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This is hot tofu. Cold Tofu brings their brand of Asian-American improv to the New LATC tonight.

THEATRE
Hot & Ready are two one-woman plays about dating and looking for love. And a few other things. Vanessa Williams’s “Feet on the Ceiling” are stories of a sexual revelations . Juliette Jeffers’s “Looking for a Chocolate Match.com” chronicles Internet dating.

8 pm // Elephant Space Theater // 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles // $20.

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FILM*
Lawrence of Arabia is on the big screen at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica tonight as part of the David Lean retrospective. The sweeping grandeur of some of his shots is timeless. Peter O’Toole stars as T. E. Lawrence, who “helped the Arabs revolt against European and Ottoman hegemony.”

7:30 pm // Aero Theatre // 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica // $10.

COMEDY
Cold Tofu, an Asian-American comedy troupe, puts on "Edemame Nights" at the New LATC. It’s a night of improv, lounge singing and made-up karaoke.

8 pm // New LATC // 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles // $12.

READING
The New Short Fiction Series bills itself as a "live literary magazine." Tonight performers including Sally Shore, Alain Benetar, Stacie Richards Dail and Jessica Hopper will read from Alicia Gifford's short story collection, "Toggling the Switch."

8 pm // Beverly Hills Public Library // 444. N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills // $10.

ART
"Your Mom's in My Business" is an exhibit of new works and "printed ephemera" by Kevin Lyons.

6 pm // HVW8 Art + Design Gallery // 661 N. Spaulding Ave, Los Angeles // Free.

FILM*
There's a great Sci-Fi double feature at the New Beverly: Forbidden Planet from 1956 and The Time Machine from 1960. Science fiction B movies always rate an A in our book!

7:30 pm (Forbidden Planet) and 9:30 pm (The Time Machine) // New Beverly Cinema // 7165 West Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles // $7.

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