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Pencil This In: 'The Neverending Story' & 'Labyrinth' Drinking Game, Slake Readings and Jazz in Echo Park, John Cage Music

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Drinking, costume contest and 'The Neverending Story' tonight with Cinema Speakeasy.

Drinking, costume contest and 'The Neverending Story' tonight with Cinema Speakeasy.

Cinema Speakeasy hosts a double feature drink-along tonight for The Neverending Story & Labyrinth. Costumes are encouraged for this evening of sci-fi debauchery at the Downtown Independent. Doors at 7 for some pre-movie drinking and the costume contest and parade starts at 7:45. The Neverending Story starts at 8 pm and Labyrinth starts at 10 pm. Tickets available at the door for $12 or presale for $10. Read the drinking game rules here.

Slake has put together an evening of jazz and literature, featuring live jazz from The Garret Lang trio and readings from its first two issues as well as preview pieces from issue #3. Readers include artist Sandow Birk, OC Register reporter Cindy Carcamo, John Tottenham, John Albert, Richard Lange, Sam Slovick and Slake co-editors Joe Donnelly and Laurie Ochoa. 8 pm. RSVP recommended.

The Craft in America Study Center explores the book as a medium in its current exhibition One by One.The exhibition gathers works of influential book artists—Carolee Campbell, Rebecca Chamlee, Julie Chen, Johanna Drucker, Barbara Maloutas, Kitty Maryatt, Katherine Ng, Harry Reese and Sandra Reese—and is on view through May 14th. Tonight, there’s a reception and artist talk with Julie Chen from 5-7 pm. RSVP to or 310-659-9022.

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The Skirball welcomes actor/activist Ted Danson in conversation with fellow actor/environmental activist Mary Steenburgen (who also happens to be his wife). He’ll discuss his book Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them. When not acting, Danson is a founder of the nonprofit organization American Oceans Campaign. 8 pm. Free, but advance tickets recommended.

Pasadena artist and musician Steve Roden and sound artist and musician Mark Trayle perform musical compositions written by John Cage at the Norton Simon Museum tonight at 7 pm. The Cartridge Music performance is being held in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel: An Artwork by John Cage.

*Pencil pick of the day

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