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Pencil This In: Staged Reading of 'High Ceilings' and Bruce Connor Tribute @ REDCAT

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Today's the last day to apply to become part of the Music Center's Public Practice 2009. / Photo by Renee Rendler-Kaplan via LAist's flickr pool.

Today's the last day to apply to become part of the Music Center's Public Practice 2009. / Photo by Renee Rendler-Kaplanvia LAist's flickr pool.
There’s a staged reading of the new comedy High Ceilings at 8 pm tonight at The Hayworth Theatre. The play stars Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me); Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years); Karen Black (Academy Award nominee for Five Easy Pieces) and features Lisa Arturo, Patrick Breen, Jillian Crane, Kevin Kilner, Hamish Linklater, Frank Magna and Charles Shaughnessy. On the eve of her wedding, Lily returns to her home to her childhood home and her dysfunctional family. She’s also falling for the cute wedding florist…There’s a wine and cheese reception with the cast after the show. Tickets are $15.

REDCAT tonight presents “Bruce Conner's Explosive Cinema: A Tribute, Part 2.” Conner (1933-2008) was the “influential maestro of found footage” and was often credited with starting MTV-style editing. Tonight’s program includes "A Movie" (1958, 12 min.), "Marilyn Times Five" (1973, 14 min.), "Permian Strata" (1969, 4 min.), "Mea Culpa" (1981, 4 min.), "Looking for Mushrooms" (1967, 3 min.), "Looking for Mushrooms" (1996 version, 15 min.), "Report" (1967, 13 min.), "Television Assassination" (1995, 14 min.), "Take the 5:10 to Dreamland" (1977, 5 min.), "Valse Triste" (1977, 5 min.) and "Easter Morning" (2008, 10 min., DV). In person: Dennis Hopper, longtime Conner friend and co-conspirator, and guest of honor Jean Conner. Tickets are $5-$9 and the program begins at 8:30 pm.

LACMA welcomes Jane Pavitt, principal research fellow, Victoria & Albert Museum, who’ll be lecturing on “Curating the Cold War: Cold War Modern at the V&A” tonight at 7 pm in Brown Auditorium. Tickets are $20, $15 for LACMA members and free for Decorative Arts and Design Council members and students with ID.

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Are you a nonprofessional musician? Do you have this secret desire to play your music in public? Well it’s not too late to apply for the Music Center’s “Public Practice 2009” program that takes place throughout the month of April. “An Active Arts program, Public Practice is for recreational musicians to display the process of practice in public spaces while immersed in warm-ups, scales, made-up melodies, unfamiliar notes, starts and stops, or music that might be off-note and off-key. Mistakes and improvisation allowed!” Deadline for application is today. There’s no audition; selection is based on a best fit with the program’s goals.

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