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Pencil This In: Good and Bad Poetry, Max & Jason at Paley Center

Bathroom in the Mandrake. | Photo by Shawnté via LAist's flickr pool.
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To celebrate the book launch of Pam Russell's new collection B is for Bad Poetry, the Better Off Dead Poets Society and ForYourArt presents an open mic at the Mandrake for people to share their bad poems. The evening’s hosted by Russell, and everyone’s welcome to bring your crappy blank verse and doggerel to foist on unsuspecting bar patrons. 8 pm.

Like theater, but ticket prices aren’t in your budget? A Noise Within theater company in Glendale is helping you out tonight by holding a pay-what-you-can night tonight for Michael Frayn's farce Noises Off. The tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the box office, with a limit of two per person. In Noises Off, the bumbling actors stumble through rehearsals and performances, and bring the house down--literally. Curtain at 8 pm.

The Paley Center in Beverly Hills presents a panel discussion Media, Technology and Transformation. It's hosted and moderated by Max Lugavere and Jason Silva (Max and Jason of Current TV) and Jesse Dylan, founder, Free Form Media. On the panel are Rob Levy, Untitled Entertainment; Oliver Luckett, CEO, Digisynd; Courtney Nichols, activist; Barry Ptolemy, filmmaker; Ryan Scott, CEO,; and Patrick Shen, filmmaker. It’ll be interesting to hear what Max and Jason say considering that Current TV just laid off 80 people yesterday. The event begins at 7 pm. Tickets: $15; $10 for Paley Center members.