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Pencil This In: Young Frankenstein Opens at the Pantages, Bigfoot's Knotty Pine Derby and Palate's Tuesday Wine Tastings

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Young Frankenstein opens at the Pantages tonight with Roger Bart and Cory English. | Photo: Paul Kolnik

Young Frankenstein opens at the Pantages tonight with Roger Bart and Cory English. | Photo: Paul Kolnik

The New Mel Brooks comedy-musical Young Frankenstein opens tonight at the Pantages Theatre for a two-week run. The production is based on Brooks’ re-imagining of his 1974 film, which was itself a re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic novel. Young Frankenstein features a score of all new songs by composer and lyricist Mel Brooks including "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend", "Life, Life" and "Puttin' On the Ritz." Tickets: $25-$80. 8 pm. KNOTTY DERBY
Bigfoot Lodge (East) presents the Knotty Pine Derby Championship Racetonight at 9 pm. It’s simple, build a car from a kit (which are available for purchase at the bar), follow the rules and let it rip. There will be $5 "Down the track" shots served all night long.

The Antaeus Company presents The Helen Fragments by Euripides/Homer/Ovid/Sappho tonight as part of the company’s 5th biennial ClassicsFest. It’s a fully staged work-in-process directed by Michael Hackett. The production explores whether Helen had an impetuous affair with Paris to provoke the Trojan War or kidnapped by the gods and therefore an innocent bystander? 8 pm tonight (and Wednesday) at the Deaf West Theatre. Tickets: $10.

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Tuesday night summer tastings on Palate Restaurant’s patio continues tonight with a lineup of wines from small, artisinal French growers. Wines: Domaine Saint André Rosé Le Saint André 2009 ($12), Marrionet Touraine Sauvignon 2008 ($12), Luc Lapeyre Minervois L’Amourier 2007 ($15) and Domaine du Grand Tinel Chateauneuf du Pape 2007 ($30). 6:30-9 pm. $10. All wines will be available for retail purchase at a 10% discount Tuesday night only.

*Pencil pick of the day

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