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

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Bathroom in the Mandrake. | Photo by Shawnté via LAist's flickr pool.

Bathroom in the Mandrake. | Photo by Shawnté via LAist's flickr pool.
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.

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Night for Hope 2009 is a benefit event tonight from 7-10 pm at The Mark in West LA for the Our House Grief Support Center. Tickets are $50 per person for unlimited appetizers, dessert and drinks - including wines by De Tierra Vineyards - and the chance to participate in a silent auction. The price of each ticket also helps support one child or adult in a grief support group for one month. Tickets are available for purchase online.


The Actors Gang WTF?! Festival continues tonight with Get Lit!-- an evening of poetry that matters performed by Los Angeles' award-winning teen poetry troupe, the Get Lit! Players. It’s a pay-what-you-can performance to benefit The Actors’ Gang outreach programs. 8 pm.

There’s a Popomomo trunk show at the Green With Glamour Pop Up Store tonight in Silver Lake from 6-9 pm. Shop current and past seasons of popomomo from 20-60% off, and current pieces at 30% for one night only, including hand-made jewelry, accessories and other one-of-a-kind pieces.

Don't forget the Downtown Art Walk's tonight, too.

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