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Pencil This In: They Might Be Giants at Amoeba, Harlan Ellison at Cinefamily and Art and Nature Lectures

They Might Be Giants play a live set at Amoeba tonight. (Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez)
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Here are your options for a Tuesday night in LA: They Might be Giants play a live set at Amoeba; Harlan Ellison talks about early science-fiction on TV; Night Gallery holds an opening for Samara Golden; lectures at the Hammer Museum and Temescal Gateway Park; and an evening of the Moth storytelling. Read on for all the details.

Tonight at 6 pm, Amoeba hosts an in-store live set by They Might Be Giants. After the performance, they’ll sign copies of their latest album, Join Us. You have to buy the album at Amoeba to get it signed.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, it’s another installment of TV Tuesdays at Cinefamily with special guest Harlan Ellison. Harlan Ellison radicalized science fiction from the 1960s on with more than 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays and essays. He wrote for classic TV shows such as The Outer Limits and Alfred Hitchcock Presents and the original Star Trek. The conversation on Ellison’s love/hate relationship with TV will be moderated by Josh Olson (Oscar-nominated screenwriter of A History of Violence) followed by screenings of some of Harlan’s memorable work. Tickets: $10/free for members.

Night Gallery holds an opening tonight at 10 pm for Samara Golden’s Rape of The Mirror. Inspired by movies such as The Long Goodbye and American Gigolo, Golden “constructs an architecture of luxury made entirely of silver insulation material known as Thermax. Reflective furniture, a jacuzzi and a queen-sized bed fitted with light blue sheets occupy the gallery space. A video of breaking waves crashes over the installation, illuminating the darkness while stretching the space to the other side of the earth.” The show is on view through Dec. 8. BYOB.

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Tonight at 7 pm, the Hammer Museum hosts the lecture Taste and Style Just Aren't Enough. Gallerist Alonzo Davis, collectors Vaughn Payne and Joy Simmons, curator Franklin Sirmans and art historian Karin Higa discuss the importance of galleries and collectors in creating an African American art community in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s. The program is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980. Free.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, Culture in the Canyon at the Chautauqua Series in Temescal Gateway Park presents the programA Master's Photography. The book "The Santa Monica Mountains, Range on the Edge," by Matthew Jaffe, features the landscape-art photography of Tom Gamache. The two will share experiences while creating the book and give a few lit and photography tricks. Book signing to follow. Meet at Woodland Hall, 1.5 hours.

The Moth storytelling takes over El Cid tonight at 7:30 pm. Tonight’s theme is “moving”—so storytellers are asked to prepare a five-minute ditty without reading from notes or stand-up routines. Doors at 7 pm. Admission is $8 at the door.

*Pencil pick of the day

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