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Pencil This In: Ruined Opens at the Geffen, Neal Pollack on Yoga at Skylight and an Evening with James Ellroy at Largo

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Tongayi Chirisa and Russell G. Jones in the Geffen Playhouse production of Ruined, written by Lynn Nottage and directed by Kate Whoriskey. | Photo: Chris Bennion

Tongayi Chirisa and Russell G. Jones in the Geffen Playhouse production of Ruined, written by Lynn Nottage and directed by Kate Whoriskey. | Photo: Chris Bennion

There are a few seats left for opening night tonight for Lynn Nottage’s play Ruined at the Geffen Playhouse. “Guided by music and the rhythm of life in the Congo, Ruined transports us to Mama Nadi’s bar, a small town refuge where intimacy comes at a price. But by creating this uneasy oasis for women who have no place else to go, is Mama a protector or profiteer?” The production runs through Oct. 17. 8 pm. Tickets: $35-55.BOOKS*
Local author Neal Pollack reads from his new memoir Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude tonight at Skylight Books. Following up Never Mind the Pollacks and Alternadad, Pollack lampoons the weird world of yoga, but after feeling better about his weight, his health, he transforms into a true believer. 7:30 pm.

The new sci-fi thriller Growth is being screened at the Egyptian Theatre tonight at 7:30 pm. In the film, a woman inherits a property on an island and heads there with her boyfriend, step-brother and best friend. On the island, the group begins to discover the terrifying, experimental past. There will be a discussion following with actors Mircea Monroe, Brian Krause, Richard Riehle, Nora Kirkpatrick, Christopher Shand, writer-director Gabriel Cowan and producer Amiee Clark. $11.

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BOOK TALK takes over Largo tonight to present an evening with James Ellroy (American Tabloid, L. A. Confidential), who’ll be talking about his memoir The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women (Knopf). He’ll be interviewed by LA Times'--and former LAist editor-- Carolyn Kellogg, take questions from the audience and do a book signing. There will also be a special guest appearance by actress-comedian Laura Kightlinger. 8 pm. Tickets: $25 without the book, $40 with.

Cinema Speakeasy invites the public to participate in a critique of three short films tonight at 8 pm. Only rules: Be constructive, be cool and help them make their work even better. On the program: Balletomane by Bradley Miles, Sizzlean by Scott Keiner, Chris Stinson and Daniela Roth, and Cease & Desist from John Carluccio. Tickets: $5, and bring something to drink and share.

Tuesday Night Project presents The Tuesday Night Cafe tonight at 7:30 pm at the Aratani Courtyard in DTLA. The free cafe focuses on new art and music from Asian Pacific Islander artists as well as artists from the larger Los Angeles arts community. Tonight’s event is being held in collaboration with Filipino American Network (FAN) and the Festival for Philippines Arts & Culture (FPAC Sep 11-12) Hosted by Johneric Concordia with DJ Pomade, performers include: Apryle Damacio, Elson & the Soul Barkada, Jenilee Reyes, Mike Isberto, April Rose Rojas and The Fighting Cocks.

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