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Pencil This In: LA River History, 'Rock of Ages' at the Pantages, 33 Variations with Jane Fonda

The cast of 'Rock of Ages' | Photo: Joan Marcus
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Rock of Ages—the big hair-band musical comedy about a small town girl (who’s living in a lonely world) meeting a big city rocker In 1987 on the Sunset Strip—opens tonight at the Pantages. The story’s told through the songs of Journey, Bon Jovi, Poison and many more. In the cast of the LA premiere is American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis who earned a Tony nomination for his role. 8 pm. Tickets: $25-90. Through Feb. 27.RIVER STORIES
Want to learn more about the history and future of the LA River? The Chatauqua Series at Temescal Canyon welcomes environmental writer and LA River advocate Jenny Price to talk about the local river, what it is and what it could be 7:30 pm. Free. Meet in Woodland Hall at Temescal Gateway Park in Pacific Palisades.

There’s a preview tonight for Ligature: An evening of five short plays at The Court Theater at the historic Hollywood United Methodist Church (Highland and Franklin). A little comedy and little tragedy for your Tuesday evening. 8 pm. Runs Tuesdays and Wednesdays through March 8. Preview tickets: $5.