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Pencil This In: The Moth Grandslam, Lincoln and Vampires, Animation Tuesdays

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Tonight at 7 pm the Santa Monica Museum of Art hosts Helen Varola, co-editor of Con Art, a book on art and magic. She’ll discuss history and symbolism of the pulling a rabbit out of the hat trick. Varola’s lecture is part of the museum’s current exhibit Diana Thater: Between Science and Magic. Free admission, but seating is limited. BOOKS*
Seth Grahame-Smith moves on from Jane Austen’s zombie problem and to Abe Lincoln’s secondary career. The author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies presents and signs Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter tonight at 7 pm at Book Soup. As a young boy, Lincoln finds out that his mother’s death was the fault of a vampire--and that shapes his purpose in life as a vampire hunter. Grahame-Smith finds Lincoln’s lost journal and reconstructs the hidden history vampires played in early American history.

The Moth’s 5th Los Angeles GrandSLAM begins tonight at 8 pm at the Echoplex. Ten champion Moth StorySLAM storytellers will take the stage for five minutes to tell a true-life tale on the theme “Uncharted Territory.” As with all Moth events, no notes or scripts are allowed. The winner of tonight's competition advances to the GrandSLAM Championship. Tickets: $17.

Animation historian Jerry Beck brings a new slate of classic cartoons to theCinefamily’s Animation Tuesdays tonight. He’ll bring cartoons from the 1950s which were made in various anamorphic widescreen formats and will include Disney’s Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom and Terrytoons’ Juggler of Our Lady (narrated by Boris Karloff, designed by R.O. Blechman.) The program starts at 8 pm at the Silent Movie Theater. Tickets: $13.

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