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Pencil This In: Chamber Music @ City Hall, Date Nightmares

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Photo of LA City Hall's entrance by S.C. Asher via LAist's flickr pool.

Photo of LA City Hall's entrance by S.C. Asher via LAist's flickr pool.
The Da Camera Society of Mount St. Mary’s College presents its series “Chamber Music in Historic Sites” tonight at 8:30 pm at LA City Hall’s Council Chambers. (A pre-concert talk is scheduled for 8 pm. The program Fretwork “incorporates intricate fantazias in three to five parts and the stunning In Nomines in six and seven parts, also weaving in some of [Henry] Purcell’s most eloquent vocal solos, including the ecstatic Evening Hymn and the poignant Lament from Dido and Aeneas.” The evening features Clare Wilkinson, mezzo-soprano. Tickets are $45.

The storyline of Pope Joan is one of “historic and ecclesiastical circumstances, which may have given a young girl access to the papacy, brings century old scandals to life once more.” The dramatic musical account opens tonight at 8 pm and runs until March 22 at the Stella Adler Theatre. There’s validated parking at the KODAK Center. Tickets are $34.99.

The mini-retrospective of the westerns of John Sturges takes to the screen at the Egyptian Theatre tonight with a new 35 mm print of The Magnificant Seven at 7:30 pm. It’s the American remake of Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai featuring Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Robert Vaughn. They’re the gunmen hired to safeguard a Mexican farm village from a marauding bandit chief. Author Glenn Lovell will be signing copies of his new Sturges biography Escape Artist starting at 6:30 PM preceding the screening.

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Modern Love follows an L.A. based film producer turned writer/director whose “obsession with his directorial debut takes him down a dark, precarious path.” The world premiere bows tonight at 8 pm for a six-week run at the Sidewalk Studio Theatre in Toluca Lake. Tickets are $20.

L.A. Theatre Works records five performances of Ceremonies in Dark Old Men to air on its nationally syndicated radio theater series, "The Play's The Thing." The Negro Ensemble Company's production focuses on a “Harlem family that dreams of a better life but pursues it in tragic ways.” The production features Glynn Turman The Wire, Rocky Carroll Navy NCIS and John Cothran, Jr. (Black Snake Moan)Tonight’s performance is at 8 pm at the Skirball Cultural Center.

If Pillows Could Talk is a production of first date nightmares - a humorous journey of falling and running in and out of love. It’s written, crafted and performed by Santa Monica Playhouse Alumni Billie Dawn Greenblatt and Graham Silbert. Tonight’s performance is at 7:30 pm at the Santa Monica Playhouse’s The Other Space.

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