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Pencil This In: Hello Kitty @ Royal-T, Audrey Hepburn Films @ LACMA

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Captured Aural Phantasy Theater is throwing together its Halloween Spooktaculartonight at tomorrow at 8 pm at the Alexandria Hotel, Palm Court Ballroom. The show is a live, retro-influenced variety show built around radio show-style readings of real old comic book stories. Vintage tales of horror such as 1954’s The Mad Hate of Dr. Zart and 1953’s I Married a Zombie! are performed live in a show that includes sultry singing, stunning visual art, short acts, prizes and live music. Tickets are $10.

LACMA celebrates the movies of Audrey Hepburn with a weekend series that runs tonight through Nov. 13. Opening the Audrey Hepburn: Then, Now and Forever program is the classic Roman Holiday (at 7:30 pm) starring Hepburn as a young princess on the run and the dashing Gregory Peck as a reporter who knows an exclusive story when he sees one. Peter Bogdanovich will be introducing the film. The double feature ends with They All Laughed (at 9:40 pm), written and directed by Bogdanovich, which was Hepburn’s last starring role. Tickets $10; $7 museum members, seniors (62+), students with valid ID. $5 for the second film only.

Did you know that Hello Kitty turns 35 this year? Jeez. To celebrate her birthday, all things Hello Kitty take over Royal/T in Culver City through Nov. 15. The “Three Apples” (referring to Hello Kitty’s precise weight) multidimensional exhibit opens today. The café also features a specially designed menu for the exhibit: dishes ($6 - $25) including waffles, pancakes, tramezzinis, individually wrapped, hand-decorated cookies and a special Hello Kitty High Tea will be served. There’s also a tricked out Hello Kitty trailer parked behind the café…it’ll be sold on E-bay if you want to make a bid. And last, but not least, there’s a public kickoff party tomorrow, with goodie bags for the first 100 guests.

Also at LACMA at 6 pm tonight, the Larry Karush Quartet takes to the stage at the museum’s BP Grand Entrance. Karush is an improvising pianist/composer with roots in jazz, 20th century western music, African-based percussion and the music of North India. The outdoor event is free and open to the public.

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As part of the WTF?! Festival, the Actors’ Gang presents Death and Giggles—“An eclectic, kinetic, and exciting night of edge-of-your-seat frivolity, featuring former Cirque du Soleil performer Daisuke Tsuji. Death and Giggles transports us to the absurd world of the afterlife, mixing sock puppets, clowning, dance, and balloons to tell the story of one man's transcendent journey.” The show begins at 9 pm. Tickets are $15.

The Glendale Community College Planetarium presents Spontaneous Fantasia, an immersive, 3-D real time animation performed live by artist-programmer-composer J-Walt. Tonight’s theme focuses on cosmic and personal exploration and J-Walt creates a planet in real-time and populates it with plants, artifacts and dancing creatures to tell a story of creation and process told through color, music and movement. Tickets $15; kids 5-12 $8. 8 pm.

German-born playwright Arthur Schnitzler wrote La Ronde in 1900 as a farcical examination of sexual mores and class ideology of era through a series of encounters between pairs of characters, shown before or after a sexual encounter. Peter Lefcourt updates Schnitzler’s work—with 21st century Los Angeles’ replacement for sex: lunch. La Ronde de Lunch begins at 8 pm tonight, and runs Fri.- Sat., 8 pm; Sun., 7 pm; through Nov. 15. Tickets: $25. Skylight Theatre.

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