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Pencil This In: Patriotic Happy Hour, Neon Lights, Soda by Snooki & LCD Soundsystem Documentary

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L.A. has something for everyone tonight. Bookworms can find refuge at the Hammer for a literary fellowship presentation or listen to stories at Avenue 50 Studio. Art appreciators can take a life drawing class or learn about L.A.'s many neon signs. Foodies can find Snooki and her new line of soda at Rocket Fizz or take part in a patriotic happy hour in Culver City, and music and film fans can view a Belgian film or relive LCD Soundsystem's final concert. Read on for details and more fun.

Third Wednesday
Culver City’s Third Wednesday extends the patriotic Fourth of July festivities this month with an All American Bash and Red, White, and Blue Drink and Dessert contest. Sample and vote on free drinks and desserts such as Native Foods’ Red, White, and Blue parfait and The Whole 9 Gallery’s “Patriotic Peach Punch.” Keep the party going with happy hour specials, including Akasha’s ½ off deal on bottles of wine and Kay ‘N Dave Cantina’s buy 2 get 1 free margarita deal. Job’s Daughters International-Bethel no. 2, Culver City Drill Team will perform, and stages for live music will be set up throughout the downtown area. Check out the complete list of participating businesses and details on the night’s specials. 5-9pm. Free.

World Listening Day
Avenue 50 Studio celebrates World Listening Day with a night of listening. Members of storytelling collective Listen Up, Los Angeles!, including Brian Calvert, Katie McMurran, Lea Thau, and David Weinberg, will present their tales. Dez Hope will provide music for the night. Click here for the complete list of participating artists and more information. 7pm. Free.

LCD Soundsystem played its final show last year, but fans can relive or experience the band’s “funeral” for the first time tonight with "Shut Up and Play the Hits," a documentary that tracks the band and front man James Murphy through their final moments in Madison Square Garden. The film was originally set to air for only one night but has been extended to three days in the L.A. area. The first showing is tonight, with limited tickets available at the Arclight and Rave Cinemas. Tickets for Long Beach showings can be found here and here. If you can’t make it tonight, fear not. Cinefamily will screen the film Thursday and Friday. Showings tonight are at 7pm, 7:30pm, 10pm, and 10:30pm, depending on location.

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Everyone’s favorite reality star Snooki will make a stop at candy and soda shop Rocket Fizz in Westwood tonight to meet her fans and promote her line of Wild Cherry soda. 1067 Broxton Ave. 7pm. Free.

Emerging Voices
Pen Center USA presents the conclusion of the literary fellowship program Emerging Voices at the Hammer. Jonathan Alfi, Sacha Howells, Rayne Gasper, Chelsea Hodson, Amanda Fletcher, and Nathan Go are the winners of the 2012 fellowship and will present their final readings tonight. 7:30pm. Free.

Urban anthropologist J. Eric Lynxwiler will present two lectures about the significance of neon art and signs to L.A. as part of the Museum of Neon Art’s “Reading in the Dark: Neon Signs in Los Angeles” event. The lectures will be held at Blu Dot Furniture (8000 Melrose Ave.) 7:30pm. RSVP via email. Free.

The Aero Theatre will screen “La Folie Almayer,” an English-subtitled film loosely based on Joseph Conrad’s “Almayer’s Folly.” The film follows a European trader and his failings in Malaysia and is the most recent addition to the theatre’s Grit and Whimsy III: The Best of Recent Belgian Cinema series. There will also be a post-screening Belgian beer reception. 7:30pm. $11. ($9 for students and seniors, $7 for Cinematheque members).

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Artist Salomon Huerta will teach a life drawing class for beginners at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Supplies will be provided, and participants can draw from a live model. 7-10pm. $45 for non-members, $30 for members.

Venice Underground comedy club celebrates its first anniversary with laughs and burlesque as part of Townhouse’s Red Light Wednesdays. Bronston Jones hosts a lineup that includes Eddie Ifft, Ben Morrison, Nick Youseff, Claude Stuart, and Melinda Cat. Hells Belles Burlesque closes the night with burlesque dancing. Located under Townhouse, 52 Windward Ave. Doors open at 9pm, comedy at 9:30pm, burlesque at 11:30pm. Free.

Reggae band The Lions play at the Echoplex tonight in the latest Dub Club show. This week, guest DJ Peanut Butter Wolf will play a special reggae video DJ set. 21+.9pm. Tickets are $10.

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