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Pencil This In: LA Women's Theatre Festival Begins, The Fonz @ Paley Center

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The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival opens tonight at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica with its Champagne Gala and Awards Ceremony at 7 pm. The festival will also present the Integrity, Eternity, Rainbow and Maverick Awards to five distinguished women for their contributions to theatre and the performing arts by Honorary Co-Chair Hattie Winston (of the TV series Becker and Pasadena Playhouse Artistic Director Sheldon Epps. Entertainment for the evening will include two excerpted theatre pieces: Angela Dean-Baham in “The Unsung Diva” that explores the life of 19th Century opera singer Matilda Sissieretta Jones, known as “The Black Patti” (a comparison to the celebrated Sicilian soprano Adelina Patti. That piece will be followed up by Rose Weaver in “The Incomparable Ethel Waters: A Night of Stormy Weather.” Waters was the first African American Broadway star as well as the first Black actress to star in a television series. “A celebrated singer, she was a favorite of composer Harold Arlen, who wrote the song “Stormy Weather” explicitly for her.” Champagne gala tickets are $60.

As part of Tubefilter's Web Television Week, “The New Media Vault: A Streamys Celebration” doles out its Craft Awards tonight. The awards recognize and honor excellence in the craft categories of web television production in the following categories: Best Cinematography in a Web Series, Best Editing for a Web Series, Best Original Music in a Web Series, Best Art Direction in a Web Series, Best Visual Effects in a Web Series and Best Artistic Concept in a Web Series. The awards program begins promptly at 8:30 pm. Nominees should arrive at 7:30 pm for the pre-reception.

The Paley Center screens the LA Premiere of Sit Down, Shut Up tonight at 7:30 in Beverly Hills. The FOX TV show, which debuts later this spring, reunites Arrested Development's Mitchell Hurwitz (producer), Will Arnett, Jason Bateman and Henry Winkler against the setting of the teaching profession. Tonight, the Paley center welcomes in person Henry Winkler, joined by costars Cheri Oteri and Tom Kenny, along with Hurwitz and other members of the show's cast and creative team.