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Pencil This In: 'True Tales of Love and Lust,' La Femme Film Fest, Duff McKagan's Return and Cole Stratton's 140 Characters

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Two Jacks screens at La Femme Film Fest this week.

Here’s our short list of what’s happening tonight in LA: The 9th Annual La Femme International Film Festival opens; the Los Angeles Review of Books celebrates its foray into print; Cole Stratton riffs 140 characters in under an hour; and Duff McKagan returns to the Sunset Strip for a show (with his daughter’s band as one of the openers). Read on for all the details.

STORYTELLING*
Anna David’s monthly storytelling series True Tales of Lust and Love takes over MBar tonight (and every third Thursday of the month). Five women—including comedians, writers and others—get up on stage and tell / read stories about love, lust or both. Tonight’s guests include: Laura House, Missi Pyle, Justine Barron and Annie Girard. Doors at 8 pm; stories at 8:30 pm. Dinner reservations encouraged at MBar because there’s a $10 food minimum.

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BOOK PARTY
Tonight at 7:30 pm at Skylight Books, the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) celebrates the launch of its print edition. LARB contributors Maria Bustillos, Alex Espinoza, Ariana Kelly,Marjorie Perloff read from their pieces in the first print release.

FILM FEST
The 9th Annual La Femme International Film Festival 2013 opens today through Sunday with screenings throughout the weekend at LA LIVE Regal Theatre Stadium 14. The fest, which celebrates the achievements of the entertainment industry's leading women (in front of and behind the camera), features more than 100 independent features, short films, documentaries, commercials, music videos and special screenings. Films screening at the festival include Awakened starring Jullianne Michelle; The Truth About Emanuel, directed by Francesca Gregorini starring Jessica Biel and Kaya Scodelario; Eyes of Thailand, directed by Wendy Borman, narrated by Ashley Judd; Finola Hughes’ film The Bet starring Mary O’Connor and many others. Individual screening tickets: $10. Tonight’s opening party at the Renberg Theatre Courtyard starts at 7 pm with tickets at $55.

MUSIC
Former Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan returns to the Roxy tonight with his new band Walking Papers for a special show at The Roxy. Joining McKagan in this new venture is Screaming Trees/Mad Season drummer Barrett Martin and Jeff Angell and Ben Anderson, both from the band The Missionary Position. Get to the show early to see opening act Pink Slips—an acoustic duo featuring McKagan’s 16-year-old daughter Grace and Jamie Brooks. Also on the bill: Beware Of Darkness, The Burning of Rome, Thick as Thieves and Wasted Damsels. Tickets: $14-$16.

COMEDY
Tonight at 7:30 pm NerdMelt presents 140 Characters: A solo “show” by @colestratton. Cole Stratton (co-host of the Pop My Culture Podcast and co-founder of SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival) portrays 140 characters in under an hour through their fictitious Twitter accounts. Guest Steve Agee opens. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

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In case you missed it, there are two great festivals happening in LA this weekend. Edward Sharpe's Big Top starts tonight and Festival Supreme is on Saturday.

*Pencil pick of the day

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