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Pencil This In: Salons on the Royal Court Theatre and Bananas

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Rogue Machine hosts a salon on the Royal Court Theatre, Britain’s leading national company dedicated to new work by innovative writers from around the world for the past 50 years. Panelists include playwrights Phyllis Nagy, Ron Hutchinson and British actress Katherine Tozer, and it will be moderated by Steven Leigh Morris, critic at large at the LA Weekly. The salon begins at 8 pm and the event is free. RSVP here.

Speaking of salons, the LACE Salon Series with Fallen Fruit continues tonight with Dan Koeppel, author of the best-selling book Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World. He’ll discuss the controversial and often sinister history of the fruit and will talk about how the fruit has shaped the politics of Central and South America. The free event is being held in conjunction with Fallen Fruit’s United Fruit installation/exhibit currently on view at LACE.

Mary Beard, professor of classics, University of Cambridge, presents the lecture Pompeii—Lost and Found? to explore the facts that “underlie the modern image of Pompeii—from the one-way street system to bad breath and intestinal parasites.” The free lecture starts at 7 pm at LACMA’s Bing Theater.

In conjunction with the launch of Penny-Ante's third volume Three, Stories Books and Cafe will host night of readings and music. There will be a performance by writer, photographer, documentarian and innovative noise artist Sharon Cheslow and readings from Penny-Ante Three contributors Mick Farren, Larry Fondations and Drew Tewksbury.

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Tonight Skylight Books hosts Paul Krassner, author of Who's to Say What's Obscene?: Politics, Culture, and Comedy in America Today (City Lights Books). "He’s the only person to win awards from both Playboy (for satire) and the Feminist Party Media Workshop (for journalism), to be inducted into the Counterculture Hall of Fame at the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, to receive an ACLU Uppie (Upton Sinclair) Award for dedication to freedom of expression, and to be described by the FBI as 'a raving, unconfined nut.'"

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