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Pencil This In: Literary Death Matches, Restaurant Comedy and Digital Storytelling

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There are a number of great events happening around LA tonight. Here's what we got going on: Lit death matches, risky storytelling, a play that lampoons celeb chef culture, a digital storytelling panel discussion and more. Read on for all the details:


Gala Mitchell, Colville Square, 1971, is just one of Peter Schlesinger's works on display at Duke and Duke Gallery on Melrose. (Image: Courtesy of the artist and gallery.)
The comedic one-act play Pig: A Restaurant makes its LA debut tonight at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre tonight at 8 pm. Written by Leila Cohan-Miccio, a former Grub Street editor, and starring Lauren Conlin Adams, the solo show lampoons everything from celeb chef culture to ultra-locavorism. If you can’t make it out tonight, there’s another show next Thursday at 7 pm. Tickets: $5, which includes admission to both Pig: A Restaurant and Mike Still: Dictator for Life.

Literary Death Match (LDM) now calls LA its official home, taking up residency at Busby's East. Part reading and part reality show, LDM pits several writers against each other—and judged by a panel of critics in front of an audience. The word-minded challengers are Edan Lepucki (If You’re Not Yet Like Me); Ben Loory (Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day); PEN Emerging Voices Fellow Natashia Deón, and The Los Angeles Review of Books' Matthew Specktor (That Summertime Sound). Judges are Daily Show writer Chris Regan, Megan Amram and Natasha Leggero. Doors at 8:15 pm; show at 9:05. Tickets: $7 preorder; $10 at the door.

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There’s a free public conference/panel discussion at the Santa Monica Main Library on History Visible: The Practice of Applying Digital Storytelling in Art, Performance and Community Building. On the panel are Joe Lambert, founder of the Berkeley-based Center for Digital Storytelling; along with Judy Baca, founder of Social Public Art Resource Center; John Malpede, founder of Los Angeles Poverty Department; and moderator Christian Bordal of KCRW. The discussion will focus on community-based arts projects, including building a community narrative through various media, “from the paintbrush to the iPhone.” 7-9 pm.

There's an opening reception tonight at the Duke & Duke Gallery for an exhibition of sculptures and photography by Peter Schlesinger. This exhibition traces his evolution as an artist from painter to photographer and to his current work in sculpture. The opening reception will be held tonight from 6-8 pm. The exhibition is up through March 16.

NerdMelt at Meltdown Comics hosts RISK! Storytelling Show tonight at 8 pm. People are asked to tell true stories that they never expected to share in public. RISK! Live in LA is hosted by comedians Kumail Nanjiani and Pete Holmes and features stories by TV, film and literary celebs. Tonight it’s Fantasies vs. Real Life with Bobcat Goldthwait, Andy Behrman, Stacy Mayer and Eliza Skinner. Tickets: $10.

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