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Pencil This In: A Cole Porter Musical, A Partch Microtonal Ensemble

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THEATRE
Tonight’s the opening night for Cole Porter’s Red, Hot and Blue! at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. This Depression era screwball comedy deals with a National Lottery offering a first prize to anyone who finds a long-lost love with a rare identification mark. Included are the Cole Porter classics "It's De-Lovely," "Down in the Depths (On the 90th Floor)," "Ridin' High" and "Red, Hot and Blue!" The show begins at 8 pm tonight and runs through July 5.

PERFORMANCE
Partch, the critically acclaimed microtonal ensemble, returns to REDCAT tonight and tomorrow with “Partch DARK/Partch light,” described as “a multimedia survey of the one-of-a-kind American composer and raconteur, Harry Partch. Highlighting the maverick's multihued, many-splendored musical personalities--from contemplative to whimsical, from darkly brooding to achingly hilarious...” The show begins tonight at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $25, with student discounts available.

ARCHITECTURE
There’s an opening reception for Eric Owen Moss Architects’ exhibition “;If Not Now, When?” tonight at SCI-Arc Gallery tonight from 7-9 pm. The exhibit is about grids. We think. “[It] questions the continued reliance on the grid as an organizing idea, beginning with the concrete grid that supports the gallery space, and, including, by implication, the grid pro forma that so often informs the contemporary city planning and architecture discourse.”

THEATRE
The play Mercury Fur opens tonight at the Imagined Life Theater at 8 pm. It’s being described as A Clockwork Orange for the post-911 era. The play follows a group of desperate boys who fight to survive in a ravaged, dystopian London. “Two brothers, Elliot and Darren, prepare a party for a disturbed but wealthy fetishist. As the hour of the party draws near, the brutality increases and events spin out of control.” The performance tonight begins at 8 pm and runs through June 28. Tickets are $20 General Admission, $17 for students and seniors.