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Tuesday, September 30

Red Hen at Boston Court

Boston Court Performing Arts Center

70 North Mentor Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106

7:00pm to 9:30pm

Come to our special reading featuring Ron Carlson, Aimee Bender, and Ron Koertge!

Ron Carlson is the author of five story collections and six novels, including Return to Oakpine and The Signal. His fiction has appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, Playboy, GQ, Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. His book of poems, Room Service: Poems, Meditations, Outcries, & Remarks, was published by Red Hen Press in 2012. His book on writing, Ron Carlson Writes a Story, is taught widely. He is the director of the writing program at the University of California at Irvine and lives in Huntington Beach, California.

Aimee Bender is the author of The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (a NY Times Notable Book), An Invisible Sign of My Own (an L.A. Times pick of the year), Willful Creatures nominated by The Believer as one of the best books of the year, and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. Her short fiction has been published in Granta, GQ, Harper’s, Tin House, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, and many more places, as well as heard on PRI’s This American Life and Selected Shorts. She’s received two Pushcart prizes, and was nominated for the TipTree award in 2005, and the Shirley Jackson short story award in 2010. Her fiction has been translated into ten languages. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches creative writing at USC.

Ron Koertge teaches at Hamline University in their low-residency MFA program for Children’s Writing. His new book is Sex World, his first collection of short, short fiction. His recent books of poetry include Fever (Red Hen Press, 2007), Indigo (Red Hen Press, 2009), Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses (Candlewick Press, 2012), and The Ogre’s Wife (Red Hen Press, 2013). Koertge also writes fiction for teenagers, including many novels and novels-in-verse: The Brimstone Journals, Stoner & Spaz, Strays, Shakespeare Bats Cleanup, Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs, and Coaltown Jesus. All were honored by the American Library Association, and two received PEN awards. He is the recipient of grants from the NEA and the California Arts Council and has poems in two volumes of Best American Poetry. He lives in South Pasadena, California.

Boston Court Performing Arts Center
70 North Mentor Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106

General admission $10
PSA members, students & seniors $5

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ALOUD @ Central Library: Documenting Indigenous Stories Through Film: An Alternative Lens

ALOUD @ Central Library

Mark Taper Auditorium 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles CA, CA 90071

7:15pm to 9:00pm

(SEPT. 30) Lourdes Grobet and Julianna Brannum
In conversation with filmmaker Yolanda Cruz

Two filmmakers share and discuss excerpts from their new documentaries that illuminate indigenous stories rarely seen on film. Bering: Balance and Resistance, by Lourdes Grobet—one of Mexico’s most renowned photographers—lyrically reflects on an Inuit community’s search for new values while struggling to reconcile the past. In Indian 101, filmmaker Julianna Brannum focuses on lessons taught by her great aunt LaDonna Harris, the Comanche activist who helped negotiate the return of sacred ground to the Taos Pueblo Indians. Far apart geographically, these two communities are irrevocably linked as they navigate their contemporary history. Both films will screen in Los Angeles in their entirety as part of the first edition of Ambulante California's Documentary Film Festival.

FREE/ RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED

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CAN I KICK IT? Mystery Science Theater meets Biz Markie

9:00pm to 10:00pm

CAN I KICK IT? Mystery Science Theater meets Biz Markie

There is nothing better than kickin' it with friends, reminiscing and watching videos. CAN I KICK IT? invites fans of hip hop and people new to the genre to be part of a hilarious new take on an old school era: hip hop from the 70’s - early 90’s.

Al Jackson and a panel of comedians/entertainers/rappers give comedic commentary to some of our favorite videos in front of a LIVE audience.
Hosted by: Al Jackson (Comedy Central Presents, Legit, Last Comic Standing)
-Tone Bell (NBC's Bad Judge, Comedy Central, MTV, Whitney, Chelsea Lately, Late Late Show)
-Rob Christensen (Comedy Central; Adam DeVine's House Party, Live at Gotham; Laughing Skull Festival)
-VERY Special Surprise Guest (Award-winning: Producer, Director, Writer)
+DJ Josh Spoon before the show!

Created & Produced by: @AlJackson @Nat_in_LA @MarkAgee

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Wednesday, October 1

Come Party At The Monster Mash-Up With All Of Hollywood’s Psychopaths Under The Same Roof

The Hollywood Museum

1660 N. Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028

10:00am to 5:00pm

Ever wonder where Eric Northman sleeps when he’s not terrorizing the True Blood’s small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana? Or what Clarice Starling felt when she entered Hannibal Lecter’s chilling jail cell? Horror fans can find out when they visit The Hollywood Museum’s newest exhibition Monsters, Mummies and Mayhem: Your Worst Nightmares Come to Life. Horror’s favorite teenage heart-throb vampires, terrifying serial killers, spooky witches and mysterious ghouls will be showcased in this spine tingling Halloween-themed exhibition, which runs from October 1 to November 16.

Guests who bravely venture into The Hollywood Museum in full Halloween costume on October 24-26 (10am – 5pm) or on October 31 (10am – 5pm) will receive $5 off the regular admission price.

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Lowriting: The Photography of Arturo Meza

Los Angeles Central Library

630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

12:15pm to 1:15pm

Art Meza was born and raised in Los Angeles. His photography infuses elements of his daily surroundings—his love for classic car and Lowrider culture, and pride of his Chicano upbringing—to produce images with “Chicano Soul.” Art will share images from his book, Lowriting: Shots, Rides and Stories from the Chicano Soul. The book also includes essays and poetry by contributors including Luis J. Rodriguez, Luis Alberto Urrea, Lalo Alcaraz, Gustavo Arellano, and Alvaro Rodriguez.

This event will take place in Meeting Room A (near the Fifth St. entrance). Feel free to bring your lunch.

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Mediated City Los Angeles Educational Conference

Woodbury School of Architecture

7500 N. Glenoaks Boulevard, Burbank, 91504

5:01pm to 2:01pm

Woodbury University is pleased to host “Mediated City,” the second part of a two-stage conference organized in collaboration with Architecture_MPS that began in London earlier this year at Ravensbourne University. With the contrast provided between London and LA, we hope to spur innovative thinking about cities as key imaginary signifiers for our contemporary reality. Our point of departure is the celebration this year of the 50th anniversary of Marshall McLuhan’s book Understanding Media.

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