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MUSIC: Machine Project is back with an evening of experimental folk music mix. The evening features the sounds of Ryan Fuller, Julie Carpenter, Laura Steenberge, Ruthann Friedman, rickyricky, Pilar Diaz, Pawko and Marshweed.

8 pm // Machine Project // 1200 D. N. Alvarado, Downtown // Free.

THEATRE: The Anteus Company presents two nights of eight Noel Coward plays. Night Two takes place tonight featuring the plays: Come The Wild - Red Peppers, Fumed Oak, Still Life, Family Album.

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8 pm // Deaf West Theatre In The Noho Arts District // 5112 Lankershim Boulevard, NoHo // $30.


FILM: American Cinematheque at the Egyptian in Hollywood screens the 1925 silent film Variety (Varieté), a pretty risqué film for its time. It stars Emil Jannings (The Blue Angel), a former trapeze artist who abandons his wife and child for a young vamp. He ends up behind bars telling his sad story to a prison warden after he murders his mistress’ latest conquest.

7:30 pm // Egyptian Theatre // 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood // $10.

COMEDY: Say the Word at the Skirball is a comedy reading series from some of Hollywood's top writers. Presented lounge-style, with cocktails and light fare available for purchase. Tonight’s holiday- themed show is called “Whadja Get?” and features the hilarious musings of Kevin Nealon (Weeds, Saturday Night Live), Stephen Glass (The Fabulist), Cindy Chupack (Sex and the City), Jay Kogen (Frasier, The Simpsons) and Un-Cabaret’s Beth Lapides.

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8 pm // Skirball Cultural Center // 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles // $15.

LECTURE: Speaker Dr. Frank Luntz comes to The California Endowment to explore how candidates from both major political parties will communicate their values, positions and policies on health care. Luntz is the author of Words That Work: It’s Not What You Say It’s What People Hear and was a principal architect of Contract with America, which contributed to the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress.

7 pm // The California Endowment // 1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles // Free.

Photo by Jason Gulledge via flickr.