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Pencil This In: Dance Inspired by 'Mad Men,' Cocktails Inspired by 'Black Swan,' LA Women's Theater Festival

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Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre performs site-specific dance at SPF Gallery tonight. | Image: Duckler Dance Theatre

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre performs site-specific dance at SPF Gallery tonight. | Image: Duckler Dance Theatre
Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre presents A Trace of Lipstick: A Performance Lab tonight from 4-6 pm at SPF:a Gallery in Culver City. Inspired by the TV series Mad Men, the work examines shifting relationships among couples while being performed among the existing furniture of the gallery. 1960s attire encouraged. 4 pm artist talk, 5 pm performance and 5:30 pm reception. Tickets: $10.

To celebrate the upcoming release of Black Swan on DVD on Tuesday, the Grove celebrates by setting up a music box with live ballerinas dancing to the soundtrack today and tomorrow. Morels French Bistro has also created “Black Swan” (Chambord, Four Roses Bourbon, Kaluaha) and “White Swan” cocktails (Frangelico, House Made Vanilla Rum Half and Half Shaken not Stirred) for $12.

Rogue Machine’s Off-the-Clock presents Small Engine Repair by John Pollono. Directed by Andrew Block, the darkly comic drama follows three working-class friends Manchester, New Hampshire, who get together for an evening of drinking, fighting and reminiscing. Fridays & Saturdays at 10:30pm, Sundays at 7 pm, Mondays at 8 pm. Through April 30.

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The 18th edition of the LA Women's Theater Festival takes place at The Actor's Gang this weekend. Tonight, there's a presentation of three short works united under the theme of Defining Moments, including Stacie Chaiken in The Dig: Death, Genesis and the Double Helix, Erin Parks in Bonnie in Brighton. Taffy Wallace in Next Exit: Beautiful Life.

*Pencil pick of the day

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