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Pencil This In: Cirque Berzerk Opens Tonight, Penn & Teller Talk

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All About Jack opens tonight.

All About Jack opens tonight.

The highly-anticipated two-week run for Cirque Berzerk returns to the old "Not a Cornfield" state park beginning tonight. It’s a mixture of burlesque, the bizarre and circus tricks that you’ve probably never seen before. The shows are filled with “sinewy, breathtaking acrobatics, sensual aerialists, gothic stilt walkers, fetishy burlesque dancers, voluptuous contortionists and a host of punk rock clowns, none of whom know how to make cute balloon animals for the kiddies.” Get your tickets NOW. They’re $25-$80.FILM
The Echo Park Film Center is holding another installment of “Armchair Adventures” tonight at 8 pm. It’s the second 16mm film show of bizarre animation from John Cannizzaro and Cosmo Segurson. “Come spin the wheel of travel and adventure and tour the globe with an international snack-plate of surreal animation.” With live musical accompaniment by F-Stop Serenade, the films will take you on a surreal adventure around the globe. Tickets are $5.

Penn & Teller take to the stage for a Writers Bloc event at 7:30 pm at the Writers Guild Theatre in Beverly Hills. The duo’s sixth season of Bullsh*t is about to begin on Showtime. Besides magic, writing and acting, did you know that they were also visiting scholars at MIT? The PR material even promises that Teller will talk...The two will be in conversation with Eddie Goredetsky, writer for Late Night With David Letterman, SNL, Dharma & Greg, Two and a Half Men and a couple Penn & Teller's specials. Tickets are $20, and cash or checks will be accepted at the door. No credit cards.

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The Grammy Museum hosts country music icon Dwight Yoakam tonight at 8 pm. He’ll be interviewed by the museum’s Chief Curator Ken Luftig Viste about his musical influences, career and future projects. After the interview, Yoakam will take questions from the audience and perform a few songs acoustically with guitarist Eddie Perez. Tickets are $45.

The guy who created All about Walken is baaaaack. This time, Mr. Chinatown himself is the object of affection: “All About Jack: The Impersonators of Jack Nicholson.” Patrick O'Sullivan’s latest show begins tonight at 8 pm for a limited run at Theatre 68. Male and female impersonators take the stage in a comedic tribute to Jack's life and career. Jack's journey introduces the audience to a cast of other characters as well, ranging from Marlon Brando to Kobe Bryant, in a series of sketches, improv, multimedia and movie moments. Tickets are $15.

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