Happening Tuesday: Terence Blanchard, Open Projector Night and more
Open Projector Night The Sklar Brothers host an evening of short films (less than 10 minutes each) by novice auteurs in a wide range of genres and formats. Per the museum, filmmakers should think “showdown” rather than “showcase.” Submissions accepted at 7 p.m.; screenings at 7:30 p.m. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Free. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu.
Terence Blanchard The jazz composer scored many of Spike Lee’s best films, but the hard bop artist first cut his teeth as a player with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. The trumpeter plays a rare show with his quintet. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd. (323) 466-2210. 8 and 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. $20-$30. www.catalinajazzclub.com.
Ralph Angel, Carol Muske-Dukes and Cecilia Woloch Three distinguished California poets will read from their work. Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free (reservations recommended). 7 p.m. (213) 228-7025. www.aloudla.org.
Christopher Rice Proving that literary talent can indeed be hereditary, Anne Rice’s son presents and signs his fifth novel, “The Moonlit Earth,” the tale of a young woman who must act to save her brother’s reputation and life after he is accused of being involved in a terrorist act. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110. www.booksoup.com.