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Pencil This In: 'Reno 911!: Miami' Writers' Discussion and Screening; NerdMelt Open Mic and Music for a Monday

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Happy Monday, LA! Here's what's happening in town tonight: Writers from Reno 9/11 talk about the show and comedy process; NerdMelt hosts an open mic night; music for a School Night and roots rock by Austrialian Jordie Lane. There's also a reading by Helene Wecker who reads from The Golem & The Jinni. Read on for all the details.

Tonight at 7 pm at The Cat and Fiddle, there's a discussion and screening with the writers of Reno 911!: Miami. Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon talk about their creative process as well as the trials, tribulations and successes of writing for the series/film. There's a screening beginning at 9 pm. There's no cover charge, and the kitchen is open until 11:30. Kids', gluten-free and dog-friendly menu available.

If you have three minutes of funny you want to test out before an audience, tonight's your night. Matt Mira, Paul Cibis and Kyle Clark host NerdMelt's comedy free-for-all open micwith both new comics and seasoned comics (Chris Hardwick and Kumail Nanjiani are frequent drop-ins). Sign up is at 8 pm and the lottery is at 8:30 pm, with 25 names for the night plus five guaranteed spots for the following week. Free.

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Helene Wecker presents and signs her debut novel The Golem & The Jinni tonight at 7 pm at Book Soup. It describes a chance meeting and relationship between mythical beings in turn-of-the-last century New York: A golem, a creature made of clay, "brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic" and a jinni, "a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free." It's a mixture of Yiddish and Middle Eastern mythology.

It’s a School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. On tap tonight are live performances by Birds of Tokyo, Of Verona, My Pet and Ex-Cops. DJ sets by Keenhouse and R2M. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

Tonight, Jordie Lane brings his brand of Australian roots rock to The Mint at 8 pm. He's being supported by musician and actor John Gallagher Jr., who stars in HBO's drama The Newsroom. Tickets: $12 at the door. Cash only.

*Pencil pick of the day

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