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Pencil This In: Lenka in Concert, Lisa Hanawalt's 'Dirty Dumb Eyes' Graphic Novel and Debbie Allen in Conversation

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Lenka "The Show".

Here’s a quick list of the happenings in LA tonight to help shake off a case of the Mondays. Aussie singer-songwriter Lenka promotes her new album Shadows, out tomorrow; Zócalo Public Square welcomes Debbie Allen in conversation; Lisa Hanawalt presents her graphic novel My Dirty Dumb Eyes; LACMA’s Michael Govan interviews architect Peter Zumthor and of course, music for a school night. Read on for all the details:

The Australian singer-songwriter Lenka plays The Hotel Cafe tonight and tomorrow to promote her new album Shadows, which also comes out Tuesday. She’s best known for her hit song “The Show,” which was the catchy tune featured in Moneyball. Lenka describes her new material as lullabies for adults, and the intimate venue should suit the music well. Tonight’s show’s sold out, but a few tickets may be available at the door. 21+. 7 pm.

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Zócalo Public Square at the Petersen Museum presents An Evening With Debbie Allen tonight at 7:30 pm. The actor, dancer, choreographer, director, producer, author, discusses her career and work, but her leadership role in arts education and the role of arts in society as well. Allen is in conversation with Erika Hayasaki, UC Irvine English Professor and former L.A. Times correspondent. Free, but RSVPs requested. Parking at the museum is $8.

Skylight Books hosts an evening with graphic novelist Lisa Hanawalt tonight at 7:30 pm. Hanawalt, a nominee for the James Beard Award for Humor, presents her debut collection, My Dirty Dumb Eyes. The graphic novel features short pieces, movie reviews, lists and tips for readers. Pieces include, "Rumors I've Heard About Anna Wintour" and "The Secret Lives of Chefs." After the presentation, Hanawalt sticks around for a Q&A and book signing.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, LACMA presents The Director’s Series: Michael Govan and Peter Zumthor. Govan talks with Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor about his study of the history of LACMA’s “complex site and his vision for the encyclopedic art museum in the twenty-first century.” The event is being held in conjunction with the exhibition The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA. At the Bing Theater. Tickets: $20, $15 LACMA members, seniors 62+, and students with ID.

It’s a School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. On tap tonight are live performances by Jmsn, Warships and Grizfolk with DJ sets by BT Magnum and Dezlin. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

*Pencil pick of the day

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