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Pencil This In: Gothic Waltzing and the Hand of God in Goooooaaaals

Will the absinthe fairy be at the party tonight? / Photo by Burns! via LAIst's flickr pool.
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ALOUD at the Central Library presents author Minal Hajratwala who’ll discuss her book Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents. Former reporter Minal Hajratwala was born in San Francisco and raised in New Zealand and suburban Michigan. She spent seven years traveling the world and interviewed more than 75 members of her extended family to see what made her ancestors travel from India to five continents and nine countries. The program begins at 7 pm at the Central Library. Reservations are recommended. FILM
The Aero is screening the film Autistic-Like: Graham’s Story as part of World Autism Awareness Day tonight at 7:30 pm. It’s a story about a father’s quest to find the right doctors, therapy and ways to communicate with his son. “When their son was just 17 months old, Erik and Jennie Linthorst suspected something was not quite right. Experts and therapists told them their son was autistic. Sort of. Maybe. Some called him autistic-like. Others said he was not autistic at all.” The family’s struggles and triumphs will be discussed after the film with filmmaker and Graham's dad, Erik Linthorst; Vice President of Clinical Programs, Autism Speaks, Clara Lajonchere; USC Professor of Developmental Pediatrics and Director, Descanso Medical Center, Dr. Ricki Robinson; Smart Start Santa Monica Developmental Pre-school teacher/sensory specialist DanaKae Bonahoom and moderated by Autistic-Like co-producer Jody Becker.

Now this event sounds like a good time: four nights of absinthe, wine, gothic waltzing and apps from Rockenwagner's 3 Square Café. to celebrate the birthday of Edgar Allen Poe. The Astra Dance Company will perform “Astra von Berlifitzing,”; a macabre waltz-ballet based on the tales of Edgar Allan Poe at the Electric Lodge in Venice at the Electric Lodge in Venice tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m. and April 5th at 6 pm. And for dance fiends, a waltz lesson and ball in the candle-lit studio at the Electric Lodge will follow each performance. The audience is invited to come dressed in ball attire and fully participate. Tickets are $20 (show only) $30 (show, waltz lessons and ball) and $40 (show, waltz, ball and complementary cocktails).