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Pencil This In's Not-Much-Halloween Edition: America I AM Opens, Johnny Cash 'Tribute Cooking Show' On Stage

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'Nosferatu' with a twist at the Downtown Independent tonight.

'Nosferatu' with a twist at the Downtown Independent tonight.
Culture Clash--the Latino performance troupe that hilariously rips the U.S. melting pot--takes to the Royce Hall stage at UCLA tonight. For their 25th anniversary special, the Culture Clash boys are back in their hometown for a raucous party with an all-star guest list: Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine; the band Ollin; comedian Carlos Mencia; actors Edward James Olmos, Tony Plana and Lupe Ontiveros; and other special guests. They’ll preview their next project: "Palestine, New Mexico" and reprise hits from "Chavez Ravine." Tickets: $32-$60 ($15 UCLA Students) 

Tavis Smiley’s America I AM: The African American Imprint is a presentation of nearly 500 years of contributions from the African American community that opens today at the California Science Center. The exhibit houses rare artifacts, photos, documents and objects that chronicle and celebrate the trials and the triumphs that have shaped the black experience in America. Artifacts featured include run the gamut from “The Door of No Return” from the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, which enslaved Africans passed through to board ships to the “New World” to the robe that Muhammad Ali wore during training for the “Rumble in the Jungle,” where he defeated world heavyweight champion George Foreman.

The Summer Fun Time Society (SFTS) presents Noise-feratu at the Downtown Independent Theater. The classic German silent film Nosferatu will be screened with new live soundtrack by noise artists and a sound installations by *SADIE. There will be beer specials and Kogi BBQ. Jung Hollywod DJ'in on the roof with live VJ projections. Come dressed up. $10 ($5 for STFS members).

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There’s a sing-a-long of Halloween songs at the the Music Center Plaza with live band accompaniment. Kooky, weird and scary songs are on the program and lyric sheets provided. Costumes welcomed, and bring sweet treats to eat. Admission is free, but donations are welcome (of course). Tickets are required and distributed beginning at 6pm, while supplies last.  One ticket per person to those waiting in line. Seating capacity is limited. 

All Cake, No File is a Johnny Cash prison tribute cooking show-concert that opens at The Actors’ Gang tonight at 9 pm. The show features Actors' Gang company member Donna Jo Thorndale's right-wing alter ego “Jewell Rae Jeffers”--a celebrity chef, home economist, and the host of a live cooking show. She’s cooking live for "guests" of the California state prison system, where she performs her Johnny Cash Tribute Show with the tribute band Bible and a Gun. The show starts at 9 pm.


The Audrey Hepburn retrospective at LACMA continues tonight with a double feature of Sabrina (7:30 pm) and Love in the Afternoon (9:35 pm). Roman Holiday has Hepburn as Sabrina, the daughter of a chauffeur on a Long Island estate who has been transformed from an ugly duckling into an elegant swan after two years in Paris, and catches the eye of the two brothers who employ her father. The second feature is tells the story of Ariane, a young cello student in Paris, who pretends to be a woman of means to catch an American playboy. The playboy hires a detective--Ariane’s father--to find out more about the mysterious girl. And complications arise.

Memoirs, a play written and directed by Paul Benjamin premieres tonighat at Stage 52 with an opening gala at 8 pm. Julian is a combat veteran who has returned home with a heroin addiction he acquired while serving in the armed forces. His girlfriend leaves him when he asks her to commit repugnant acts to support his habit. Julian, desperate to save his own life and win back the his girlfriend, needs to kick his habit. He has only one person to turn to for help: his supplier, Tutu. The play runs through Nov. 22. Tickets are $25.

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