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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.
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COMEDY*
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.

LIT
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.”

PONCHO SANCHEZ
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.

POLITICS
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.