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Pencil This In: Rants and Raves at Rogue Machine, Garcetti's Holiday Party Tonight

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The Unusual Suspects presents Life. Love. Lies!
an interactive play that’s geared toward sparking community discussion tonight at 7 pm at Pacoima Charter Elementary (and on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at noon at San Fernando High School). The play follows Vanessa and Christina, two teenage girls whose are off kilter because of the people who are supposed to be looking out for them. Issues focus on teen pregnancy, domestic abuse, gang culture, language barriers and social isolation. It’s performed as an unfinished work and Pacoima parents turn to the audience and community to resolve the challenges facing Vanessa and Christina. All shows are presented in Spanish and English. For information about attending either show please call 213-488-8488, x201 or e-mail

Rogue Machine gives a group of local writers a topic, and then a time limit to talk about it in its Rants & Raves event tonight at 8 pm. This month’s topic is Tradition, and the rants and raves begin at 8 pm. Scheduled for the stage tonight are Johanna Hyman, Gary Gilbert, Amanda Mauer Penny Orloff, Joyce Gittlen, David DiBrienza, Stephanie Kerley-Schwartz, and Lou Fantasia. Tickets are $15. (Bring a past due bill notice, and get $5 off the ticket.) Reserve your spot at and then pay at the door.

LA City Council President Eric Garcetti is holding his annual Community Holiday Party tonight from 6-8 pm at the new Silver Lake Branch Library (2411 Glendale Blvd.,). Kids of all ages are welcome, and kids from 826LA Echo Park will be reading works from their journalism and creative writing workshops. RSVP to 323.957.4500.