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Pencil This In: Hamlet on Trial at USC, Machine Project Film Premiere at MOCA and Alice Hoffman at Writers Bloc

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Mr Toast pop-up shop at Royal/T.

Mr Toast pop-up shop at Royal/T.
Beginning today, the animated character Mr Toast and his foodie friends invade Royal/T in Culver City for the next month. Mr Toast paintings, plush toys, pins, and books, will be for sale and there’s a surprise artwork installation by Mr Toast creator and Los Angeles native, Dan Goodsell. The opening party will be held on Wednesday from 6-8 pm with Mr Toast on hand to greet his fans. 
The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (SCLA) will put Hamlet, the Crown Prince of Denmark, on trial tonight at 7:30 pm at USC’s Bovard Auditorium. The court—presided by US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy—will determine Hamlet’s competency to stand trail for the murder of Polonius. The jurors will include Helen Hunt and Tom Irwin, who recently appeared in SCLA’s production of Much Ado About Nothing. Arguments will be offered by Beverly Hills Bar Association members Richard G. Hirsch and Blair Berk for the defense and Danette Meyers and Nathan J. Hochman, Los Angeles County Bar Association members for the prosecution. Tickets: $30, $50 and $100.

As part of the closing of The Artist’s Museum exhibition, MOCA hosts the world premiere tonight of Machine Project’s first film. The art collective filmed performances, workshops, lectures and other activities on a single day. “The day-long event included an experimental women's choir, a drum solo spilling out the second story window, a parent-child car theft workshop, a talk revealing secrets of Los Angeles's occult netherworlds, and a demonstration of paleolithic fire-starting technology.” 8 pm. MOCA Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Auditorium. Free, but reservations are required (and scarce).

Tonight at 7:30 pm, Writers Bloc welcomes author Alice Hoffman (Practical Magic, Here on Earth) to discuss her new novel The Red Garden. She’ll be in conversation with Gail Eichenthal, host of KUSC's program, Arts Alive. At the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Tickets: $20.

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