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Pencil This In: Poetry at the Beach House, Web Panel and The Blue Lagoon Musical

'Men of a Certain Age' is front and center at the Paley Center tonight. (Photo: TNT)
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Tonight at 7:30 pm, the American Cinematheque's seminar series will present its second annual panel discussion on Everything You Need To Know About Producing Web Entertainment. The 2.5-hour session at the Egyptian Theatre will include a moderated discussion with our panel and a Q&A with the audience. Confirmed panelists include: Illeana Douglas, series creator/writer/actor Easy to Assemble; Peter Hyoguchi, CEO of Strike.TV; Sandeep Parikh, series creator/writer/director, The Legend of Neil and actor in The Guild; Joe Wilson, series creator/writer/director of Vampire Mob; Anna Wenger, head of physical production of Funny or Die; Daniels Williams, series creator/ writer/producer of Asylum; and Thomas Ethan Harris, producer of the American Cinematheque Film Seminar Series. Kimberley Browning, executive director of Hollywood Shorts will moderate the panel. Tickets: $20 general, $15 student/senior and $12 Cinematheque member.

The Paley Center hosts An Evening with Men of A Certain Age tonight at 7 pm. The show’s stars Ray Romano (Joe Tranelli) and Scott Bakula (Terry Elliott) and Executive Producer Mike Royce will be on hand to discuss how they deal with a sensitive subject: love, life and friendship of the middle-aged American man. There will be a preview screening of an episode followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Follow the live tweets @PaleyCenter on Twitter and use #moaca #PaleyLiveLA ask questions. Tickets: $20, members: $15.

We love the Hollywood Fringe theater festival because you never know what quite to expect. We recently got a press release for The Blue Lagoon: A Musical, which makes its LA debut at Theatre Asylum tonight (with five additional performances through June 26.) The book, music and lyrics are by Jonathan Padget with songs like “Dick, Are We Doomed to Die in This Dinghy?” and “(Even Though We’re Related) My Heart Palpitates When I See You.” Tonight at 8:30 pm. Check the site for additional times. Tickets: $12. Ages 18+.

Red Hen Press teams up with the Annenberg Beach House to present an evening of poetry tonight from 6:30-8 pm as part of the Beach Culture series. Featured poets reading their work tonight are Steve Kistulentz, Rita Mae Reese and Roger Mitchell. The evening—the first in a series of summer readings—is being billed as a celebration of “poetry by the sea.” The event is free, but reservations are required.

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Our pick for the LA Film Festival screenings tonight? Das Boot: The Director's Cut with a Q&A with director Wolfgang Petersen and cast member Jürgen Prochnow. The dark war film celebrates its 30th anniversary and this special screening shows the remastered director’s cut, in advance of its release on Blu-Ray. 7:20 pm. Tickets: $13. Rush line only.

*Pencil pick of the day

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