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Pencil This In: Ride the Divide Screens at the Downtown Independent, Poetry at the Schindler House and Santa Corpse Variety Show at the Asylum Theater

There's a screening and after-party for the intense, insane mountain biking film Ride the Divide tonight at the Downtown Independent. | Photo: Still from Ride the Divide.
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Cinefist, Cinema Speakeasy and Film Courage Interactive join forces tonight to bring a screening, filmmaker Q&A and after-party at the Downtown Independent for the film Ride the Divide. Directed by Hunter Weeks, the film follows three characters’ experiences with the toughest mountain bike race--2,700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. 8 pm. Tickets: $10.

PianoFight debuts a show from its latest comedy troupe, Corpses, tonight at 8 pm at Theater Asylum. Santa Corpse features sketch comedy from Jamie King, music from Zeahna Young of the Americana folk group Marietta James and a debut short film. They’re giving out presents at the show, too. Tickets: $15 ($5 off with the discount code tonkatruck.)

The Annenberg Beach House hosts a reading from its writer-in-residence Sandro Meallet as he reads from his second novel The Coming of Rage. Set in San Pedro, the novel follows a boy who commits an odd crime against his mother, believing he’s been driven to it by necessity. Free, but reservations required. 6:30 pm (but arrive by 6:15 to keep your reservation).