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Pencil This In: Maron Panel at the Paley Center, 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents,' Erotic Fan Fiction and a Victory Lap

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Here’s the short list of what’s happening in LA tonight: A reading and book signing with author Charlie McDowell; The Best of Alfred Hitchcock Presents on the big screen; comedy at Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction and at Victory Lap; Marc Maron and creative team discuss this IFC show and comedy; and a pick from the Hollywood Fringe. Read on for all the details.

Tonight at 7 pm, Book Soup hosts author/filmmaker Charlie McDowell for a reading and signing of his new book Dear Girls Above Me (Random House). The book is based on his popular Twitter account about a guy who’s inspired to ”think as women do after he discovers that he can overhear the conversations that his unsuspecting neighbors are having in the apartment above him.”

The Paley Center for Media presents Comedy Nirvana! An Evening with Maron tonight at 7 pm. Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times interviews a panel of comics and the creative team behind Marc Maron’s hit IFC show. In addition to Maron, the panelists include Sivert Glarum, executive producer/writer; Jim Serpico, executive producer; Michael Jamin, executive producer/writer; and Bobcat Goldthwait, director/guest star. Tickets: $20, $15 for Paley Center members. If you can’t make it to Beverly Hills tonight, the panel portion of the evening will be streamed live.

Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction celebrates its first anniversary tonight at 9 pm at the Nerdmelt showroom with the first-ever Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction Championship Edition. Expect sexy fan fic from former LA show winners, including Kyle Kinane, Moshe Kasher, Kurt Braunholer, Eliza Skinner, Andres Du Bouchet, Mike O’Connell, Heather Thomson, Jim Hamilton and others. Tickets: $10.

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Tonight from 7-10 pm at the Loft at Liz’s gallery, Cosimo Pizzulli, architect and winemaker, leads guests in atasting of Pizzulli Family Wines. He started making wine on his property in Malibu, but began buying grapes from a Los Alamos vineyard in Santa Barbara County and created the Pizzulli Family Winery in Camarillo. He makes San Giovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo Rose. His 2008 Dol cetto received the 2010 Double Gold Medal / Best of Class at the California State Fair. Tickets: $20.

LA celebrates the work of Alfred Hitchcock, and Cinefamily does its part tonight by presenting TV Tuesdays: The Best of Alfred Hitchcock Presents at 7:30 pm. The series was a hit when it first launched in 1955, and Cinefamily screens some of the best episodes tonight with Norman Lloyd (one of the show’s producers) in attendance. We’re sure he’s got some great Hitchcock stories to tell. Tickets: $12, free for members.

Victory Lap, a variety show of comedy, music and ephemera is at the Virgil tonight at 9 pm. Hosted by Seth W. Owen and Stuart Jenkins, the lineup includes comedians Kyle Kinane, Duncan Trussell, Anne Lederman and Katie Crown. In addition, Alex Dezen of The Damnwells joins the house band, Warp Drive, as a special guest. And if that weren’t enough to entice you, there’s no cover, there are prizes given away throughout the night as well as a $6 happy hour all night long. There’s valet so you don’t have to worry about finding a parking space in this neighborhood. Doors at 8:30 pm.

Tonight at 8 pm, there's a special Music in Film Night at The GRAMMY Museum @ L.A. LIVE with a performance, discussion and clips from the documentary Brothers Hypnotic. The film documents the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, whose eight members are all sons of jazz legend, Phil Cohran. "Cohran and their mothers raised them together on Chicago’s South Side on a strict diet of jazz, funk and Black Consciousness." Tickets: $20, door only.

One of the shows playing in the Hollywood Fringe tonight is the musical production [title of show], directed by Corey Lynn Howe, book written by Hunter Bell, and music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen. It’s about two struggling writers entering a musical theater festival with a musical about...what to write about. “In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists.” Tonight at 9:30 pm at Theatre Asylum. Tickets: $12.

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