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Pencil This In: Monday (St. Patrick's Day Edition)

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A reading of Cody Henderson’s The Lawn takes place at the Los Angeles Public Library tonight. / Photo by pinkfish_13 via LAist's flickr pool.

Forget the green beer, David Munnelly's show “Ireland, A Celebration!” is the real deal for St. Patrick’s Day. There’s traditional Irish music and dancing. David started his career with this little band -- The Chieftans -- before venturing out on his own to form The Munnelly's.

8 pm // Irvine Barclay Theatre @ UC Irvine // 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine // $30-$100.


Thomas Doherty, professor of American studies at Brandeis University, will discuss his research and his newly published book, Hollywood’s Censor: Joseph I. Breen & The Production Code Administration. Breen had the final say for thousands of movies, and was single-handedly responsible for movie morals from 1934-1954. (You know that he must have had a few skeletons in his closet.)

7:30 pm // The Linwood Dunn Theater @ the Academy's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study // 1313 Vine Street, Hollywood // Free

Tonight marks the 30th anniversary of the premiere of the Rutles film, All You Need Is Cash. Who were the Rutles? Think Fab Four with an Eric Idle twist. The spoof of the Beatles features Idle, Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey (Dirk, Nasty, Stig & Barry, respectively), and they’ll be at the Egyptian for the screening.

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7:30 pm (sold out), 10:30 pm // Egyptian Theatre // 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood //$20.

The Ensemble Studio Theater-LA presents a reading of a brand new play, Cody Henderson’s The Lawn. Donald Peterson’s perfect lawn is primed to win a blue ribbon in the neighborhood parade, but it turns brown overnight. Could it be his foreign neighbor with an “anti-American lawn” decked in all dandelion and clover? His family life is falling apart, too, and that’s something fertilizer definitely won’t fix.

7 pm // Central Library // 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles // Free.

Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and creative writing professor at MIT, speaks at the Hammer tonight. Seats are first come, first served – so get there early. Our Food Editor Carrie Meathrell certainly will.

7 pm // Hammer Museum // 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles // Free.

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