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Pencil This In: German Beer Appreciation at Spring Street Smokehouse, Graffiti and Art Talk at LACMA and Pre-Code Film Screening at UCLA

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Author James W. Douglass, Oliver Stone and others discuss JFK's assassination and legacy.

Author James W. Douglass, Oliver Stone and others discuss JFK's assassination and legacy.
The release of the new book JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters by James W. Douglass has been timed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s election. The book presents a “compelling account of why JFK was assassinated—and why the unmasking of this truth remains crucial for the future of our country and the world.” Tonight Douglass joins filmmaker Oliver Stone, author Lisa Pease, and Orbis Books Publisher Robert Ellsberg for a discussion, Q&A and book signing on JFK’s assassination and legacy. At the Saban Theatre at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 without book and $32 with a copy of the book.BEER
The Spring Street Smokehouse in Chinatown hosts a German beer appreciation night. Mark Gerlach will talk about beer from three German breweries:  Reutberger, Hopf and Schonramer. 7 pm. Check website for prices. 

We’re huge fans of campy, pre-Code films and tonight the UCLA film program offers a free screening of Virtue (1932) at the James Bridges Theater, UCLA. 7:30 pm. The melodrama stars Carole Lombard “a lady of the night,” and Pat O’Brien plays “the chump taxi driver” who falls for her. Sony has digitally restored this 35mm, b/w, 69 min. film. 7:30 pm.

LACMA hosts guerrilla poster artist Robbie Conal in conversation with Ted Habte-Gabr, producer of the Live Talks Los Angeles series, on the “oddities of the relationship between art in sanctioned and non-sanctioned public space and the conundrum of street art vs gallery-museum art.” Free, tonight from 5-7 pm, no reservations.

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The Paley Center welcomes the cast of Royal Pains tonight at 7 pm. Expected in person are Mark Feuerstein, "Dr. Hank Lawson"; Paulo Costanzo, “Evan Lawson"; Jill Flint, "Jill Casey"; Reshma Shetty, "Divya Katdare"; Michael Rauch, Executive Producer; and Andrew Lenchewski, Executive Producer. For those not familiar with the USA show’s premise, an idealistic ER doc (Feuerstein) gets unjustly fired from his job and opens a practice with his accountant brother in the Hamptons. Tickets: $15, $10 for Paley Center members.

Reel Talk with Stephen Farber previews the upcoming film Morning Glory (with Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams and Diane Keaton). Guest speaker tonight is screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna, who wrote The Devil Wears Prada. 7 pm in the Wadsworth Theater. $20.

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