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Pencil This In: Open Projector Night, Dana Goodyear's Poetry, the Hot 8 Brass Band and Patti Smith

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We found a wide array of things to do tonight in LA, from an open projector night hosted by the Sklar Brothers; Patti Smith in conversation; a new poetry volume (and reading) by Dana Goodyear; a free comedy night; and the New Orleans sounds of the Hot 8 Brass Band. Read on for all the details.

OPEN PROJECTOR
The Hammer Museum presents Open Projector Night tonight at 7:30 pm. If you’re a filmmaker with thick skin, then this is the place to have your work screened. It’s been described as part “showcase and part showdown” where films and videos (of all genres) are shown to an audience not afraid to call a spade a spade. The awesome comedy duo, the Sklar Brothers, serve as emcees, and the Hammer provides free popcorn. If you’re interested in showing work, show up early because submissions are only accepted until 7:30 pm. Work under 10 minutes only. Accepted formats: VHS, DVD Mini DV & Mini HDV, Super 8mm, 8mm and 16mm film.

PATTI SMITH*
USC’s Visions and Voices series welcomes writer-artist-singer Patti Smith to Bovard Auditorium on the campus tonight at 7 pm. The evening, which includes music, poetry and conversation, will be moderated by USC Annenberg professor Josh Kun. Smith’s 1975 debut album, Horses, is considered a classic, and in 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her accomplishments go way beyond music, so the discussion should be a good one. A book signing and reception follows. Online reservations to this free event are currently at capacity, but unclaimed tickets will be available on standby on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 pm in front of Bovard Auditorium.

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COMEDY
Tonight at 10 pm, Rush Street in Culver City holds its Up Top comedy night in the restaurant’s second floor lounge. Hosted by Nick Kaufman and Monika Scott, featured performers include: Julian Mccullough, Morgan Jay, Rob Gleeson, Jordan Morris and Ed Galvez. There’s no cover, plus there’s drink specials with $5 draft beers and $6 well drinks. Up Top takes place every other Tuesday, so the next show’s scheduled for Feb. 19.

POETRY
New Yorker staff writer and LA resident Dana Goodyear reads from her latest book, The Oracle of Hollywood Boulevard: Poems, tonight at 7:30 pm at Skylight Books. The collection of poetry (her second) is a meditation on LA and its denizens.

MUSIC
It’s Mardi Gras season, and for a touch of that New Orleans’ sound tonight, head over to the Bootleg Bar because the Hot 8 Brass Band headlines. Bringing a style that blends funk, traditional jazz and hip hop, the band is sure to play cuts from latest release, The Life And Times Of…’ Also on the bill are Oliwa and the Pleasure Circus and Reigning Monarchs. Doors at 7 pm, show starts at 8 pm, and the Hot 8 are scheduled to go on around 10 pm. The concert is 21+. Tickets: $15.

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