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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 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.

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.

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.

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Mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade performs at Occidental College tonight at 8 pm in the college’s Thorne Hall. The concert will include pieces "La Vie en Rose," Ravel's "Nicolette," and Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns." Tickets are $36.50, $26.50 for Oxy staff, alumni and $11.50 for students and seniors.

The two-day CEAIT Festival from the CalArts Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology begins tonight at REDCAT with concerts from various sound artists and musicans. The festival opens with performances by John Wiese, Maria Chavez and Marcus Schmickler. 8:30 pm. Tickets $20, students $16.

Comedians Annabell Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn present their book You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story tonight at Book Soup. This memoir of their marriage shows that for a successful union, couples need love, complaining, codependence and pinot noir. Here’s a snippet on sex: “He says: I want to have sex every day, but Annabelle only wants to do it once a week. So we compromise: we have sex once a week.”

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