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Pencil This In: Monthly Mindshare and Musical Theatre

Cynthia Silver stars in 'Bridezilla Strikes Back,' which plays at the Zephyr Theatre in Hollywood until March 29.
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Tonight marks the February installment of Mindshare LA, a monthly evening of “enlightened debauchery,” that celebrates innovations in scholarship, culture, technology and entrepreneurship in LA. This month’s topic celebrates lurrve and Valentine’s Day and includes topics “Return of the Bromance: Victorian Intimacy in the 21st Century” with Ph.D. Candidate Patrick Randolph of U.C. Riverside's English department; “The Reach for Shamanic Media” with multimedia artist David Wexler (VJ Strangeloop); “The Neurophysiology of Attraction” with U.C. Irvine Social Psychology scholar Sena Koleva; “Poledancing for Fitness sponsored by exercise studio Sheila Kelly's S-Factor”; and “How the Brain Processes Emotion” with Ph.D. Candidate Moran Cerf of CalTech's Computation and Neural Systems department. An open bar and jazz accompany the learning, too. Tickets are $25.

The Necks, an Australian cult jazz trio, takes to the REDCAT stage tonight at 8:30 pm. The Sydney-based trio “delivers a post-jazz, post-rock, post-everything sonic experience that has few parallels anywhere. Pianist Chris Abrahams, drummer Tony Buck and bassist Lloyd Swanton have earned plenty of adulation for their unique improvisational pieces that unwind repeating musical figures in tantalizing fashion, usually underpinned by an insistent deep groove.” Ticket prices are $35-$18, with student tickets available.

The 1932 zarzuela (a Spanish musical that blends Broadway with the passion of opera) Luisa Fernanda opens for a short weekend run tonight. The themes of love, rivalry and politics are set against the 1868 popular uprising against the queen of Spain. The musical comedy will be performed performed in Spanish with English supertitles. The show begins at 8 pm tonight at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood. Tickets are $20-$75.