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Pencil This In: Bollywood Dance Party, Free 'Ruby Sparks' Screening and The Zeros at the Troubadour

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Friday has finally arrived, and we've combed through a lot of listings so you don't have to. There's an eclectic mix tonight with a dead authors reading; The Zeros bring back the golden days of punk; a new Bollywood dance party launches; there's free sneak preview of Ruby Sparks and oh so much more. Read on for all the details.

DEAD AUTHORS
826LA, with the help of friends at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, present an evening of conversation between two dead authors. This month, H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes The Marquis de Sade (Andy Daly) to the stage to discuss his life and work. And audience members get to ask the Marquis questions, too. Tickets are $5, and all proceeds benefit 826LA. 6:30 pm.

MUSIC
The iconic American punk band The Zeros, who helped usher in the 70s West Coast punk scene, play the Troubadour tonight. Also on the bill are The Muffs and Flytraps. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $18.

LITERATURE
LA-based writers Paula Priamos and Dana Johnson read and sign their new books tonight at 7:30 pm at Skylight Books. Priamos presents a memoir about her troubled father in The Shyster's Daughter, and Johnson reads from her coming-of-age-novel Elsewhere, California.

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DANCE
Jai Ho! Bollywood Dance party debuts tonight at the Belasco Theatre. It’s an evening of Bollywood dance and mashup tracks. There’s free henna (until 10:30 pm), signature Chaitini (a chai martini cocktail) and dance lessons for newbies. Doors at 9:30 with dance lessons starting at 10:30 pm. 21+. Entry: $10 before 10:30 pm, $15 after.

COMEDY
The Groundlings Theatre troupe opens its new comedy sketch show Groundlings All-Night Diner tonight at 8 pm in its redesigned space. Through Sept. 29. Ticket prices are $20, but VIP tickets for tonight’s show are $50 and include catering by Lala’s Argentine Grill, with wine from Cult, beer from Karl-Strauss, and Tito’s Vodka spiked root beer floats.

SNEAK PEEK*
Hammer Screenings presents a free sneak preview of Ruby Sparks tonight at 7:30 pm. Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) filmed part of the movie at the Hammer, in telling the story of a young novelist who achieved success early in his career but is now struggling with both his writing and romantic life. Things change when one of his characters (his muse) comes to life. A Q&A with Dayton, Faris and stars Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan follow the screening. Free, so get there early. Parking is $3 after 6 pm at the Hammer.

ART
THIS Los Angeles art gallery opens a solo solo exhibition of sculpture by the LA-based artist Jon Rajkovich. The Sun Below the Ceiling features Rajkovich’s abstract sculptures as a way to explore materials’ ability to conceal, reveal and disguise. The opening reception is from 7-10 pm tonight, and the show runs through Aug. 17.

*Pencil pick of the day

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