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Pencil This In: Comedy at Hollywood Forever, Patio Party with Charles Phoenix

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Dave Eggers reads at Skylight Books tonight. | Photo by sadjeans via LAist's flickr pool.

Dave Eggers reads at Skylight Books tonight. | Photo by sadjeans via LAist's flickr pool.
Comedy is Dead 7” with Mary Lynn Rajskub, Aziz Ansari, Brent Weinbach, Matt Braunger, Natasha Leggero and Duncan Trussell takes place tonight at the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. There’s also a screening of shorts by: Eric Wareheim, DJ Douggpound and Derek Waters. Cocktails are at 8 pm and the show starts at 9. Tickets are $10. Reservations recommended.

Skylight Books hosts author Dave Eggers tonight at 7:30 pm as he reads and signs his new nonfiction book Zeitoun (McSweeney's). The book covers the life of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American, who chose to stay and protect his house and contracting business. “In the days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared. Eggers's riveting nonfiction book, three years in the making, explores Zeitoun's roots in Syria, his marriage to Kathy -- an American who converted to Islam -- and their children, and the surreal atmosphere (in New Orleans and the United States generally) in which what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun was possible.”

The Conga Room presents Latin jazz great Poncho Sanchez and his ensemble tonight at 9 pm-ish. One of the top American percussionists of our time, his performance will take place at The Conga Room after the Grammy Museum screens the film Poncho Sanchez at Montreaux (2004) as part of the Downtown Film Festival - Los Angeles.

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The California Endowment's Center for Healthy Communities hosts a discussion with former California Governor Gray Davis tonight at 6 pm. Is California better off now than when he was in office? Find out tonight. Davis will reflect on how the state has changed since he was recalled in 2003 and what our current fiscal crisis means for the future of California. The event is free, but RSVP here.

There’s a Patio Party at Heath Ceramics LA hosted by Charles Phoenix, SoCal pop-culture enthusiast and lover of mid-century design, tonight from 6-8 pm. Listen to Phoenix talk while sipping a beer and enjoying grilled cheese sandwiches made on ironing boards. Plus, if you do a little shopping, you get 15% off our store. RSVP to

Mix and mingle with LACMA Muse members at the Santa Monica Museum of Art tonight from 7-9 pm to close the exhibit Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool, Paintings 1964-2007. Vocalist Kalil Wilson & His Trio with pianist Dan Marschak will play while cocktails will be available at the open bar. The event’s free to SMMoA members and LACMA Muse members and $10 for non-members. RSVP required:

There are two tapings of a PBS special The Answer is YOU at Club Nokia tonight at 7 pm and 9:30 pm with Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder and spiritual director of the Agape International Spiritual Center, and the Agape International Choir. There are a number of guests scheduled to attend, including a performance by of the BEP. Tickets are $25-$100.

Diesel, A Bookstore in Malibu presents local artist Scott Randle in celebration of his new show, Looking Forward, Looking Back, from 6-8 pm tonight. A decade ago, Randle’s show Indian Summer Palms inspired a whole generation of palm tree paintings. His new show displays the abstract paintings that led up to Indian Summer Palms as well as a new paintings in the series.

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