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Pencil This In: 'Star Dreck' with Wil Wheaton; Hauschka on Prepared Piano; Cinefamily's Five Minutes Game

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Happy Memorial Day! If you're enjoying a day off today, check out these events happening tonight. Fans of John Cage might want to check out Hauschka, who's a prepared piano phenom; NerdMelt's Star Dreck has a very special guest from Star Trek: TNG; Cinefamily plays games and grills; the Hatfields and McCoys battle on TV; and It's a School Night. Read on for all the details.

Really interesting bill at the El Rey tonight: German musician Hauschka, master of the prepared piano (putting objects in the piano a la John Cage), performs in support of violinist Hilary Hahn. The two just released their album Silfra, the result of being holed up and improvising in Iceland for a couple of months. Tickets: $35. Doors at 7 pm. Remember, the El Rey is a standing room venue.

Tonight at 8 pm is another installment of Star Dreck at NerdMelt inside Meltdown Comics. Comedians Kumail Nanjiani and Matt Mira are huge Trekkies, who host a show each month dedicated to skewering the really really bad Star Trek episodes. With the help of guests—tonight it’s Wil Wheaton (WES CRUSHER himself)—they’ll rip scenes to shreds. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

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It’s time for Cinefamily’s annual Memorial Day festivities: The Five Minutes Game and BBQ. They’ll chose 15 movies you’ve probably never seen before, and screen the first five minutes of each. The audience votes on which one to screen in its entirety. In between the grill will be going, so bring something to eat/throw on the grill. The game begins at 6 pm, and the film screens at 9 pm. $12/free for members.

Now this one is especially for the couch potatoes out there: The History Channel starts its three-part miniseries Hatfields and McCoys tonight, continuing for the next two nights. Featuring a star-studded cast that includes Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton as the patriarchs of the opposing clans, the series shows how an American family feud almost led to another Civil War between Kentucky and West Virginia.

It’s a School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. Tonight’s lineup includes:
Justin Cornwall at 9:00 pm; The Miracals at 9:45 pm; Samantha Ronson at 10:45 pm and a top secret headliner at 11:45 pm. Closing out the night is a DJ set by Drake Doremus at 12:15 am. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

*Pencil pick of the day

Want more events? Follow me on Twitter (@christineziemba). Or follow Lauren Lloyd—who takes care of Pencil on Wednesdays (@LadyyyLloyd).

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