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Pencil This In: Alan Cumming's One-Man Show, Building the Love House

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MarchFourth Marching Band plays at The Edison tonight. / Photo Credit: Sarah Henderson

MarchFourth Marching Band plays at The Edison tonight. / Photo Credit: Sarah Henderson
The Tony Award-winning performer Alan Cumming starts an eight-night stint of his one-man cabaret show tonight at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse. The show mixes witty banter, hilarious stories and show-stopping songs. Tickets are $55-$65, but a limited number of $30 tickets are available for tonight and tomorrow's show using ACE30. Curtain at 8 pm.

The Santa Monica Museum of Art presents Building the Love House: Using Art for Social Change in Watts tonight at 7 pm. Artist Alexandra Grant and designer Mike Niemann discuss their collaboration on the Love House with Edgar Arceneaux, Director of Watts House Project (WHP). “Grant conceived of the Love House - placing a sculpture of the word "love" on the roof of the Cerant family's home on 107th Street - as a lightning rod to draw attention and resources to the community across from Watts Towers in South Los Angeles.” Admission is free, but RSVPs are required. Seating is at a first-come, first-seated basis.RSVP required.

The MarchFourth Marching Band (“M4”) is a “quirky, funky instant party of a group whose twenty-five odd members make, sew, build, drive, design, choreograph, compose, and mix everything themselves.” This DIY spirit is found in their latest album, Rise Up, which will be released next month. Tonight at 10 pm, M4 plays at The Edison.

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Zócalo presents their latest public program Can Less Punishment Reduce Crime? tonight at 7:30 pm at The California Endowment. UCLA Public Policy professor Mark Kleiman, author of When Brute Force Fails, will offer a new strategy for cutting crime, reducing the prison population while still enacting swift, certain and fair punishment. The event is free and open to the public. A free hosted wine reception will follow the program. RSVPs recommended.

REDCAT presents the projection performances of Bruce McClure tonight at 8:30 pm. In Locative Enigma--Frameshape of Hard Mettles--A Personal Problem, the avant-garde artist “plays” the instruments related to film--lights, the projector and other mechanical objects. Tickets are $9 [students $7, CalArts community $5].

Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Norman Ollestad to discuss and sign his memoir, Crazy For the Storm, tonight at 7 pm. Ollestad had an intense and charismatic adventurer father. They were flying to a ski championship ceremony in February 1979 when a chartered Cessna carrying Norman, his father, his father's girlfriend, and the pilot crashed into the San Gabriel Mountains and was suspended at 8,200 feet, engulfed in a blizzard. His father died in the crash and the then 11-year-old had to descend the mountain alone.

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