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Pencil This In: Merlot Murder Mysteries Launch, Party for a Cause

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Today’s the last day for Hannah Beth’s “Things I Love” pop-up shop at Royal/T in Culver City. Her collection features reconstructed vintage fashions, art, jewelry, sunglasses and accessories of Laeken, Lily L, Esther Kim, Danny Roberts, Ivy Ensley, Adri Law, Lauren Ishii, Lulu Christine and Cinderella.

Philanthro Productions, a nonprofit dedicated to providing LA’s young urbanites with opportunities to give back, will host its 2nd Annual Cystic Fibrosis benefit themed “The White Party: Savor the Summer” at Boulevard 3 in Hollywood tonight from 9 pm to 2 am. A $20 ticket buys guests complimentary treats including tequila tasting at 10 pm in the Ballroom, fresh fruit chocolate fondue and an authentic fajita bar. Music provided by KCRW’s Jason Bentley, DJ Ben of Super Cr3w, winners of “America’s Best Dance Crew 2,” and Sleeper, two-time “Hip Hop Congress” winner and commercial remixer for the Kanye West and Lady GaGa tour.  

Highways Performance Space presents the production Homosensuality: A Psychedelic Gay Spirit Space Odyssey tonight and tomorrow at 8:30 pm. Performance artists Ian MacKinnon and Clint Steinhauser use spoken word, movement, video and sound collage, where “memories, dreams, erections, myth, magic, and hist-orgies converge into a must-see transcendent queer vision of the future.” Also expect “GAYlien encounters, black hole rimming, childhood orgasms,” and a cast that includes local artists: Blu Donald Richard Bluestein, Eric Yu, Dan Poirier and Anson Sky.

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LA artist Steve Montiglio’s work illustrates the Merlot Murder Mysteries series, which is “one part Edgar Allen Poe, a dash of Dita Von Teese, and a sprinkle of Clive Barker enthusiastically stirred in a fermentation vat by Vincent Price.” The series holds its launch in LA tonight with an art show, book signing and Kestrel Vintner wine tasting at Meltdown Comics at 7 pm. Author Adria Lang will be on hand to sign first-edition copies of For the Sake of the Vine, the first title in the series. The art show continues through Sept. 25.

Annette Bening takes to the stage in the title role of Medea, directed by Lenka Udovicki. It’s a new interpretation of Euripides’ classic, complete with choreographed Greek chorus, Persian-influenced live music and stunning visual effects. Medea represents the first theater production created entirely by UCLA Live and previews tonight, tomorrow and Sept. 20, 22 at Freud Playhouse (in UCLA’s Macgowan Hall). Preview prices are $30-$50, which is a real bargain compared first-run tickets of $80-$100. Tonight’s show starts at 8 pm.

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