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Thursday, February 5

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium

630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA

7:15pm

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

Jill Leovy in conversation with Warren Olney

 Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America Jill Leovy in conversation with Warren Olney Ghettoside tells the kaleidoscopic story of one American murder—one young black man slaying another—and a driven crew of detectives whose creed is to pursue justice for forgotten victims at all costs. This fast-paced narrative of a devastating crime in South Los Angeles provides a new lens into the great subject of why murder happens in America—and how the plague of killings might yet be stopped. KCRW’s Warren Olney sits down with award-winning reporter Leovy to discuss this master work of literary journalism that is equal parts gripping detective story and provocative social critique.

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THE NEXT WAVE: Can Californias Water Ever Be Sustainable?

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

7:30pm

Co-presented with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability With a growing population, ongoing drought, and the increasing impact of climate change, California has no choice but to better manage its limited water resources. Weve seen the consequences of mismanagement through a degrading delta ecosystem, overdraft of groundwater basins statewide, and numerous farms without water allocations. Clearly we cannot continue in this vein. Mark Gold, acting director, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, moderates a panel with Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Felicia Marcus, chair, State Water Resources Control. THE NEXT WAVE: QUALITY, QUANTITY, AND ACCESSIBILITY OF WATER IN THE 21ST CENTURY Throughout 2015, the Hammer and the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability explore the most pressing issues surrounding the current and future state of water. Topics explored in this monthly series include Californias water supply, rising sea levels, hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the L.A. River, ocean acidification, plastic pollution, international water supply, and water rights.

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CHRISTOPHER NOXON discusses his novel PLUS ONE, together with JOEL STEIN

Skylight Books

1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

7:30pm

Join us tonight for a very special reading and discussion with Christopher Noxon and columnist for Time Magazine, Joel Stein, as well as a musical performance by Eliza Noxon.

Alex Sherman-Zicklin is a midlevel marketing executive in L.A. whose wife Figgy’s fourteenth TV pilot attempt becomes a huge Emmy-winning hit. Overnight, she’s sucked into a mad show-business vortex, and Alex quits his job to become the family’s domestic first responder. He falls in with a posse of plus ones, men who are married to women whose recognition, income, and fame far eclipse their own.

This wickedly honest comedy follows Alex as he struggles to regain his mojo while remaining a loving and responsible husband and father. Plus One is a hilarious story about modern family life and the fast-changing roles of parents and partners, told from the perspective of one wonderfully quirky family that hits the Hollywood jackpot.

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IT’S HARD BEING LOVED BY JERKS

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403

7:30pm

The recent terrorist attack on the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo did not come out of the blue. Focusing on a high-profile 2007 lawsuit by three French Muslim groups against the satirical magazine, this documentary exposes a rift between religious belief and free expression to which few cultures are immune. In French with English subtitles.

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The Nile Project

Carpenter Performing Arts Center

6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach, CA 90815

8:00pm

Experience this landmark collaboration among musicians from eleven nations that share the longest river in the world, uniting in a transformational performance with an orchestra of Ethiopian masenko and saxophone; Egyptian ney, oud, violin, simsimiya, and tanbura; Ugandan adungu; a powerful pan-Nile percussion section; and six vocalists singing in eleven different languages!

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BJ The Chicago Kid

Troubadour

West Hollywood, CA 90069

8:00pm

Born, raised, and nurtured on the South Side of Chicago in the early 80's, B.J's childhood was a fusion of elements from both the streets and the church. With parents who served as choir directors,and brother/singer Aaron Sledge alongside of him, his passion and gift for creating beautiful music seemed inevitable…

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