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Pencil This In: Bawdy Storytelling, Nerdist Sex Lecture and Music under the Stars

Stargazing on tap for tonight. (Photo: Albert Valles via LAist's Flickr pool.)
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We have a sexy Friday edition of Pencil This In. First up is a storytelling series at the Brewery Arts Complex tonight where there's sure to be a few bawdy bedroom tales—for better or worse. At Meltdown Comics, the resident sexpert from the Pleasure Chest makes a guest lecture appearance for a special lecture. Read on for all the juicy details. (And for other events that are definitely rated G.)

Last night, we had a chance to catch the great opening night of For the Record: Coen Brothers, an evening of snippets and songs from Coen Brother movies like O Brother Where Art Thou, Fargo and The Big Lebowski. It's a 360-degree theaterical-esque experience. Tickets: $25. Runs Thursdays to Saturdays through Sept. 24. At Show at Barre on Vermont. 9 pm tonight. Get your tickets now.

SF-based Bawdy Storytelling brings Libertine! its night of naughty tales back to LA tonight. These 10-minute, true first-person stories are told, not read, to the audience and they all deal with sex, sexuality or gender. We bet there will be a few doozies told tonight for sure. Doors open at 7 pm, stories start at 8 at Abundant Sugar, located in the Brewery Arts Complex (618A Moulton Ave, Los Angeles). Tickets $15.

Grand Performances at California Plaza continues its 25 years of free performing arts for Los Angeles tonight. Fania Records has opened its catalog to New York House/Dance/Ambient DJ Joaquin "Joe" Clausselland his six-piece band, giving them access to remix and create a new works mixed with old recordings by Latin funk/salsa/merengue greats as Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto and Celia Cruz. Palenke Soultribe is also on the bill tonight with a mix of electronica, pop, rock and Colombian folk sounds, driven by turntables and looped laptop grooves. 8 pm.

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There's an evening of Big Sky Star Gazing tonight at 8 pm at the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve in West Hills. The program starts with a ½-mile hike to the viewing platform. Total program time is two hours. Free, but there's a $3 parking fee inside park.

Since many comic book geeks are down in San Diego for Comic-Con, Nerdist Theater at Meltdown Comics hosts a bit of alternative programming tonight at 8 pm with "Sex Nerd" Sandra Daugherty. The lead sex educator at Pleasure Chest LA "geeks out on the finer points of orgasming your life and answers your most intimate questions." This week's topic: His and Hers Handjobs! $10.

Tonight at 7 pm, David Del Valle discusses and signs Lost Horizons Beneath the Hollywood Sign at Book Soup. It's a story about his time in Tinseltown, hanging with the likes of Timothy Leary, Christopher Isherwood, Terry Southern, Kenneth Anger, John Carradine, Christopher Lee and Vincent Price.

*Pencil pick of the day

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