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Pencil This In: Women in the West at the Autry, Casual Classical Music, Hiking Under Saturn's Rings

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The Collaborative Artists Ensemble presents Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drivebeginning tonight through May 9 at the Raven Playhouse in North Hollywood. It focuses on the story of Li’l Bit and her complex emotional and sexual relationship with her uncle. While tickets are normally $20, tonight’s 8 pm performance is pay-what-you-can because it’s the day after tax day.

The Autry Museum in Griffith Park presents Home Lands: How Women Made the West.The exhibit brings together “women's history, Western history, and environmental history to show how women have been at the heart of the Western enterprise across cultures and over time.” The exhibit runs through Aug. 22. Adult admission $9.

There’s a hike in the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve in Calabasas with a special presentation Saturn: Lord of the Rings Returns. A volunteer naturalist offers hikers an evening of star gazing with the added bonus of a great view of Saturn and its rings. This a moderate ½-mile hike. 7:30 pm. Program is free, parking is $3.

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The Sacred Fools Theater presents I Made Out With Him Anyway. Evie Peck and Kirstin Eggers have developed a “multimedia cabaret-style extravaganza” that features stories, scenes and songs about their search for a good man. Their dating stories include favorites: "Online Dating Pick-Up Tutorial," "Dr. Drew Said He Was A Sex Addict" and, of course, "I F--ked A Rabbi." Two shows only: Tonight and April 23 at 11 pm. Tickets $10.

The Sandbox is a monthly audio program featuring new music, poetry, and prose, combined with conversation on the ideas that shape our world. Tonight, the show will be recorded in front of a live audience at Biola University's Mayers Auditorium and features music by the Coalburn trio; poetry by Aaron Belz (author of The Bird Hoverer and Lovely, Raspberry); prose by Michel Busk (Gettysburg Review, Fiction International, Florida Review); and a conversation with various contributors on celebrity social activism--and whether it's any good. Reception at 8 pm and program begins at 8:30 pm. Free of charge.

For its Casual Fridays series, the LA Phil welcomes Macedonian pianist Simon Trp�?eski. On the program: Brahmns Symphony No. 4 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1. There's a TalkBack discussion with the conductor, musicians and guest artists on stage after this performance. Tickets $42-160. 8 pm at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The Cinefamily continues its Rise of Frank Capra series tonight. There’s an 8 pm screening of The Bitter Tea of General Yen, a film that featured an onscreen interracial romance--a big deal for 1933. That’s followed by The Miracle Woman--a satire of “religion as showbiz”--with a young Barbara Stanwyck at 9:45 pm. Tickets $10.

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