Tips for Today: Jimmy Kimmel in NYC + Vivian Girls in L.A. + Robbie Fulks in Chicago + Quentin Blake in London

New York

Learn the tricks of the trade from one of the biggest comedian juggernauts tonight, Jimmy Kimmel, as he chats with New York Times reporter Bill Carter, about his life at Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 92Y. On another note, can you believe it's already been nine years since the upcoming Emmy host started his talk show? [NY Mag]

It's the last night of Words by the Water, the four week series by WORD that places up-and-coming authors along the East River for readings. Tonight's event will feature three writers from Electric Literature's Recommended Reading: Katie Bellas (an MFA graduate from Brooklyn College), Marie-Helene Bertino (who received a Pushcart Prize in 2007) and Fiona Maazel (author of Late Last Chance and the upcoming Wake Up Lonely). Head over to the East River State Park to check it out. [Word]

Los Angeles

Vivian Girls are coming together for a free show tonight at The Smell to benefit Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk band whose members are currently imprisoned after staging a guerrilla-style show in a church criticizing Putin. Other bands participating are Kremlin Head, Pangea and Haim. [Oh My Rockness]

Comedian Doug Benson (Super High Me, Best Week Ever) and his friends take on M. Night Shyamalan tonight at Cinefamily when they provide running commentary to a live screening of the director's 2004 thriller The Village. [zing]


Head over to the Hideout to catch country artist Robbie Fulks, who happens to be making music very different from the kind you catch at the Country Music Awards.  With songs like "Fuck This Town," his style reflects someone whose sensibility hovers between that of a country traditionalist and free-thinking iconoclast.  [Chicago Reader]

Forgo the typical Monday night TV watching or Happy Hour in favor of learning trapeze from the Chicago Trapeze School at Belmont Harbor. They'll be teaching people at 9:30 and 11:45 a.m. and 8:15 p.m. [Chicago Reader]


Reconnect with your childhood during a conservation between famed children's illustrators and writers Quentin Blake (who illustrated many of Roald Dahl's beloved stories) and Shaun Tan, who won the Academy Award for the film adaptation of his book, The Lost Thing.  They'll be chatting tonight at St Albans Centre. [Time Out]

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