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Pencil This In: 'Web Therapy' at the Paley Center, David Lynch Signing at Amoeba and a Taste of the Farmers Market

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Here’s the short list of what’s happening in LA tonight: Lisa Kudrow and her Web Therapy compatriots are at the Paley Center; literary readings and poetry readings at the Hammer and Annenberg Beach House; music by The Cat Empire and Aidan Knight; a David Lynch album signing; the Taste of the Farmers Market; a Victory Lap variety show and Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction. Read on for all the details.

The Paley Center for Media presents the program An Evening with Web Therapy: The Craze Continues… tonight at 7 pm. The evening includes a preview of the new season that begins on July 23 and a panel discussion with Lisa Kudrow, Don Roos, Dan Bucatinsky, Lily Tomlin and Showtime EVP of Original Programming Gary Levine. The panel will be moderated by Sara Gilbert, host and executive producer of The Talk. If you can’t make it to Beverly Hills tonight, the panel will be streamed live at at 7:30 pm. A few tickets remain for the Paley’s onsite, closed-circuit viewing room: $7.

David Lynch is at Amoeba tonight at 6 pm to celebrate and sign his latest release The Big Dream, which comes out today. Purchase your copy at the event to get it signed, and listen to a DJ set spun by Dean Hurley (Lynch musical collaborator). If you buy the album, Lynch will sign one additional item. Get there early because this signing is limited to the first 200 purchasers (two per person).

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Today the Farmer’s Market at Third and Fairfax celebrates its annual birthday celebration with aTaste of Farmers Market. More than 50 of the Market’s restaurants, grocers, confectioners, bakers and gourmet shops offer tastes of their wares between 5 and 9 pm tonight. Think mini-chicken pot pies and pork belly BLTs, Brazilian barbecue, gumbo, falafel, crepes, stuffed mushrooms, pastrami, orange tofu and tuna spoons. The menu includes beer and wine samples and non-alcoholic beverages, too. Tickets: $35 in advance online, and $40 at the door. Free parking validation for attendees.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, the Hammer Museum presents the PEN Emerging Voices program, featuring readings by the PEN Center’s 2013 Emerging Voices Fellows: Elle Brooks, Krisserin Canary, Terrance Flynn, Kima Jones, Tommy Moore and Lilliam Rivera. A reception follows the readings. Free.

It’s an evening of poetry at the Annenberg Beach House tonight from 6:30-8 pm. Three Red Hen Press Poets—Blas Falconer, Atsuro Riley and Tess Taylor—along with moderator Alice Quinn will read from their most recent works, exploring the idea of family—the good, bad and ugly. The event is free, but reservations are required.

The Melbourne, Australia-genre-defying outlet The Cat Empire (a little ska, jazz, pop, etc.) play at Avalon tonight. The band stops in LA in the midst of a massive tour to promote their fifth studio album Steal The Light. Tickets: $25. This show is 21+. Doors at 8 pm and show at 9 pm. For something a little mellower, the Victoria, British Columbia-based quintet Aidan Knight play the Hotel Cafe tonight to preview songs off their US debut album Small Reveal, which releases next week. Tickets: $8+ service charge.

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 Andrés du Bouchet, Paul Brittain & Jet Eveleth, Nate Bargatze and Eliza Skinner. 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.

We’re huge fans of Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction, a comedy show created and hosted by Bryan Cook. Tonight at 9 pm at NerdMelt, 10 comics write and perform erotic fan fiction pieces, based on their imagination or audience suggestions. Tonight’s guests are Sean Patton, Andy Haynes, Beth Stelling, John Roy, David Huntsberger, Barbara Gray, Matt Goldich, Joe Starr and Virginia Jones. Tickets: $10 at the door. Last month, we heard a little story about the Hamburglar and Mayor McCheese...and we still can’t get that picture out of our minds.

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