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Arts and Entertainment

Pencil This In: John Cage Tribute Concert, French Stewart as Buster Keaton, Estonian Dancers and Surreal Poetry

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Happy Memorial Day weekend, all! If you're sticking around town, we found a few great events happening tonight. Check out: a a John Cage tribute concert in a window on Third Street; the debut of a new comedy show Lyrical Gangster at NerdMelt, Estonian dancers; French Stewart at Buster Keaton; and surreal poetry. Read on for all the details.

JOHN CAGE
Craft in America Study Center (located next to Freehand Gallery on Third Street) holds a John Cage Tribute Concert in its window to celebrate the work of the experimental composer. The concert features the vocals of Argenta Walther; Heather Lockie on viola; Vimbayi Kaziboni on percussion; Maggie Hasspacher on bass; and Sarah Gibson on piano. 8 pm. Free.

COMEDY
Tonight at 8 pm, NerdMelt hosts Matt McKenna (American Dad, Team Coco), who premieres his new comedy showLyrical Gangster. Matt and special guest performers Galloway Allbright, Lauren Flans and Dan Mahoney uses lyrics from classic songs, tosses the actual music aside, and puts the words to use in funny situational contexts for a night of comedic monologues and sketches. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

THEATER*
French Stewart, best known for his six seasons with the NBC show 3rd Rock From The Sun, stars in Stoneface, a new play that opens tonight at Sacred Fools Theatre. The production focuses on the silent film star Buster Keaton as we never knew him: “over-the-hill, alcoholic, and struggling to regain the magic that once made him one of the greatest stars of Hollywood and the silent film era.” Written by Vanessa Stewart, the play uses music, film and live action to tell the story of Buster’s past and present. 8 pm. Runs through June 30. Tickets: $25.

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DANCE
Pearlman/Performance Projects presents the dance program From Estonia with Lovetonight at 8 pm at Live Arts Los Angeles. Choreographer Cid Pearlman returns to LA with five dance artists from America and Estonia for an evening of “intelligent and deeply embodied dancing.” Pearlman’s This is what we do in winter features an original score by composer Jonathan Segel (Camper Van Beethoven). Tickets: $15.50 in advance, $20 at the door.

POETRY
The Beyond Baroque Arts Center in Venice welcomes writers Janice Lee, author of Kerotakis and Daughter, winner of best nonfiction for Black Warrior Review, and Tisa Bryant, author of Unexplained Presence, for an evening of “poetry of the surreal nature.” Curated by Will Alexander. 7 pm. Admission $7, students/seniors/children $5, Beyond Baroque members are free.

*Pencil pick of the day

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