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Pencil This In: Ranting and Raving on Chemicals, LACE Launches Public Interest and Book Talk on Goat Farming

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Brad Kessler discusses his book at Vroman's.

Brad Kessler discusses his book at Vroman's.
Tonight's time for Rogue Machine's monthly Rant & Rave series. Producers Roxanne Hart & John Pollono bring together a number of LA's writers and give them a topic and a time limit and let them go: "It's an evening of cathartic thinking by some of the most dangerous minds in the city." Tonight's original works will be presented by Lisa Brenner, Ann Bronston, Caroline Fogarty, Jack Fris, Gary Gilbert, Parker Mills, Elain Rinehart and Patty Tierce. The topic? Chemicals. Tickets: $15, but you get $5 off if you show a past due bill from the past two months. 8 pm tonight at Rogue Machine in Theater Theater.
There’s a panel discussion tonight at 7:30 at the Aero Theater on everything you wanted to know about producing web-based entertainment. Panelists include Jim Burns, Executive Producer of Fear Clinic,; Illeana Douglas, Creator/Writer/Actor, Easy to Assemble, Mark Gantt, Executive Producer/Co-Writer/Actor The Bannen Way, Peter Hyoguchi, CEO, Strike.TV; Amber J. Lawson, Comedy Publisher at, Brady Brim-DeForest, CEO of; David Fickas, Drama 3/4 Productions and others. Tickets: $20, $15 for students/seniors and $12 for Cinematheque members. BOOKS
Brad Kessler discusses and signs Goat Song tonight at Vroman's in Pasadena at 7 pm. Kessler, a “Saab-driving ex-Manhattanite,” and his wife one day decide to buy a pair of Nubian goats and dive into the world of goat farming and cheese making. He details the adventure in his new book.

Now’s here a Hollywood Fringe Festival title that caught our eye: My Penis - In and Out of Trouble. The award-winning solo performer Antonio Sacre explores sex and sexuality in humorous and surprising without getting exploitive. The production takes to the Theatre Asylum stage today at 4 pm. Tickets are $10.

The Paley Center is hosting a TV family reunion of sorts for the cast of the iconic Leave it to Beaver series tonight at 7 pm. Appearing in person are: Jerry Mathers (Theodore ‘Beaver’ Cleaver), Tony Dow (Wally Cleaver), Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell) and Frank Bank, (Clarence ‘Lumpy’ Rutherford). Tickets: $15, $10 members.

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LACE launches Public Interest, a year-long initiative tonight with a kickoff party tonight from 8-10 pm. The series of installations, projects and residencies will showcase contemporary art, architecture and design practices that challenge “standard notions of public space and demonstrate the role creative actions can play in bringing out the vibrancy of a place and its people.” Tonight’s launch includes special performances by ft Bibles, John Kilduff, Portable City Projects, ASAP and Divya Victor.

We’ve had a history of overestimating of American power from WWI to Vietnam to Iraq. Tonight,Zócalo welcomes journalist Peter Beinart, author of The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris, who’ll explain why it’s been so difficult to acknowledge the limits of American power. 7:30 pm at the Actors’ Gang in Culver City. Free, but reservations recommended.

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