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Find out why preservation = recycling at the LA Conservancy event tonight. / Photo of the Bradbury Building by Kevitivity via LAist's flickr pool.

ART*: Tonight at 7 pm, Family hosts the launch of Overspray: Riding High With the Kings of California Airbrush Art. The book launch and exhibition will feature a talk, slideshow and signing by airbrush artists Dave Willardson and Charles White III along with Overspray author Norman Hathaway and LA art director Mike Salisbury. A large exhibition of vintage airbrush posters will be on display including Charlie White's extremely rare Star Wars poster. The book is a “comprehensive account of the rise of airbrush art, and of the equally bright and glossy Los Angeles culture in which it flourished during the 1970s.”

FILM: The Aero presents the Los Angeles premiere of Nick Broomfield’s Battle for Haditha tonight at 7:30. “It's a powerfully raw and plausible verite-style reconstruction of a skirmish during which a U.S. Marine was blown up and, in retaliation, 24 Iraqi civilians were shot.” Discussion follows the screening with director Nick Broomfield.

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TALK: The Los Angeles Conservancy hosts a 30th anniversary celebration tonight at 7 pm with Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation on how preserving historic buildings also preserves the environment. The event will take place at the Los Angeles Center Studios, and Moe will explain "how recycling buildings is like recycling bottles, newspaper, or anything else." Tickets to the event are $5, which includes parking and a light catered reception that follows the discussion. Reservations are required, so we need to let people know as far in advance as possible. For tickets, visit

THEATRE: As part of the International Theatre Festival, director-actor Robert Lepage will make his L.A. performance debut with his company Ex Machina in the North American premiere of The Blue Dragon at UCLA Freud Playhouse Macgowan Hall at 8 pm. The theatre piece follows the story of Pierre Lamontagne, the central figure in Lapage's award-winning masterpiece The Dragons' Trilogy. The resulting intersection of his life with two others results in a collision of Eastern and Western, modern and ancient, and establishment and subversive values and brings about fundamental changes for each. Tickets are $40 and $60. The play runs through Nov. 22.