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Pencil This In: Lucha Libre, Literary Death Match, a Baseball Panel on Community Baseball Leagues

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Here’s what’s happening tonight in LA. Four writers battle it out in a Literary Death Match, Mexican wresting and comedy from Lucha Libre, a free concert with IO Echo, an art show from LA's news community, talks on LA's baseball communities of color, music ties between America and Africa and a spoof on Downton Abbey. Read on for all the details.

There's another Literary Death Match tonight at Busby's East. The night features four readers, including actress/author Sarah Thyre (author of Dark at the Roots: A Memoir and a Strangers with Candy co-star), porn memoirist Oriana Small (a.k.a. Ashley Blue, author of Girlvert), writer/novelist Steve Hely (author of How I Became a Famous Novelist), and Vermin on the Mount curator Jim Ruland (author of Big Lonesome). They'll be judged tonight by food writer Jonathan Gold (recipient of three James Beard Journalism Awards in 2012), comedian Michelle Buteau and OK Go's bassist/vocalist Timothy Nordwind! Like Highlander, there can only be one. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9:25 pm. Cost: $10 online (until 3 pm) or $15 at the door. The first 125 people get Simon Rich's new novel — What in God's Name..

Lucha Vavoom celebrates its 10th Anniversary Spectacular tonight at the Mayan Theatre in Downtown LA. On the program is a little sexo (Kitten DeVille, Roky Roulette, Karis, Diamondback Annie, Lucy Fur, Ursulina, Ming Dynatease, Lux Lacroix, Bonita Labelle , Moana Santana, Leigh Acosta and The Poubelle Twins), violencia (Mexican wrestling superstar Diamante Azul, Diva Salvaje and Cristal, Team USA, Team America, Team Gay, Team Minis and the birth of Baby Dirty Sanchez), comedy (Blaine Capatch, Jeff Davis, Tom Kenny, Dana Gould, Howard Kremer and Rev. Brown). Doors at 7 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $20-$65.

Tonight at Dilettante in DTLA, IHEARTCOMIX presents an evening of DJs and live music by Io Echo and Cold Showers. There’s also a great art lineup featuring the works of Jenae Wilkens, Lizzy G, Demonbabies, The Church of Anthrax, Ariana Kiriaki Papademetropolis and a screening of Harmony Korine’s short film, Caput. Free with RSVP. 21+ only.

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The Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) presents the panel discussionBeyond Dodger Stadium: L.A.’s Community Leagues tonight at 7 pm. Led by a panel of historians, writers and community leaders, the event focuses on the history and presence of Los Angeles' Latino, African-American and Japanese-American baseball leagues. Featured speakers tonight are Tomas J. Benitez, Terry Cannon, Daryl Russell Grigsby, and Bobby Umemoto. To view full bios of the panelists click here. Refreshments will be served. $7.

There’s an opening reception tonight from 7-11 pm at NoHo Gallery LA for the Art of News group show. The exhibition features the personal artworks of photographers, videographers, news broadcasters, producers and others working in the news media. The exhibition runs through Sept. 9.

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre presents the “solo costume drama parody” Murder Abbey, written and performed by Brigade member Kate Hess. She rips apart the stodgy Masterpiece Theatre conventions with her irreverent characters, which include a,Miss Beecher, the nosy old lady detective who just “wants to get laid ONCE before she dies.” 8 pm. Tickets: $5.

Tonight at 7 pm, the Fowler Museum presents the program Africa Speaks, America Answers with UCLA historian Robin D. G. Kelley and KCRW DJ Tom Schnabel. It’s part of the Fowler OutSpoken Conversation series, and the two discuss American jazz’s influence on African music and vice versa, particularly in the late 1950s and 60s. After the talk, Kelley sign copies of his new book Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times. Free.

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