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Pencil This In: An 'Engagement Party,' Culinary Classical Music, Jenny Owens Young at the Bootleg

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There's an eclectic mix of events around town tonight, including CamLab's final "Engagement Party" at MOCA, music for food lovers at the Broad Stage, The Moth takes over UCLA Live with special storytellers and Jenny Owen Youngs plays the Bootleg. Oh yes, and we can't forget about Happy Hour Week in Old Pasadena. Read on for all the details.

We love the pop sensibilities of Jenny Owen Youngs, and wish we could make her show tonight at the Bootleg Bar. She first captured our attention when her song "Fuck Was I" was featured in Showtime's Weeds, and her later music has been just as awesome. Doors at 8 pm and the show at 9. Opening are Little Hurricane and Rene Breton. Tickets: $12-$15.

Experimental music composer and Metal Machine Trio member Ulrich Krieger talks about the Lou Reed SoundLab Installation, Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe tonight at 7 pm at University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach. The audio installation allows museum visitors to hear a groundbreaking composition exactly as Reed heard it while performing onstage.

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UCLA Live hosts The Moth storytelling series tonight at Royce Hall at 8 pm. The special Moth Mainstage show focuses on the theme of "Rush: Stories of Ticking Clocks" with stories by Jenny Allen, Kodi Azari, Annie Duke, Brian Finkelstein and Jerry Stahl. Tickets from $20 ($15 UCLA Students). There were only a handful of tickets left the last time we checked.

The CamLab art collective wraps up its residency at MOCA Grand Avenue with an Engagement Party tonight from 7-10 pm. In a large, hands-on effort, the group will “instrumentalize” money and for a large-scale hands-on group gathering in an "efficiently excessive installation for a material meditation on the distribution of resources." The duo’s Engagement Party series ends with a live performance by Hotel La Rut.

Book Soup hosts readings from the literary magazine The Rattling Wall, Issue 2,tonight at 7 pm with readers Katie Arnoldi, Lou Mathews and Michelle Meyering.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) opens its Westside Connection chamber music series tonight at 7:30 at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Tonight's special guest is food writer and culinary authority Michael Ruhlman, whose latest book is Ruhlman’s Twenty: The Ideas and Techniques that Will Make You a Better Cook. Music selections include works by Puccini, Rossini, Schoenfield and Falla. He'll discuss the food-themed music, followed by audience Q&A. Tickets: $45 or $120 for the three concert series.
As we mentioned earlier, many of Old Pasadena's restaurants, bars and lounges offer extended food and drink specials during the second annual Happy Hour Week, which technically is two weeks: March 1 to March 15. From $1 martinis and $2 beers to $3 gourmet sushi and appetizers, go out and do your part to stimulate the economy.

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