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Pencil This In: White Russians and Dostoyevsky Discussion, Santaland Diaries Opens

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Nicholas Brendon in The Blank Theatre Company Production of The Santaland Diariesby David Sedaris

Nicholas Brendon in The Blank Theatre Company Production of The Santaland Diariesby David Sedaris
A Noise Within is hosting White Russians and Discussions tonight following the 8 pm performance of a new adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. The Russian-themed reception features guest speaker Ed Bacon, Rector for All Saints Church in Pasadena, who will discuss the story of Lazarus, and the ways in which its tale of rebirth intersects with the central figure in the play. Tickets: $44.

Previews start tonight for David Sedaris’s The Santaland Diaries at The Blank Theatre Company. The one-man play is based on Sedaris’s experiences as an unemployed writer taking a job as an elf at Macy’s, where he oscillates between humiliation to bitterness. The Blank Theater brings a tale of “mass marketing, stressed out sales clerks, drunk Santas, screaming kids and the general insanity of the holidays is hilarious, witty, sardonic and unpredictable; mercilessly cutting through the Christmas spirit to point out what crazy things we do as human beings during the holidays.“ The play officially opens next week (Nov. 27) and runs through Dec. 20. We just learned that a lot of shows--including tonight’s--are already sold out, so get your tickets fast. $25.  

Hint Mint hosts an evening of drinking and drawing with Gary Baseman, who’ll introduce his new tinplate prints, made from his 2006 Limited Edition Artist Series tins. At tonight's "Drinking & Drawing" party--held at the Hint Mint pop-up house in Venice--guests will be given art supplies to sketch a life-sized cast of Baseman characters and live models. There’s an open bar provided by Blue Ice Vodka and Izze Soda. DJ Marcin Nadolny is projecting interactive video art in the yard, and the mint bar will be keeping you fresh all evening. The first 20 guests to arrive will receive a Hint Mint Limited Edition Artist Series tin. The event begins at 6 pm. Free admission, but RSVP (one per person) required. E-mail 

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Sacred Fools Theater Company presents Hamlet Shut Up tonight at 8 pm. Adapted & directed by Jonas Oppenheim, it’s being billed as Hamlet... “without all those pesky words.” What the dialogue-free adaptation lacks in words, it makes up for in slapstick, music, clowning, vaudeville and sharks. The play runs on Fridays and Saturdays and runs through Dec. 19. Tickets are $20.

Reggie Wilson and His Fist & Heel Performance Group premieres The Good Dancetonight and tomorrow at UCLA’s Royce Hall. “Created jointly with Congolese choreographer Andreya Ouamba, The Good Dance-dakar/brooklyn examines the metaphoric, historic, and real-world parallels between the Mississippi and Congo rivers and their respective cultures.” 8 pm. Tickets $24-$48. ($15 UCLA students).

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