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Pencil This In: Poetry, Architecture and Joan Rivers on Plastic Surgery and Murder Mysteries

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Ahh President’s Day is a great holiday for many of us. Read: We don’t have to go into the office and get to stay in on this wet and dreary Monday. But if you suffer from cabin fever tonight, then there are a few interesting options to do while venturing out: LECTURE
Sci-Arc hosts architect Neville Mars in the lecture “From Book to Buildings - The Potential and Problems of a Practice in China” at 7 pm at W.M. Keck Lecture Hall. His career spans commercial architecture and urban design, to documentaries, art installations, urban research and creative writing. Mars is currently the director of the Dynamic City Foundation in Beijing and has a “profound passion for the evolution of the metropolis.”


Writers Bloc presents the queen of plastic surgery Joan Rivers tonight at 7 pm at the Writer’s Guild Theatre in Beverly Hills. Rivers will be in conversation with Joel Stein of Joel Stein, columnist for the LA Times. Rivers has just published two books: Men Are Stupid...And They Like Big Boobs: A Woman's Guide to Beauty Through Plastic Surgery, and Murder at the Academy Awards®: A Red Carpet Mystery.. Tickets are $20.

The Monday Evening Concerts series continues tonight at Zipper Hall at 8 pm with Gérard Grisey’s “Les Espaces acoustiques.” It is one of the most influential works in postwar European music, and the L.A. premiere of Part 1 for 18 players is led by members of the Argento Chamber Ensemble. His percussion sextet piece “Tempus ex machina” will be performed from the balcony of Zipper Hall by red fish blue fish, the world-renowned ensemble founded by Steven Schick. Tickets are $25.