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Pencil This In: Readings from 'The Pale King,' Hatchi Truck Stop at Breadbar, All About Walken Returns

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PEN Center USA and Skylight Books celebrate the release of David Foster Wallace's unfinished novel The Pale King, with monologues read by Henry Rollins, Josh Radnor, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman and others. Hosted by LA Times Book Critic David L. Ulin. At the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills tonight. Doors at 7 pm.

Breadbar in Century City continues the Hatchi Truck Stop series tonight (every last Thursday of the month) from 6-10 pm. The evening brings in food truck chefs to offer a small plates priced at $8 each ($32 minimum purchase per guest). Tonight’s guest menu is provided by the Great Balls on Tires truck. Dishes on the menu will be paired with specialty microbrews from North Coast Brewing Company. Balls include: the IncrediBall with Ground Kobe Beef, Apple Wood-Smoked Bacon, Gruyère, Wild Arugula, and Garlic Aïoli on a toasted Brioche Bun and a Boar Ball with Pork Belly and Sauerkraut.

LA author Christopher Farnsworth promotes his new book The President’s Vampire tonight at 7 pm at Barnes & Noble at the Grove. A follow-up to 2010’s Blood Oath, the book focuses on vampire hero Nathaniel Cade who’s bound by an unbreakable blood oath to protect the President of the United States from any kind of danger.

Family Bookstore hosts an evening with pro-skateboarder Jason Dill and Fuck This Life zine author Weirdo Dave. They’re launching their new book, Dill With Fuck This Life. They’ll offer a slideshow presentation with Dave live from York. Dill will be in the house signing copies. 7:30 pm. Free.

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All About Walken, the sketch comedy show featuring eight male and female Walken impersonators, takes you through the life and career of the man who can give ‘em the dead eye like no one else. The event is being billed as sketch/improv/multimedia/interactive extravaganza. Tonight at 8 pm at ACME Comedy Theatre. Tickets: $15.

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