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Pencil This In: Ping Pong Fundrasier, 'Falling Skies' Cast and Crew at the Paley Center and a Little Samba Music

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We have a boatload of events on tap for tonight. 826LA holds a ping pong fundraiser; there's a discussion with TNT's Falling Skies cast and crew; Chaplin on film at the New Beverly; samba music at the Annenberg Beach House and more. Read on for the details.


Noah Wyle turned in the doctor scrubs for the badass creds on TNT's 'Falling Skies.' (Photo: Ken Woroner/TNT)
826LA's fun- and fund-raiser Everything You Know Is Pong happens tonight at the Echoplex with 20 teams playing in the tournament, and only the top four fundraising teams playing special guest players including Spike Jonze, Miranda July, Al Madrigal and Davy Rothbart. Tickets to watch the tournament are $10. Doors at 7:30 pm.

The Paley Center welcomes cast and creative team from TNT’s Falling Skies, which follows a resistance movement born out of an alien attack that has devastated the world. Panelists expected are Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood and a number of other cast members and executive producers. The Paley Center will preview an episode, followed by a Q&A with the cast and creative team. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $20/$15 for members.

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The New Beverly screens two films on and about Chaplin tonight. At 7:30 pm, Chaplin’s City Lights showcases the Little Tramp’s writing and direction. It’s followed at 9:20 pm by Chaplin (1992) directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Robert Downey, Jr. $7 with fees.

Tonight author Susan Suntree weaves together Western science with Native American knowledge in the program Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California at Temescal Gateway Park at 7:30 pm. “She will offer us her rare and poetic vision of a world composed of dynamic natural forces and mythic characters in her account of California's evolution.”

Tonight from 6:30-8:30 pm, Beach=Culture series at the Annenberg Beachhouse welcomes Kátia Moraes and guests for Samba Night. It’s a Latin dance party featuring the Brazilian songstress with Samba lessons given before and during the show.
The 9th Annual Summer Jazz Series continues tonight at Hollywood & Highland from 7-9 pm. There’s a free concert with Barbara Morrison, and a $10 donation to Project Angel Food gets you two glasses of wine and samples of gourmet cheeses, crackers and fruit during the performance.

The Moth LA holds its monthly Eastside edition tonight at El Cid. With the theme “Friendship,” storytellers are asked to prepare a five-minute story. Reading from notes or performing standup are not allowed. Hosted by Brian Finklestein, doors open at 6 pm and stories begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 at the door. (This is a 21+ venue.)

*Pencil pick of the day

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