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Pencil This In: Official Edgar Wright Art Show, Erotic Storytelling, Frederick Forsyth at Writers Bloc and ESPN's 'The 99ers'

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Here are our event picks in LA tonight: an art show opens that celebrates the films of Edgar Wright; storytelling with The Moth and Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction; Writers Bloc welcomes spy novelist Frederick Forsyth; music tonight by Strange Talk, a four-piece electro-pop Australian band and New Orleans’ own Jon Batiste. Read on for all the details.

Gallery1988 (West) opens its latest exhibition, The OFFICIAL Edgar Wright Art Show, tonight with a reception from 7-10 pm. The group show features a huge lineup of amazing artists who’ve re-created their favorite scenes and characters from the films of Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). Several "special guests" will be making an appearance at the show, too. The show runs through Sept. 7.

Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction takes to the stage at Nerdmelt tonight at 7 pm. Expect sexy fan fic from Mary-Lynn Rajskub, Matt McCarthy, Matt Knudsen, Amber Tozer, Dave Ross, Jeff Wattenhofer, Joselyn Hughes, Tyson Karrasch, Matty Ryan and Lizzy Pilcher. Half of the writers tonight will be writing stories on the spot, based on audience suggestions. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at door.

Former BBC journalist turned spy novelist Frederick Forsyth (The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File and The Dogs of War) is at Writers Bloc tonight at 7:30 pm to discuss his new novel The Kill List. In a rare LA appearance, Forsyth will be in discussion with veteran NPR reporter Mike Shuster. Writers Bloc takes place tonight at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica. Tickets: $20.

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The Australian electro-pop four piece band Strange Talk headline an evening of music at the Bootleg, maybe testing out new songs from their self-produced Wind-up Records debut album Cast Away due out later this fall. Also on the bill are Omniflux, VIBES and Cream DJs. Doors at 8 pm and the show’s at 9 pm. 21+. Tickets: $12.

The Moth takes over Los Globos tonight with storytellers spinning tales on the theme of “underground.” Anyone can toss their hat into the ring for a chance to be selected. All you have to do is prep a 5-minute story about things that lie beneath the surface. Hosted by Brian Finkelstein. Doors and storytelling signups at 7 pm and tales begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $8 at the door, $16 in advance (guaranteed admission). The venue is 18+.

Tonight at 7 pm at the Hotel Cafe, there’s a showcase by New Orleans bandleader, pianist, singer, songwriter and composer Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human w/ special guest Moses Sumney. The band performs songs from their new full-length LP out this fall on Razor + Tie. It’s an early show tonight at 7 pm. Tickets: $12.50.

The Satellite presents a FREE Tribute to Elvis Costello show with a lineup that includes Cary Brothers, Chris Stills, Fatal Attractions (members of Radar Bros. and The Movies), Hall of Fame, Kissing & The Hiccups, The Space Race and Two Sheds. Doors at 8:30 and the show begins at 9 pm. This show should be freakin' awesome!

If you’re staying in tonight, might want to tune into ESPN at 8 pm for the next installment of the Nine for IX short documentary films: The 99ers. On July 10, 1999, women’s sports were turned upside down and thrust under the spotlight when the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team defeated China to win the Women’s World Cup before a sold-out crowd of 90,000 at the Rose Bowl and 40 million watching at home. The film uses candid, behind-the-scenes footage and reunites key players from the 1999 squad and talks to current players as well.

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