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Arts and Entertainment

Pencil This In: Gay Marriage Plays, Rickie Lee Jones and West Coast Swing

The show 'Playing Field' is at Carmichael Gallery through July 9. (Photo: Courtesy of Carmichael Gallery)
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It's a Monday, but don't let that stop you from going out tonight. Rickie Lee Jones makes a special appearance at Bardot tonight. Because of the NY state vote on Friday that allows gay marriages, the last performance of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays will be even more meaningful. Read on to see what else is happening around town.

Tonight’s the final performance of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays at the L.A. Gay & Lebian Center's Renberg Theatre. The evening of short plays by such notables including Jordan Harrison, Jeffrey Hatcher, Moiss Kaufman, Joe Keenan, Neil LaBute, Wendy McLeod, Jos Rivera, Paul Rudnick and Doug Wright take on the red-hot subject of marriage equality (even more so after the NY vote on Friday night). Tonight’s performers include Jane Kaczmarek, Mark Moses, Cheri Oteri, James Patrick Stuart and others. Audience members are invited to a wedding reception following the performance. A portion of all proceeds goes to support the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Centers Vote for Equality program. 8 pm. Tickets: $35-$50.

Rickie Lee Jones is tonight’s special guest for It’s a School Night at Bardot in Hollywood. She’ll give a special performance and hold a release party to celebrate her new concert film, 'Live from Stockholm.' The DVD exclusive preview is slated for 9:45 and she’ll take the stage approximately at 10. Other live sets by Hazel at 10:45 and KING at 11:30 pm. Special DJ set by Nomi at midnight. KCRW’s Chris Douridas spins at 9 pm. Free with RSVP. Set times subject to change.

In a one-night only benefit reading, Martin Sheen stars in Bill W. and Dr. Bob by Samuel Shem and Janet Surrey. Sharing the stage are Ed Begley Jr., JoBeth Williams and Stephanie Zimbalist. The evening’s a joint fundraiser for the Geffen Playhouse and Hazelden, a nonprofit leader in addiction treatment. There’s a post-show discussion with the cast and playwrights as well as a dessert reception. The play recounts the story of Bill Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith, two men whose friendship ultimately led to the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous. At the Geffen Playhouse at 8 pm. Tickets: $75 - $250.

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The Ford Amphitheatre’s free summer J.A.M. sessions continue tonight with the program West Coast Swing. The evening kicks off with lessons from Doug Silton and Pete Green, and those moves can be put to the test to live music by Brother Yusef. The session is free, and reservations can be made online (for a small handling fee) or call the Ford Box Office at 323.461.3673 to avoid handling fees. 7 pm.

Queer Mondays, curated and hosted by Ian MacKinnon, is a monthly LGBT experimental performance series at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica. This month performances by: John Cantwell, Brian DeShazor, Raquel Guiterrez, Catherine Burriss, Martin Wiech, Das and Michael Lucid. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $5.

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