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Pencil This In: Mardi Gras at Amoeba, The Moth's New Location, Absurdist Comedy and LA Literature

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Happy Mardi Gras! Go out and get your party on tonight at Amoeba. Also in LA: Absurdist comedy at IO West; a tribute to Spike Jones (not Jonze) at the Paley Center; The Moth storytelling moves to another location on the Eastside; and Lawrence Weschler discusses LA's lit scene post-WW II with LA TImes' book critic David Ulin. Read on for all the details.

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The current exhibition at Crewest gallery includes work such as 'Love Connection' by Mas. (Image courtesy of Crewest)
MARDI GRAS
It’s Mardi Gras! Fat Tuesday! And Amoeba in Hollywood is celebrating New Orleans style today from 3-5 pm. DJs start at 3pm and a parade starts at 4:30 pm. There’s going to be a photo booth and Mardi Gras Gift Bags for the kids. If you have a musical instrument, bring it for the parade. A portion of the day’s proceeds will be donated to the Tipitina’s Foundation in New Orleans. So go buy something, too.

COMEDY
Writer, comedian, actress and food enthusiast Meg Favreau brings her solo show All the Darkness in My Heart: Absurd and Dark Solo Sketch Comedy tonight to IO West in Hollywood. It’s billed as absurdist, dark sketch comedy, where she’ll share “secrets to good health, (almost) eternal life” and “sweet knife skills.” 8:30 pm. Tickets: $5. If you can’t catch this week’s show, it plays once more next Tuesday (Feb. 28).

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Tonight the Paley Center holds a centennial celebration for Spike Jones (not Jonze) at 7:30 pm. Jones was the “godfather of musical mayhem” in the realms of comedy and music, who broke ground in a new medium: television. There’s a panel discussion tonight to discuss Jones’ career, with musical historian Dr. Demento as moderator, and Spike Jones, Jr., Helen Grayco, Ed Ruscha and Richard Carpenter. The event is free, but RSVPs are required.

STORY
The Moth on the Eastside moves from El Cid to a new location tonight at Los Globos (just down the street) on the third Tuesday of the month. Tonight’s theme is “Bosses”—so storytellers are asked to prepare a five-minute story about the head honcho—both good and bad. No reading from notes and no stand-up routines. Sign up at 7 pm with the stories beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $8 at the door. Venue is 21+. Organizers advise getting to the venue an hour ahead of time to get in (unless you buy $16 pre-sale tickets, which guarantee admittance).

LA LIT
If you can get in to ALOUD at the Central Library, it promises to be an interesting evening of conversation on LA’s mid-20th century literary life with author Lawrence Weschler in conversation with LA Times book critic David L. Ulin. Held in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time, From Exile to Home: Los Angeles Literary Life 1945 to 1980 examines how “In the years since World War II, the literature of Los Angeles, like much about the city, has shifted, becoming less a literature of exile than one of place.” Free. 7 pm. Standby only.

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