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Pencil This In: Obsession in America, LGBT Issues in Hollywood

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THEATRE
L.A. Theatre Works presents Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan through Sunday, reuniting Mark Brokaw, who directed the Off Broadway premiere, with original cast members Mark Ruffalo, Josh Hamilton and Missy Yager. The performances will be recorded at the Skirball to air on LATW's syndicated radio theater series, “The Play's The Thing,” which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide (89.3 KPCC here in LA). Playwright Kenneth Lonergan will be in attendance at the performances on Friday night and Sunday at 4 pm. Tickets: $20-$48.

LEARNING*
We are all a little OCD about something. (Did you turn off the stove before you left this morning?) Tonight Zócalo asks, “Is Obsession a Post-Modern Disease?” and author and University of Illinois professor Lennard Davis will try to shed light on an answer. “To be obsessive is to be American; to be obsessive is to be modern. But obsession is not only a phenomenon of modern existence: it is a medical category — a pathology. Its current form, known as OCD, has been cited by the World Health Organization as the fourth most common mental disorder in the world. How did OCD reach epidemic level when a mere 45 years ago it was considered extremely rare?” Tonight’s forum will be held at MOCA at 7:30 pm. The event is free, but reservations are recommended.

DISCUSSION
The Writers Guild of America, West’s Gay & Lesbian Writers Committee hosts the panel discussion/Q&A: “Gay Today in Hollywood: A Status Report” tonight at the WGAW Second Floor Multipurpose Room. Moderated by producer J.D. Disalvatore, the panel is set to include writer Lance Black (Milk); writer Liz Feldman (The Ellen DeGeneres Show); film producers Honey Labrador & Christopher Racster (April’s Shower, Save Me); director Arthur Allan Seidelman (The Awakening of Spring); actor Doug Spearman (Noah’s Ark) and others. Panelists will tackle the subjects of LGBT projects, the market for such films, and of course, if whether the closet is still and issue for LGBT community in Hollywood today. The event starts at 7:30 pm.

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ART
Ghettogloss holds an opening cocktail reception from 7 pm-midnight for the group show “Why I'm Here, I Can't Quite Remember.” The artists, all affiliated with the entertainment industry, include: JJ Villard, Jimmy Thompson, Tim Lamb, Tony Ortiz, John Chiu, Morgan Kelly, Adam Greene, Samir Rahimi and Jeremy Bernstein.

LECTURE
WritersBlock presents writer-comedian Tom Davis who has written a new book Thirty-NIne Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There. In it, he reveals much about the era, the personalities that helped to define it, and includes scenes from SNL. Remember Theodoric of York? Remember Khomeni the Magnificent? The Coneheads? Davis will be speaking tonight with SNL original cast member Laraine Newman, who was in the original SNL cast. The event takes place at the Writer's Guild Theatre tonight at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20.

*Pencil pick of the day