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Pencil This In: The Wooster Group, Hiking Under the Stars, Old Book Fair & TV Shows Live Onstage for Haiti

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The Wooster Group's North Atlantic stars (l to r) Ari Fliakos, Frances McDormand, Zachary Oberzan | Photo: Paula Court

The Wooster Group's North Atlantic stars (l to r) Ari Fliakos, Frances McDormand, Zachary Oberzan | Photo: Paula Court
Captured Aural Phantasy Theater presents its Phantastic Valentine’s Day Love Spectacular! in the historic Alexandria Hotel tonight and tomorrow night at 8 pm. It’s an evening of art, music and live performances built around radio show-style readings of old comic book stories. Tickets $10.

The Wooster Group, a renowned NYC-based experimental theater group, brings North Atlantic to REDCAT's stage tonight at 8:30 pm. The play examines cultural and sexual dynamics among members of an international peacekeeping team on board an aircraft carrier during the late Cold War era. Frances McDormand and Maura Tierney join the ensemble for this production. The play runs through Feb. 21. Tickets: $55, $45 for students and $35 for CalArts students, faculty and staff.

Go hiking tonight at 6:30 pm with Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy resident astronomer for Stories in the Stars in the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve. Learn a few stories from the night sky. This is a moderate ½-mile hike, and the entire event should last about two hours. Meet at the Victory Blvd. entrance trailhead. Free, but parking is $3.

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OLD BOOKSThe 43rd California International Antiquarian Book Fair starts today at 4 pm at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.The three-day fair is nirvana for book lovers, collectors and scholars who’ll have the opportunity to check out and possibly buy rare books, manuscripts, autographs, fine graphics, prints, maps, etc. There are numerous lectures and a special exhibit on how a book makes it to the big screen. Admission: $15 on Friday (for all three days) and $10 on Saturday or Sunday.   $5 off admission for students with valid ID.

The one-man show Digging Up Dad, written and performed by Cris D’Annunzio, opens tonight at the Ruskin Group Theatre at 8 pm. D’Annunzio “investigates the past but steps forward with LOL revelations, and suspenseful twists in places least expected. The mysterious circumstances surrounding his father’s death seem to indicate Mob involvement…” There’s a reception following the performance. It runs through March 20.

Tonight at 7:30 pm,'s original series, The Bannen Way screens at the Egyptian. The evening also includes a sneak preview of its upcoming original sci-fi web series Trenches. There’s a Q&A with talent from The Bannen Way: Michael Ironside, Michael Lerner, Jesse Warren and Mark Gantt., from Sony Pictures Entertainment's online video network, distributes digital content including full-length traditional programming along with original short form series.

Two TV shows have teamed up for Haiti releif. The cast and creators of both It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and Family Guy take over the Gibson Amphitheatre tonight for a live event with special guests Sarah Silverman and Jeff Ross. The Philadelphia cast (Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Artemis Pebdani and Danny DeVito) will perform the show’s signature musical moment--The Nightman Cometh--live on stage. Seth MacFarlane will lead a “bawdy live interpretation of “Family Guy’s” equally unique songbook.” All proceeds will go to Partners In Health’s Stand With Haiti initiative. Tickets $29.50-$89.50.

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