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Pencil This In: 'Slake's' Lundi Gras Party, Shepard Fairey at ALOUD, Poetry at the Boston Court and Dance Talk at the Annenberg Beach House

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It's the last week for 'Dangerous Beauty'—a musical based on the life of courtesan Veronica Franco—at the Pasadena Playhouse.

It's the last week for 'Dangerous Beauty'—a musical based on the life of courtesan Veronica Franco—at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Slake is holding a Lundi Gras party tonight at the Bootleg with a mix of music readings, art and film screenings from artists from the Crescent City. Performances by the New Orleans Traditional Jazz & Funeral Band, Venice torch-and-twang duo honeyhoney and musician Paul Gailiunas. Short films by the late New Orleans filmmaker Helen Hill and Robert Sobul. Readings by Slake writers and art and photography by Matjames, Anne Fishbein, Michelle Pullman and painter Ingrid Allen. Beer and wine available at the bar and the Crazy Creole Cafe truck will be stationed on the back patio. Doors at 7 pm. $10 donation to support Slake.

[ALOUD] at the Central Library welcomes LA-based artist Shepard Fairey to speak on his life and work tonight at 7 pm. He’ll be in conversation with Aaron Rose, artist and curator, for the program MAYDAY: the Politics of Street Art. Up for discussion: Obey Giant stencil, the HOPE poster and Fairey’s move from the street to large-scale museum exhibitions. The event is full, but there may be tickets available for standby.

It’s 826LA West’s first Cinema Night tonight at 7 pm. Those heady tutors have chosen Jean-Luc Godard's 1962 French new wave masterpiece Vivre Sa Vie about a Parisian woman’s foray into prostitution. Feel free to BYOB and snacks, and 826LA will provide the popcorn.

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Choreographer Keith Glassman is the latest artist-in-residence at the Annenberg Beach house. He’ll be making a new site-specific dance throughout the Beach House facility through May 16. There’s an introductory talk by Glassman tonight at 6:30 pm to focus on the process of creating dance in unlikely places and his ideas for the Beach House. Free, but reservations required. Arrive by 6:15 to keep your reservation as late seating isn’t guaranteed. Docents available to discuss the Beach House from 5:15-6:15 pm.

Red Hen Press and the Poetry Society of America hold a poetry reading tonight at 7 pm at the Boston Court in Pasadena. Hear works by poets John Barr, Charles Harper Webb and Rae Armantrout. Admission: $10; PSA members, students & seniors $5.

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