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Pencil This In: Telling Taboo Tales, Sarah Silverman Screens 'Crimes and Misdemeanors' and More

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We scour press releases and sites for the best events around LA so you don't have to. Here's what we found happening in LA tonight: From an evening of taboo storytelling in WeHo to a Wayne Federman-hosted film festival to an 'Evening of Lines & Words.' Read on for all the details.

The international communications agency KesselsKramer has partnered with MOCA for a great three-day event: Advertising for People Who Don’t Like Advertising (AFPWDLA) Conference and Exhibit. Keynote speakers and panelists alike will discuss how to help “culture, commerce and content get along and create communications that connects with people in a truthful, meaningful way.” The conference starts at 2 pm today, but there are more sessions tomorrow that cover topics like digital content and storytelling being held at the KK art space in Chinatown or at MOCA. RSVPs required.

It’s an evening of public cathartic release tonight at 8 pm with another edition of Taboo Tales. Seven storytellers take to the stage to talk about all things taboo—sexual hangups or proclivities, eating disorders or another number of other usually forbidden topics around the dinner table. This show's brave storytellers are: Bill Ratner, Andrea Abbate, Michael Feldman, Margot Leitman, Jill Cepela, Grant Lyon, Jenna Britton joined by hosts Corey Podell and Laurenne Sala. Get there by 7:15 for a pre-reception and a chance to share your own taboos. Tickets: $13+ service charge.

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The 2nd Annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival (today through March 2) is hosted by comedian Federman who has invited a number of stand-up comedians to screen the films that inspire them. The festival kicks off tonight with Sarah Silverman introducing, screening and doing a Q&A with Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors at 7:30 pm, followed by The Sklar Brothers on Breaking Away at 10:30 pm. Tickets: $12.

The Getty Museum presents the lecture Tales from an Art Detective: The Eventful Lives of Art Objects tonight at 7 pm at the Harold M. Williams Auditorium. Victoria Reed, the Monica S. Sadler Assistant Curator for Provenance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, discusses her work as an "art detective," in which she traces the provenance (ownership history), of the Boston museum's collection. She researches art pieces for a history of potential seizures, thefts and losses during the Nazi era and afterward. Free, but reservations recommended. Parking is $10 at the Getty after 5 pm.

There’s an opening/artist reception tonight from 6:30-8:30 pm for the group art exhibition Abstract Urban Harmony at Artspace Warehouse. The show features new artworks by Swiss artist Edith Konrad, LA-based artists Ron Piller and Brenda Holzke and many others. The works “explore the constant reminders of an unintended consequence of disposable culture: the fragile aesthetic of an ephemeral, transitory built environment.” The exhibition runs through April 18.

Grubwithus launched its new iPhone app Grubtonight and celebrates with a prix fixe meal at the Border Grill in Santa Monica at 7:30pm. The $25 cost includes a special menu, tax and tip. Reservations open at 10 am and can only be made from the free iPhone app.

Alias Books in Westwood presents An Evening of Lines & Words tonight from 8-10 pm. Author Ben Pleasants will read from his poems inspired by drawings by Rafael Buñuel (artist and son of filmmaker Luis Buñuel). The reading will be followed by a Q&A with the artist. Signed copies of their illustrated book, Lines & Words: 50/50, will be available.

DJ Nu-Mark visits Amoebaat 6 pm to play his famous "toy set" live - and sign copies of his new album Broken Sunlight after the show. The Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival starts today at the Egyptian Theater and runs through Sunday. And the self-guided, monthly Koreatown Art Walk begins tonight at 6 pm. Meet at the Wiltern to pick up maps and information.

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