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Pencil This In: 'Everything But the Kitsch 'N Sync' Opens at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Dead Author Readings for 826LA, 'The Birthday Boys' at NoHo Stages and Night Hiking

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At La Luz de Jesus Gallery: Max Grundy's 'Traumatophobiat' is part of the Everything but the Kitsch 'N Sync show. Opens tonight.

At La Luz de Jesus Gallery: Max Grundy's 'Traumatophobiat' is part of the Everything but the Kitsch 'N Sync show. Opens tonight.

Theatre Unleashed opens its new season with The Birthday Boys, a 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival winner. Set in 2006 in Iraq, the play is a dark comedy that follows three marines who have been taken hostage and do whatever they need to keep alive. The three hostage actors spend most of the play bound and blindfolded onstage. It opens tonight, and runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm at NoHo Stages. Tickets: $15. Free for past and present members of the military with proper ID. $1 of every ticket sold to this production will be donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.ART*
La Luz De Jesus Gallery presents its 14th annual juried group exhibition, Everything But the Kitsch 'N Sync. More than 8,000 commercial illustrators, graphic designers, tattooists, scenic designers, students, animators and working gallery artists submitted their work for consideration, and curators narrowed the list down to 123 artists showcasing more than 225 pieces. Opening reception tonight at 8 pm.

This is not Another Echo Park Indie Show kinda sounds like its title. It's an evening of music and art with Echo Park locals Proland with guests Raheem Cohem and Poshlust. Rickey Mizuno Photography will be hosting an art exhibit featuring: Bobby Flowers, Jordan Harris, Fungus, John Park and Max Schmige. Free. Doors at 7 pm. Held at the Chapel on Glendale Boulevard in front of pehrspace.

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Take the Trail to the Stars hike with a guide tonight at the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve at 6:30 pm. It's a journey filled with stars and other celestial neighbors. Meet at the Victory Trailhead (West Hills). Expect a moderate 1/2 mile hike, with the entire program lasting about two hours. $3 parking fee, and rain cancels the program. Leave Fido at home, too.

Deceased literary figures come back from the afterlife to give the youth literacy organization 826LA a hand. There’s a Dead Author Reading at Upright Citizen's Brigade with Moderator, H. G. Wells (played by Paul F. Tompkins) and poet Emily Dickinson (played by Andy Richter) tonight at 6:30 pm. The authors will discuss their lives and works and the audience gets to ask them questions. As you may expect, Richter as Emily Dickinson is a big draw, so advance tickets are sold out. There may be a few tickets available standby at the door. $5, all proceeds to benefit 826LA.

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