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Pencil This In: Gypsy Jazz, Cantonsville Nine at The Actors Gang

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There's jazz and gypsy jazz tonight. / Photo by = Manny = via LAist's flicrk pool.

There's jazz and gypsy jazz tonight. / Photo by = Manny = via LAist's flicrk pool.
The Actors Gang presents The Trial of the Catonsville Nine tonight at 8 pm. The play brings to life the 1968 trial of two Catholic priests and seven other activists who committed an act of civil disobedience to protest the Vietnam War. “The play presents a moral imperative to commit civil disobedience when national hubris and global corporate interests act against the welfare of the nation and the well-being of the international community.” The production runs through Sunday, where the matinee performance will be followed by a gala reception hosted by actor Tim Robbins and United Talent Agency. Tickets for tonight’s show are $25; gala tickets for the Sunday show are $250 ($200 is tax-deductible).

Gaslight, the classic Victorian thriller, opens tonight at Theatre West. Mr. Manningham is slowly torturing his wife into insanity. A police inspector convinces Mrs. Manningham that her hubby isn’t all that he appears to be. The game of cat-and-mouse begins. All seats are $27 tonight (includes opening reception). The play runs through Sept. 27.

Rising jazz singer and songwriter Kathleen Grace brings her band (guitarist Perry Smith, pianist Matt Politano, drummer Matt Mayhall and bassist Erik Kertes) to LACMA’s Friday night jazz series tonight from 6-8 p.m. They’ll perform jazz that’s influenced by the American folk storytelling tradition. The event is free and open to the public.

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Artist and author Danielle Adair visits the The Velaslavasay Panorama tonight at 8 pm to discuss her book JBAD, Lessons Learned, which documents her experience as an embedded journalist with U.S. forces in Afghanistan and the meaning of counterinsurgency. Tickets are $8-10.

GYPSY JAZZThe G2 Gallery on Abbot Kinney hosts an evening of gypsy jazz with The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet. The all-acoustic band (Bergara on lead acoustic guitar, Rob Hardt on clarinet and tenor sax, Jeffrey Radaich on rhythm guitar and Brian Netzley on upright bass) plays a modern variant of 1930's Django Reinhardt-inspired jazz. A reception begins at 6 pm and the music starts at 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

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