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Pencil This In: Hitchcock Double Feature, Beatles on Ukulele Marathon, Yarn Crawl LA and a Poker 101 Night

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We sort through a lot of events and happenings around LA so you don’t have to. Here’s a list of great things to do in LA tonight: a stand-up/improv night; a storytelling evening around stories you wouldn't want to tell mom; the Downtown Art Walk; a Hitchcock double feature; a poker 101 class; and the Beatles complete on ukulele project for Haiti relief. Read on for all the details:

The New Beverly holds a Hitchcock double feature, and these films are always a treat on the big screen. Up first is the Jimmy Stewart-Grace Kelly sexy, suspenseful thriller Read Window (1954) at 7:30 pm. It’s followed at 9:45 pm by the 1948 film Rope with Stewart, John Dall and Farley Granger. The film, about a couple of college kids who murder a classmate as an experiment, was Hitchcock’s first in Technicolor, and it’s noted for its extremely long takes in real time, pieced together as if it were a continuous take. Tickets: $8.

Three Day Rule (a dating site) holds a Poker 101 workshop tonight 7-10 pm at South in Santa Monica. Learn how to play Texas Hold 'Em poker or brush up your poker skills with a couple of poker pros. Practice in small groups while enjoying 1/2 off all appetizers like chicken 'n waffle sliders, hush puppies, or a tri-tip quesadilla. Drink specials include $3 pints, $10 pitchers, $4 well drinks and $5 wines. Tickets: $15+ service fee.

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The monthly comedy event Stand-Up on the Spot: The Improvised Stand-Up Show with Jeremiah Watkins is at the Rant LA Theater in Hollywood tonight beginning at 7:45 pm. In this improv/stand-up experiment, 9-10 comics get approximately five minutes each to riff on a topic that the audience decides. Scheduled comics include: Hasan Minhaj, Andrew Santino, Sandy Danto, Dean Delray, Tony Hincliff, Jamar Neighbors, Peter Banachowski, Sandro Iocolano, Ryan O’ Flanagan and others. Tickets: $5 presale / $8 door. Free beer included.

It’s time for the monthly Downtown Art Walk and at Exchange LA, there’s a multimedia event Wild that mixes art, music and fashion to benefit wildlife conservation. The gallery showcases a collection of endangered animal portraits by artist Vishvakarma, who will also be live painting throughout the event. SpiritHoods merchandise and SpiritAnimal t-shirts by The Mountain will be on sale to benefit various animal nonprofits. Fashion poets/performance artists The Bumbys will check out your outfit and then type out a poem on the spot for your keeping. 8 pm.

The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica screens the George Roy Hill-directed Slap Shot(1977), a comedy about a has-been hockey team. Starring Paul Newman and co-starring Michael Ontkean, Strother Martin, Jerry Houser and Jennifer Warren, the film focuses on how cussing and violence on the rink can draw a crowd—just like real-life hockey. Discussion following with actors Houser and Warren, and producer Robert Crawford, moderated by Larry Karaszewski. Tickets: $11.

Film producer Nikki Levy brings the storytelling evening Don’t Tell My Mother to Cafe Fais Do-Do tonight at 7:30 pm. Comics, actors and screenwriters share stories they would never want their mothers to know. Performers tonight are: Jen Kirkman, Adam Shapiro, Ron Morehouse, Jackie Kashian and Levy. Musical interludes by Abby Posner! Tickets: $15, 21+.

Rayya Elias reads and signs her memoir Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair and Post-Punk from the Middle East to the Lower East Side tonight at 7 pm at Book Soup. Elias was born in Aleppo, Syria, and moved to the U.S. in 1967, and has spent time as a musician, hairdresser, filmmaker, and real estate broker. Her memoir is “a vivid adventure of an immigrant girl coming to terms with her sexual, ethnic, and creative identity.” Her exciting new life led to drugs, men, women, new wave and post-punk—as well as homelessness and jail stints. She’s been clean since 1997.

Record Producer/Musician Roger McEvoy Greenawalt presents The Beatles 50 Greatest Hits on Ukulele: A Benefit ForJ/P Haitian Relief Organization at Los Globos tonight from 8-11 pm. The show is a condensed 3-hour version of the ambitious 24-hour Beatles Complete On Ukulele project. Greenawalt (with a little help from his many music business friends) will play 50 of the Beatles original songs, joined by a rotating backing band and celebrity guest stars who will sing songs of their choice. Joining Greenawalt are: Michael des Barres, The Pierces, Alain Johannes (Queens Of The Stone Age/Eagles Of Death Metal), Zander Schloss (The Circle Jerks), Johanna Chase, Abby Travis and many others. Tickets: $15.

Get your needles, hooks and yarns together because the second annual Yarn Crawl LAbegins today and runs through this weekend. Travel to participating yarn stores during regular business hours to win prizes, shop, hang out with other yarn lovers, exchange tips and learn new skills.

The next edition of Book’d in Burbank takes place tonight at Theatre Banshee in the Magnolia Park tonight at 8 pm. Book lovers will get to hear readings, participate in a books giveaway, listen to stand-up literary comedy and mingle with a dessert reception. Novelists on the panel tonight include: Michelle Gagnon (YA technothriller), Robin Benway (YA mystery/espionage), Anne Kemp (contemporary romance), Felice Fox (steamy and erotic contemporary romance), Ann Royal Nicholas (sexy mystery), and Tammy Kaehler (mystery/suspense). Tickets: $10.

Open Door Thursday is a new neighborhood event that marks the official launch of the Highrose Art and Design district. Furniture, art and design galleries near Melrose and Highland Avenues—including Reform Gallery, Galerie Half and The Window, among others—will keep their doors open late and offer food and drinks.

*Pencil pick of the day

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