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Pencil This In: 'Spamalot' Opens at the Pantages, Social Grubbing and Singles Rule at ALOUD

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The Knights of The Round Table in 'Spamalot' (Photo: Scott Suchman 2011)
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Here's what we found going on around LA tonight: Monty Python's Spamalot opens for a week run at the Pantages; there are a couple of SXSW-themed dinners to foster networking and creativity; and ALOUD at the Central Library hosts a sociologist who'll discuss how singles are thriving in modern society. Read on for all the details.

MUSICAL*
Opening tonight, Monty Python’s Spamalot returns to the Pantages Theatre for one week only. The play is adapted from the famous comedy troupe's most popular movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Spamalot won three 2005 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Director (Mike Nichols). It loosely tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail—that is, if the king’s court featured a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and a legless knight. Prices tonight start at $60.

EAT
Grubwithus, a social dining network, has rolled out a series of meals in LA hosted by SXSW moderators, speakers, panelists and performers in advance of the festival throughout the US to keep with the festival’s principles of fostering creative and professional growth. Tonight in LA, there are two dinners with a few spots left (as of this writing). Tonight, Joe Maggini & Rebecca Rienks of E! are hosting a meal at Vintage Enoteca (dinner $34) and performer May Alhassen ("Hijabi Monologues") hosts a vegetarian dinner at Rahel Ethiopian ($25).

SOLITARY LIVES
ALOUD at the Central Library welcomes Eric Klinenberg, professor of Sociology at New York University, and editor of the journal Public Culture. He’ll discuss the biggest demographic shift since the baby boom: we thrive when we go it alone. Singles, represent! He’ll be in conversation with journalist Laurie Winer. 7 pm. Standby only.

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TALK
***This is now sold out. Tonight at 7:30 pm, Writers Bloc presents political satirist, comedian and fake news blogger Andy Borowitz with comedian Patton Oswalt. We’ll bet the two will call open season on the Republican primary contests. At the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. Tickets: $20.

*Pencil pick of the day

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