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Pencil This In: 'The Harder They Come' 40th Anniversary Screening, Music by Carly Ritter, White Lies

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Here’s a short and sweet list of our favorite events in LA tonight, from a screening of The Harder They Come starring Jimmy Cliff; a night of music with Carly Ritter at the Hotel Cafe or an early acoustic set with White Lies at a free show at Amoeba. There’s also storytelling in Santa Monica with The Moth, and Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick wants you to come down to NerdMelt to help him test out a new game show @midnight. Read on for all the details.

Carly Ritter brings her brand of California-country-folk sounds to the Hotel Cafe tonight to promote her self-titled debut album. She’s got a long lineage of performing in her veins—her grandfather was singing cowboy Tex Ritter and her father was the the late comedian John. Also playing tonight are: Fire At Sea, Reverend Baron and Sam Outlaw. 8 pm.

The Moth's Westside edition takes over Zanzibar in Santa Monica tonight with storytellers spinning tales on the theme of "rules." Anyone can toss their hat into the ring for a chance to be selected. All you have to do is prep a 5-minute story about guidelines, restrictions, regulations—and the following or breaking them. Doors and storytelling signups at 7 pm and tales begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $8 at the door, $16 in advance (guaranteed admission). Hosted by Lauren Weedman. The venue is 21+.

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Tonight at 6 pm at Amoeba, the UK-based band White Lies plays a free acoustic set and then signs copies of its just-released album Big TV. In order to get copies of the CD signed, fans need to buy a copy at the store. All ages.

Perry Henzell’s reggae cult classic film The Harder They Come celebrates its 40th anniversary with a newly restored print and a special screening tonight at 8 pm at the Arclight Cinemas Hollywood. The film, which stars Jimmy Cliff as an aspiring singer-songwriter who turns to a life of crime after being cheated by a corrupt record industry, opens in wider release on Thursday. But tonight, there will be giveaways and a chance to win tickets to a Jimmy Cliff concert in the San Diego area, as well as a Q&A with Roger Steffens, co-founder of "Reggae Beat" on KCRW and photographer Michael Ochs. Tickets: $14.

Chris Hardwick, Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant and Funny or Die take to the NerdMelt showroom stage tonight at 9 pm for the show @midnight—a “rapid-fire game show inspired by the darkest recesses of social media.” Doors at 8:50 pm. This is a test show for Hardwick’s upcoming Comedy Central series. Free.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, the Tuesday Night Project presents the next installment of the Tuesday Night Cafe—one of the longest running free art series in DTLA—at the Aratani Courtyard/Union Center for the Arts. The series is dedicated to highighting the work of visual and performing artists from the LA and Asian American community, and tonight’s show has been dubbed The Big Show featuring acts from collaborators from FilAm Arts and Kollaboration. There’s an open mic, too, with signups beginning at 7 pm. Free.

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