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Pencil This In: Machine Project Says Buh Bye to Analog TV, but Hello LA Pride Weekend

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Say goodbye to analog TV tonight with Machine Project. / Photo by polaroid-girl via LAist's flickr pool.

Say goodbye to analog TV tonight with Machine Project. / Photo by polaroid-girl via LAist's flickr pool.

Machine Project is hosting a “Farewell to Analog TV” lecture and mixer tonight at 10 pm. Jason Torchinsky will talk about mechanical televisions, which will be followed by a countdown to the demise of analog TV. At midnight, all the old analog television broadcasts will stop, replaced by digital signals so all the TVs without converter boxes won’t work anymore. Machine Project will be gathering a pyramid of old TVs together for a countdown as they go to static, all at once.FESTIVAL
The Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festivalis a free, two-day event that celebrates stories of the inter-racial, inter-cultural, interfaith experience through films, readings, workshops and live performances. The festival started this morning and runs through tomorrow night at the Japanese American National Museum. Register in advance if you can.

The 13th Annual Erotica LA (ELA) is back at the LA Convention Center this weekend with a little something for everyone. The three-day sexuality and lifestyle exposition features “hundreds of exhibitors with the latest and most erotic merchandise on the market from lingerie, clubwear, jewelry, shoes, books, cosmetics, toys, lotions, potions and hot DVDs." There’s also live entertainment, classes and ahem, demonstrations. ELA runs from 4­-11 pm tonight and 11 am­-11 pm tomorrow and 11 am- 6 pm on Sunday. Tickets cost $35 per person, per day or $75 for a three-day VIP pass.

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Opening tonight at 8 pm at the International City Theatre in Long Beach is Facing East, a play about a Mormon couple dealing with the suicide of their gay son. A champagne reception with playwright Carol Lynn Pearson precedes the curtain at 7 pm while a Talk Back with the audience and a Reception at L'Opera restaurant follows the performance.

It's LA Pride weekend where about 400,000 other revelers, both gay and straight, take to the the streets of WeHo for one of the biggest gay pride celebrations in the country, With the theme “PRIDE 365: Power. Passion. Purpose,” the weekend will feature performances by Fantasia, Deborah Cox, Blake Lewis and Teri Nunn & Berlin.

The New Short Fiction Series™ presents “Do That Again” by Kate Millkien tonight 8 pm at the Beverly Hills Public Library Auditorium. The event stars spoken word artist Sally Shore, with guest cast Jessica Hopper (House), CC Pulitzer (Perfect Prey) and David St. James (iCarly’s The Perpetually Angry Mr. Howard). Admission is $10.00.

There are a few hours left to the Guide Dogs of America Open House. Visitors are welcome to the seven-acre GDA facility in Sylmar and take a tour, see a guide dog demonstration and observe puppies in training as they navigate an obstacle course of distraction (until 2 pm). And - it's free! The Silent Auction Closes at 2:30 pm and tours are every 30 minutes. The open house closes at 4 pm.

Tonight at IO West Theatre in Hollywood presents “The Really Late Morning Show” tonight at 8 pm. The show’s hosted by Hosted by Grace Parra and Paul Wright and features morning talk show fodder. The duo will feature guests Amani Starnes & the Really Late Morning Show House Band. Guests include psychic Silvana Fillmore and zumba and burlesque chair instructor Monique Ramirez. Tickets are $10.