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

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Will the absinthe fairy be at the party tonight? / Photo by Burns! via LAIst's flickr pool.

Will the absinthe fairy be at the party tonight? / Photo by Burns! via LAIst's flickr pool.
TALK
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.

GOTH MERRIMENT
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).

MORE FILM
The Egyptian holds a film noir double feature starring Jane Greer beginning tonight at 7:30 pm. Up first is the 1947 Warner Bros. film Out of the Past with Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas who are after the same dame, but she can’t be trusted. The film’s followed by the 1951 film The Company She Keeps, which is a rare print and not out on DVD. “Cynical ex-con Jane Greer, released to nice, understanding parole officer Lizabeth Scott, walks a tightrope, keeping the rest of the cast, as well as the audience, guessing whether her parole will be rescinded for her behavior and thrown back in stir. She’s a gal with man issues and impulsively makes a play for Scott’s fast-talking reporter beau, Dennis O’Keefe. Soon she’s just as interested in the man as she is in getting Scott’s goat. Throw in another female parolee with a drug problem employed at the same hospital as Greer, and you have the makings of a potential disaster.”

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ART
MOCA Grand Avenue is having an Engagement Party - where you get to participate in art installations -- tonight at 7 pm where the resident artist collective Knifeandfork presents Trying the Hand of God. Here’s the description: “…[it’s a]carefully choreographed continuous reenactment of the infamous illegal, but not penalized, ‘Hand of God’ soccer goal from the 1986 International Federation of Associated Football (FIFA) World Cup. Audience members will have the opportunity to play the role of Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer legend who scored the controversial goal against England during the quarterfinals. The event is free, but there’s a cash bar. ART
Heads up: The second annual Los Angeles Art Weekend begins today through Sunday. The event highlights LA’s cultural offerings and the creative talent working in art, architecture, design and performance. The launch party that begins tonight at 9 pm at the Standard Hollywood.

READING
Don't forget that comedian/author Sara Barron makes an appearance at Borders Westwood to talk about her book People are Unappealing: Even Me.

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