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Pencil This In: Literary Los Angeles Road Guide, Warblers in Concert, wild Up Classical Music and the LA Women's Theatre Festival

There's an opening reception tonight from 6-9 pm for Elad Lassry's exhibition at David Kordansky Gallery. (Image: Untitled (Rosewood Picture), 2012, courtesy of the artist and gallery.)
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There are a number of eclectic events going on around town tonight, including a release party of an LA lit map at the Echo Park Time Travel Mart; two Warblers in concert in Hollywood; wild Up's new classical music; the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival; an opera by Overtone Industries and the Duckbits clown duo. Read on for all the details. LIT MAP*
The Echo Park Time Travel Mart and 826LA celebrates the release of Literary Los Angeles: A Road Guide tonight at 7:30 pm. The Guide is a map of LA that includes all the literary pit stops in town, from Long Beach to San Fernando, Malibu to East LA. The festivities include drinks and readings from map contributors, including Los Angeles-based writers Wanda Coleman, Nina Revoyr, Luis J. Rodriguez and David Ulin. Tickets: $12. Proceeds benefit 826LA.

Two of Glee’s Warblers—Dominic Barnes and Curt Mega—are in concert tonight and tomorrow at 8:30 pm at The Coterie in the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. It’s an interactive, cabaret-style evening with special guests including Kimberly Whalen and Lauren Claire Chavez. Caveat: Pricing is a little confusing. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door an hour before showtime (with a door fee added). Standing room only is also available at the bar in advance for $5 ($10 at the door). A $20 food/drink minimum per person will apply for all dining room seats and a one drink minimum for people standing at the bar. Got all that?

Tonight wild Up presents a concert at Beyond Baroque, showcasing the music of young composers from both coasts. Featured in the program, Craft new music: Brooklyn vs. Los Angeles, are the works of Timo Andres, Art Jarvinen, Andrew Norman, Andrew Tholl, Missy Mazzoli, Andrew McIntosh, Odeya Nini and Christopher Rountree. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 cash at the door. Tonight at 9 pm, tomorrow at 3 pm.

The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival takes over The Electric Lodge this weekend to present works of theatre, dance, music, performance poetry, performance art and storytelling by women from around the world. Tonight’s theme, “Our Bodies, Not Ourselves,”features: Barbara Cole in Surviving Chrysalis; Ingrid Graham in Eagle Woman; Nicole Maxali in I Heart Lola; and KT Shorb in Uno Corda: A Ritual. 8 pm.

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The Velaslavasay Panorama presents Duckbits: Are We Not Human? tonight and tomorrow at 8 pm. Duckbits is the female clown duo Ilana Gustafson Turner and Keirin Brown, who use dance, slapstick and zaniness to take the audience on a journey on the weird and absurd parts of human nature. Tickets: $15, $12 VPES Members.

Overtone Industries presents the world premiere of its new medieval opera The Woman in the Wall tonight at 8 pm at the Masonic Lodge in Culver City. “Inspired by the 14th Century tradition of The Anchoress, the opera is a ‘mystery play’ in the ancient tradition; it explores the openings and paths inside that are revealed when all doors are locked shut.” At the center is a woman who volunteers to be enclosed for the rest of her life in a church cell—with one window open to the sacred world and the other open to the ordinary world. Pay attention to the ticket prices: $25 for Peasants (seating closest to the performers), $40 for Royalty (seating in the middle of the performance space), and $50 for the Virtuous (reserved seating on an elevated platform).

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