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Pencil This In: Dead Authors and Cirque du So Lame

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DEAD AUTHOR READING
Tonight Machine Project teams up with 826LA for “Dead Author Readings” with Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson who’ll be discussing Walden. There are two shows at 8 and 10 pm. Bring blankets or something else to sit on. Space is limited because of Machine Project's "forest." CIRQUE*
Royal/T and Zippercut are hosting a one-night only circus-themed extravaganza “Cirque du So Lame” beginning at 8 pm tonight. There will be performances by Bob Baker and his marionettes, David Liebehart from The Tim and Eric Show, Alfonso the Giant Easter Bunny and other performers. Guests can get lost at the cirque with the following activities: handwriting analysis, photo booth, checking out props from HBO’s Carnivale set, eating cotton candy, popcorn and cupcakes. There’s a costume contest, so you’re encouraged to find circus-inspired attire. Tickets are $5 and you must be 18+ to attend.

ART+MUSIC
Tonight the Heard of Elephants art collective presents “Lo Fi Hi Fives!” at the American Legion Hall in Highland Park at 8 pm. Music will be provided by Bobb Bruno, Semiconscious Gloria, Wobbly Bones + Friends of the Family, Pom Pom, Little Things (feat members of Random Patterns) and WeYou. Art and activities will feature: Brenda So, Liz Petersen, Patrick Halm, Anna Schwaber, custom made cigar box guitars, on site shirt stenciling (bring a shirt), a mystery box (take an item leave an item), arts and crafts table, raffles and other activities. The cover’s $3.

FASHION
USC’s Fashion Industry Association presents its 5th Annual FIA Fashion Show at 8 pm tonight. The show, held at Town and Gown on campus, will feature a mix of student and LA-based designers including Keemia Ferasat, Nicolita, Candice Held, Moods of Norway and Mink Pink. Snacks and beverages will be provided, and admission is free.

*Pencil pick of the day