kept this a secret from most people for more than 70 years, until he struck a friendship with the filmmaker who helped him shed light on this tragic tale. At the The Ray Stark Family Theatre in the School of Cinematic Arts 108. Free.

Through the Ages is a program that improves literacy, communications and collaboration skills for at-risk students from Monterey Continuation High School in East LA. The youth have interviewed Chicano muralists—Barbara Carrasco, Yreina Cervantez, and David Botello and Wayne Healy of East Los Streetscapers—who started their careers in the late 1960s in LA. The students turned these interviews into a set of one-acts, These Walls Tell Stories, performed by professional actors and students tonight at Plaza de la Raza’s Margo Albert Theater at 7 pm. Free and open to the public.

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