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Pencil This In: Classical Music and A Classic Musical

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'Rent' camps out at the Pantages in Hollywood this week. / Photo by jeffkingla via LAist's flickr pool

'Rent' camps out at the Pantages in Hollywood this week. / Photo by jeffkingla via LAist's flickr pool
Tonight and tomorrow at 8 pm famed conductor Zubin Mehta takes to the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage to lead the Vienna Philharmonic. On the program are Angela Maria Blasi, soprano, Bruckner’s “Symphony No. 9,” Wolf’s “Italian Serenade” and Marx’s “Selected Songs.”

Quick: how many minutes are in a year? Well, if you answered 525,6000 minutes, then you might be a Rent fan. The classic musical about love, friendship and life in the East Village has returned to the Pantages with 8 pm shows through Sunday. The story is based on the Puccini opera “La Boheme” and this touring production stars original Broadway cast members Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp. If you don't have the bucks right now, then take your chances in the daily lottery 2.5 hours before the show, where winners will have the opportunity to purchase front-row tickets for $20.

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Got an idea you want to share? Then step in front of the mic tonight or tomorrow at the LA Bloblive events. Billed as an open mic night for entrepreneurs and ideas, the audience gives you feedback right then and there. The events are streamed live online, attracting feedback from viewers around the country. Tonight’s Bloblive starts 7 pm at the Westwood Brewing Company while tomorrow’s takes place at Cafe Metropol in the arts district downtown.

The 10-day celebration of the work of Japanese filmmaker and artist Takahiko Iimura continues tonight at CalArt’s Bijou Theater in the hinterlands of Valencia. On the schedule tonight are his “60s Experiments” and “Performance/Myself (Or Video Identity)” Takahiko Iimura is considered one of the most influential and important experimental filmmakers from Japan, and will be appearing in person at CalArts.

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