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Pencil This In: Screenwriters Talk Screenwriting at the Academy, William Eggleston Reception at LACMA and Dia de los Muertos at El Carmen

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Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Saturday. | Photo by Malingering via LAist's flickr pool.

Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Saturday. | Photo by Malingering via LAist's flickr pool.
Tonight at 7:30 pm, Cinema Speakeasy holding a screening of The Two Escobars at Laemmle Music Hall 3. The documentary covers the worlds of politics, drugs and sports and how the lives of two Columbians named Escobar--one a criminal and one a soccer star--became intertwined with tragic results. There will be a Q & A with director Jeff Zimbalist following the movie. Tickets: $7 and $1 for a small popcorn.

Hear professional screenwriters discuss the craft and business of writing in Hollywood: Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich, The Soloist) will discuss translating biography to film; Ehren Kruger (The Ring, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) on writing for screen worlds dominated by digital effects; and Andrew Marlowe (Air Force One, Hollow Man) on the process of writing for action films. There will then be a roundtable discussion following the individual presentations. The event’s being held for the 25th anniversary of the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, as all three accomplished participants are former Nicholl Fellowship recipients. 7:30 pm at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Tickets: $5 and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID (limit 2).

LACMA hosts a reception for the launch of a new print by photographer William Eggleston that’s being released in conjunction with the exhibition William Eggleston: Democratic Camera—Photographs and Video, 1961-2008. Join the artist and photography curator Edward Robinson and view Untitled (Los Angeles), 1994/2010, Edition of 30. Tonight from 5-7 pm at the Art Catalogues Store, Ahmanson Building | Free, no reservations.

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El Carmen celebrates Dia de los Muertos tonight from 8 pm until close. Food and drink specials including El Carmen’s classical margaritas ($4), Milagro silver margaritas and shots ($5) and $3 Tecates. A 'Dia de los Muertos' costume and/or face painted for the occasion snags an El Carmen T-shirt (while supplies last).

Lewis Black is in conversation with Craig Ferguson tonight at 7:30 pm at the El Rey. Tickets are $25-$95, but the event is sold out.

Heads up: Tomorrow at the Annenberg Community Beach House is the Los Angeles Creative UnConference. It's a day-long event (10 am-5 pm) with session topics assembled around the theme of Branded Content, Engagement and Social Media. Sessions set the day of the event by the group assembled. You build the conference. Conference cost: $300.

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