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Events happening Monday

January 31, 2011

BOOKS

Alice Hoffman The novelist visits the Writers Bloc series to discuss her new book, "The Red Garden," which follows linked stories over 300 years in a mysterious New England town. Gail Eichenthal of KUSC will moderate. Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. 7:30 p.m. $20. http://www.writersblocpresents.com

MOVIES

Machine Project's First Film The nonprofit Echo Park collective presents the premiere of its first feature film, shot over one 12-hour session and featuring a dozen performances, lectures, workshops and activities including an experimental women's choir, a drum solo and Paleolithic fire technology. MOCA, 250 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Free. http://www.moca.org.

"And the Award Goes to … Documentaries Race for the Gold" The International Documentary Assn. hosts a panel on the nonfiction filmmaking craft with guests including Lynne Littman, David Magdael, Steve Pond, Kay Schaber Wolf and AJ Schnack. Questions asked include: Is it worth it? Who is watching? How do I win in this awards climate? Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. $20. cinefamily.org.

COMEDY

The Black Version An all-black cast of improv comics reimagines cinema staples at this uproarious, boundary-breaking night of comedy. It's both a droll comment on the difficulty of being an African American actor and a devious alternate history of cinema. The Groundlings, 7307 Melrose Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. $15. groundlings.com.

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