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Pencil This In: Cirque du Soleil in Santa Monica, Coffin Joe Triple Feature

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Cirque du Soleil’s latest show Kooza camps out under the blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (big top) at the Santa Monica Pier through Nov. 29. Kooza tells the story of The Innocent, a sad loner searching of his place in the world. The show combines two circus traditions - acrobatic performance and the art of clowning.Tickets are $60-$135 depending on time and day of performance.


Tonight the Egyptian Theatre hosts a double feature of popular webisodes on the big screen tonight at 8 pm. Up first is The Guild Season 2. Felicia Day writes, stars, directs and produces this comedic multiplatform online series that pokes fun at MMORPG culture (e.g., World of Warcraft). Following up is Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, a web musical of a superhero, a villain and a girl, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day. Discussion in between with Felicia Day and Joss Whedon (schedule permitting). A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door, first come, first served for those waiting in line. $10 tickets, $8 students/seniors, $7 Cinematheque members.


We reviewed and enjoyed a shortened version of Sally Spectre The Musical: A Children’s Horror Story for Adults last year, and now we’ll see how the full-length production holds up. The story of a little girl caught in a nightmare, and the unlikely guides that help her through it. The production premieres tonight at 8 pm at Theatre West and runs until Nov. 29. Tickets for tonight’s show are $35 (includes reception). Some imagery might not be suitable for young children.


José Mojica Marins is a Brazilian filmmaker, director/actor, screenwriter, television and media personality who may be better known by his alter ego Coffin Joe. He spent his childhood living in a movie theatre, and -- with almost no education or financial support -- began making awesome and outrageous horror movies on a small budget. There’s a triple feature tonight of Coffin Joe films tonight at the Silent Movie Theater: Damned: The Strange World of José Mojica Marins (2001), The Strange World of Coffin Joe (1968) and Strange Hostel of Naked Pleasures (1975).