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Pencil This In: Tiny Vaudeville @ the Echoplex, NewFilmmakers LA Screenings

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NewFilmmakers LA screens “Youth Knows No Pain + 5 Short Films” tonight at 6:30 pm at Sunset Gower Studios. At 7 pm, there’s a screening of Mitch McCabe’s documentary Youth Knows No Pain, followed at 8:45 pm by the short films: Old Dogs (Dir. Jonathan Fahn) Propel (Dir. Jay Gammill) The Dying Western (Dir. Michael Kortlander) A Kolor to Kill for (Dir. Tim Hall). Guest will have the opportunity to mingle with the directors and participate in an audience Q&A session. Tickets are a bargain at $6 which includes screening ticket and free open bar and appetizers all evening.

Theatre West continues its new play reading series tonight at 8 pm featuring plays written by the company’s playwrights and performed by the company’s actors. On stage tonight is P.G. Sturges’ “Two Gentlemen of Manhattan.” Two life-long friends take to a life of crime and end up creating Shakespeare’s “lost play,” which of course they are planning to sell. Unfortunately, the lost play, “The White Bird,” is actually produced. Admission is free and no reservations are necessary.

826LA's Tiny Vaudeville returns to the Echoplex tonight at 8 pm for an evening of comedy, magic, music and the requisite surprises. It's hosted by Joel Spence and features magic by Derek Hughes, music from Sean Watkins and house-band Dan Bern with Common Rotation. The show’s produced by comedy duo Acker & Blacker. Special surprise guests are a given. Tickets are $15 cash only at the door.

Tonight ALOUD at the Central Library presents author-reporter Jane Mayer in “The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals.” She'll be in conversation with Jon Wiener, professor of history, U.C. Irvine, and will discuss "how decisions made behind closed doors in Washington spiraled out around the world, often with unintended consequences."

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