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Pencil This In: Reminiscing about 'Must See TV,' Tim and Eric In Person and Artists Play Creative Telephone on Stage

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Tim and Eric do live commentary tonight during their Billion Dollar Movie.' (Photo: Courtesy of Tim and Eric)
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Remember when Thursday nights on NBC meant something funny was going to be on TV? Tonight the Paley Center hosts the discussion and book signing Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV with author Warren Littlefield, former president of NBC Entertainment. Appearing with Littlefield are James Burrows (Producer/Director; Cheers, Will & Grace); Marta Kauffman (Cocreator/Executive Producer, Friends); David Nevins, president of Entertainment, Showtime and former SVP, Primetime Series at NBC during the “must see TV” era; and actor Noah Wyle. 7 pm. Free, but reservations are required. A book signing of Littlefield’s book follows the program.

Tonight, the Downtown Independent presents Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie at 8 pm—with Tim & Eric in person riffing live during the screening. The two celebrate the DVD/Blu-Ray release of the film. Get their early (doors at 7) for two for $6 Tecate special. Stay after for more cheap beer, snack, raffles and and the tunes of DJ Bonez McCoy. Tickets: $10 online or $15 at door (if available). If you can’t make it tonight, the duo are also doing a signing at Amoeba on Sunset at 6 pm.

Athena Theatre In Association with Bootleg Theater present Synesthesia, a live, annual event that crosses both performing and visual arts genres. Eight artists have been selected to participate. The first was asked to select a fortune cookie and then given two weeks to create a work inspired by the fortune. The next artist then sees the first work and has two weeks to design another piece inspired by the first work (never having seen the fortune). This progression continues through the eight artists. This game of "creative telephone" will culminates in tonight’s live, in-sequence performance by dancers, singers, actors, composers, spoken word artists and musicians. Tonight and Mondays only at 7:30 pm through June 11th. Tickets: $10.

Performing live tonight for It’s a School Night at Bardot are Alt+J at 9:30 pm; Miracle Days at 10:30 pm and Jesca Hoop (11:45 pm). DJ sets by Maydoubt (11 pm) and Keaton at 12:15 am. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

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