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Pencil This In: 'Risky' Storytelling at NerdMelt and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Preservation Hall Jazz Band collaborates with the dance troupe, the Trey McIntyre Project tonight at Walt Disney Concert Hall. (Photo: © 2010 Clint Maedgen)
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It's getting a little quiet on the events front in preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday. But here are a couple of cultural happening that you might be interested in checking out: David Sedaris's The Santaland Diaries in preview; risky storytelling at MeltDown Comics; and live music and dance with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Trey McIntyre Project. Read on for all the details.

The Blank Theatre remounts its annual tradition of David Sedaris’s The Santaland Diaries. It previews tonight at 8 pm with Paolo Andino and directed by Michael Matthews at the Stella Adler Theatre. The one-man play tells the stories of Sedaris’s sometime-humiliating job as a Christmas elf at Macy’s in New York City. The production officially opens Saturday night. Preview tickets: $30.

NerdMelt at Meltdown Comics presents the RISK! Storytelling Show tonight at 8 pm. This is a forum that lets people tell true stories they never thought they'd have the guts to tell in public. At the RISK! Live shows, TV, film and lit stars get behind the mic and reveal a side of themselves before an audience. Hosted by comedians Kumail Nanjiani and Pete Holmes, tonight’s guests are Margaret Cho, Jackie Kashian, Rebekka Johnson and Kevin Avery. The topic? Family. Tickets: $10.

Tonight at Walt Disney Concert Hall, there’s a collaborative performance by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band with the Trey McIntyre Project. “The entrancing, mystical world of New Orleans comes to life through superb modern dance and the intoxicating New Orleans jazz of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.” 8 pm. Tickets: $47-$121.

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