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Pencil This In: New LAVA Literary Salon, Mahler Discussion at ALOUD and a PST Performance at the Annenberg Beach House

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We found a few events that might entice you to come out on a rainy Monday night. There's a new literary salon started by the folks behind the Esotouric bus tours; there's an ALOUD discussion on Mahler's life and works; It's a School Night at Bardot and a Pacific Standard Time performance/installation at the Annenberg Beach House. Read on for all the details.


A new literary salon kicks off tonight at Musso and Frank in Hollywood. (Photo by Daisy Church via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr.)
LAVA, a new literary salon in town, debuts at Musso & Frank in Hollywood tonight, featuring author Dan Fante from 6-11 pm. The tickets are steep ($100) but it includes a three-course prix fixe dinner, Salon presentations and dessert service. Fante, a novelist, poet and playwrght reads from his new memoir Fante: A Family's Legacy of Writing, Drinking and Surviving. The LAVA series is a project of Esotouric founders Kim Cooper and Richard Schave.

Tonight, ALOUD at the Central Library presents the program,Why Mahler? How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed Our World at 7 pm. Gustav Mahler biographer and author Norman Lebrecht will be in conversation with Deborah Borda, president and CEO, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, to discuss the composer and conductors' life and music. Mahler was known for bridging the gap between the age of high romanticism of the late 19th century and the young modernism of the early 20th. This program is currently at standby only.

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It’s a School Night takes over Bardot in Hollywood for an evening of live music and DJs. Performing live tonight are Har Mar superstar, Evan Voytas and the Good Natured withguest DJ sets by Dirty Dave and Iamsound(system). Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. 9 pm to 2 am.

The Annenberg Beach House presents the Pacific Standard Time performance /installation of Channa Horwitz's Variations on Sonakinetography #3. The program includes a performance of Poem Opera for 8 and three interpretations of Horwitz's Sonakinetography #3, one for a dance and light show choreographed by Horwitz's daughter Ellen Davis, one for piano by Maria Moraru, and one by percussionists Corey Fogel and Scott Higgins. There is no seating for these performances, visitors are able to walk through the installation as its being performed. 6:30 pm. Free.

Want more events? Follow me on Twitter (@christineziemba). Or follow Lauren Lloyd—who takes care of Pencil on Wednesdays (@LadyyyLloyd).