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Pencil This In: Captured Aural Phantasy Theater, 'Required Reading' at Gallery1988 (Melrose) and Jon Hamm in Chekhov's 'The Three Sisters'

'Required Reading' poster show opens at at Gallery1988-Melrose. ('Moby Dick' poster by Ken Taylor)
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Captured Aural Phantasy Theater presents the Superhero Variety Hour tonight at 7:30 pm at the Bootleg Theater. The theater troupe combines the drama and comedy of a vintage radio show by interpreting/retelling stories from old comic books. In between the superhero stories will be live entertainment, music and art. Tickets: $10 at the door.

Monger by the Barak Marshall Dance Theatre has West Coast Premiere at UCLA’s Royce Hall tonight at 8 pm. Monger is physical theater for 10 dancers combines elements of Gypsy, Balkan, classical and rock music, Monger is bold, highly emotive physical-theater for 10 dancers. “...The piece explores themes of power, free will and survival instinct through the story of a group of servants trapped in the basement of their abusive mistress’ home.” Tickets: $28/38/48 ($15 UCLA students).

The exhibit Required Reading, curated by OMGPosters and Rob Jones, opens at Gallery1988 (Melrose) tonight with a reception from 7-10 pm. The show features artwork from more than 40 artists, including Ken Taylor, Tom Whalen, Jermaine Rogers, Kevin Tong, Todd Slater, James Flames who created screenprints inspired by classic novels. Limited quantities of posters are available, so lineups for the opengin begin at 5 pm. The show runs through April 30.

L.A. Theatre Works records Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Westfeldt, Sarah Zimmerman, Jon Hamm and Reid Scott in Anton Chekhov's classic play The Three Sisters this weekend. Directed by Jenny Sullivan, Chekhov’s bittersweet play is a “wistful romance of missed chances and wasted opportunities.” All performances will be recorded to air on L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theater series,which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations and can be streamed on demand at Tonight at 8 pm, Saturday at 2:30 pm and Sunday at 4 pm. Tickets: 
$20, $36, $49.

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