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Pencil This In: Hear NoHo, Opera at Oxy, Annabell Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn at Book Soup

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HEAR MUSIC
Hear NoHo is a monthly music festival (first Thursday of every month) that showcases emerging music in small venues throughout North Hollywood. Check out the musical lineup that includes Scott Turek, Alysse Fischer, Laced Confection and Kill the Complex. Tonight’s performances will be held at the NoHo Arts Center, Art Institute of California-Hollywood and Cella Gallery. Music starts at 7 pm. Tickets $10.

LECTURE
The Levantine Cultural Center brings Middle East expert and author Phyllis Bennis to present her latest book (co-authored with David Wildman), Ending the US War in Afghanistan: A Primer, followed by a Q&A. Bennis is a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. and director of its New Internationalism Program. Her book addresses basic questions and explains the various aspects of the war in Afghanistan. The event begins at 7:30 pm. Suggested donation or book purchase $10.

THEATER
In conjunction with the Road to Freedom exhibit, Gin Hammond brings her original one-woman play, Returning the Bones, to the Skirball. The play is based on the life and times of her aunt Dr. Carolyn Montier, a medical student from rural Texas, who faced a tough decision to stay in the South and continue to fight for civil rights, or escape to Paris and live the life she always dreamed of 8 pm. Tickets $20; $15 members; $10 full-time students.