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Pencil This In: Kitsch in Hollywood Tonight with Charles Phoenix, Gleeks' Singalong and Comic Book Theater

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Perfect weather tonight for summery, outdoorsy events around LA. If you like kitsch, we got it: There's a free Charles Phoenix slideshow of little-known LA history at California Plaza--with a set by Bob Baker's Marionettes opening. A Glee-inspired singalong takes over the amphitheater at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The folks at Captured Aural Phantasy Theater bring comics to life at Meltdown Comics. There's so much more, so read on...


Comics book come to life through the players with Captured Aural Phantasy Theater.
Nerdist Theater at Meltdown Comics presents an evening with the Captured Aural Phantasy Theater troupe tonight at 8 pm. The players perform dramatic readings of vintage comic book stories like an old-time radio show with bits of music, art and comedy interspersed between them. Tickets: $10 at the door.

Grand Performances at California Plaza welcomes author, historian and humorist Charles Phoenix for a live slideshow presentation Los Angelesland. Charles is known for his retro shows, school bus “field trip” tours, “test kitchen” videos and coffee table books. The show begins at 8 pm with an organist, sign spinners, a children’s mariachi band, ballerina and Bob Baker’s Marionettes. Best of all, the entertainment is free.
It’s the last weekend for the LA Film Festival, and we have a couple picks tonight: Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest screens under the stars at the Ford Amphitheatre with live DJ set by KCRW's Dan Wilcox, Anthony Valadez and Garth Trinidad. Music at 7 pm and the movie starts at 8:30 pm. As part of the festival’s international spotlight on Cuba, there’s a world premiere screening of Habana Eva, directed by Fina Torres at Regal LA Live 9. The film is a humorous metaphor of Cuba’s future options through the life of a seamstress who dreams of becoming a fashion designer. LA Film Fest tickets: $13. Both films are standby only, so get to the respective places early.

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The new Venice-based gallery Post No Bills starts things off with a bang tonight with a show from the Brooklyn street artist collective Faile in the show LA Works on Paper: A Decade of Prints and Originals. The opening reception is tonight from 7-10 pm. If you can’t make it tonight, the show is up through July 24.

Cook LA in Studio City offers one-session themed cooking classes. Meditteranean appetizers are on the menu tonight with spinach, feta phyllo pies, fattoush salad, babaghanoush, falafel balls with tahini sauce and seasoned pita chips. The class will be held from 7-9:30 pm. All levels are welcome. Cost: $65.

There’s a Glee-inspired singalong tonight at the W.M. Keck Foundation Amphitheatre at Walt Disney Concert Hall from 6:30-8 pm. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. There will be live musicians backing up the Gleeksters belting the tunes. Tickets are required.

One of the reasons we love LA in the summer: wine tastings at Barnsdall Art Park with spectacular views of the city. Tastings are held on the lawn of the historic Hollyhock House with the folks from Silverlake Wine pouring four selections of boutique, small production, artisanal wines from around the world. Today’s later wine tasting + tour of the Hollyhock House are already sold out, but tickets remain for the wine tasting, which runs from 5:30-8:30 pm. Bring a blanket and a picnic and call it a perfect night.

*Pencil pick of the day

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