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Pencil This In: Readings at The Last Bookstore, Poetry at Family and Dublab Meets Urban Farmers

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It's one of those nights we wish we could hit up a number of events around town. Our top five picks for tonight include grilled cheese sandwiches and beer; music, art and food at a CONCREAT event; poetry readings at Family bookstore; an evening of readings and performance at the Last Bookstore; and an ALOUD talk on art, games and education. Read on for all the details:

LIT
Family bookstore hosts an evening of readings by authors/poets Jon Leon and Maggie Nelson to celebrate Leon’s new book of poetry The Malady of the Century. The volume is “written as a swansong to a generation that has lost the will to perceive the linear progression of time; a generation that is a collapse of occasions, wherein no discernible or dominant motif is present because Now is the mixture of all times, when every trend that ever was is the current mode.” Nelson’s most recent work is a 2011 New York Times notable book of cultural, art and literary criticism, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning. 7:30 pm.

LOCAL MUSIC + ART + FOOD*
CONCREAT—an event presented by dublab and Young Folks Urban Farmers—features independent music (Seven Davis Jr, Pink Noise Ordinance and others), live t-shirt printing, graffiti and studio artists, a microbrew bar by Porter's Pub and organic cuisine made from local produce. To get the location, please RSVP: concreatRSVP@gmail.com or purchase tickets: $10. Doors at 8 pm. 18+.

LIT
The Last Bookstore Holds an Insert Blanc Press Benefit tonight at 8 pm. The evening features readings and performances from authors, artists, printers, designers, editors, interns and friends of Insert Blanc Press: Harold Abramowitz, Byron Alexander Campbell, Teresa Carmody, Kate Durbin, Janice Lee, Joseph Mosconi, Vanessa Place, Christopher Russell, and Ben White. The press has published works by Katie Herzog and Christopher Russell and introduces the Rabble series and the new Knock-Out Editions, including works like Stingray Clapping by Andrew Choate. The event is free to the public, but a $10 donation to the press would be greatly appreciated.

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GAMING TALK
Tonight at 7:15 pm, ALOUD at the Central Library presents the program Playing the Future: How Games Are Changing the Way We Live. Game designers Mark Essen and Tracy Fullerton discuss the intersection of art, education and play. They’ll be in conversation with Sam Roberts, director of IndieCade. Come early and play Essen's "Nidhogg," set up in the auditorium and "Staccato" in the library courtyard.

GRILLED CHEESE AND BEER
Tonight at the Sunset Strip Market, The Roxy celebrates Social Media Week and LA Beer Week by offering a night of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, music and craft beers. The sandwiches are made with 90 percent of produce and ingredients from the market—like braised lamb and raclette cheese, caramelized shallots on pistachio raisin bread or the vegan Soyrizo, Jack Daiya, jalapenos, on sourdough bread and pico de gallo. A seasonal selection of craft beers, including Deschutes Twilight and Crispin Cider, is also available. Music by The Mowgli’s, End of Ever, Sierra Swan. 5-9 pm.

*Pencil pick of the day

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