Pencil This In: Broadway Showtunes, Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction and a Mariachi J.A.M. Session
Here's what's going on in LA tonight. Don't fret—most of these events happen indoors, like an evening of showtunes by Broadway performers at Rockwell; a groundbreaking event at the Paley Center as they welcome the first online series in their public programs; sexy, erotic, and comical stories at NerdMelt and a number of music acts at Bardot. The one event outdoors is a Ford J.A.M. session this evening. Read on for all the details.
Rockwell: Table & Stage continues a monthly Broadway Barre series where LA’s musical theater community comes together to perform showtunes. With musical direction by Christopher Lloyd Bratten and hosted by Broadway's Kate Pazakis, the evening features guest co-host Barrett Foa (Broadway's Avenue Q and CBS's “NCIS:LA”) with performers Michael Leon Wooley (Disney’s “Princess and the Frog”, Broadway’s Little Shop of Horrors), Megan Reinking (Broadway’s Million Dollar Quartet, Hair), Ali McGinnis and Walter O'Neil (Broadway’s Wicked), Kyra Selman (Broadway’s Beauty And The Beast), Morgan Karr (Broadway’s Spring Awakening) and some of the touring cast of Mary Poppins, which is now playing at the Ahmanson. General admission is free, but preferred seating is $10. Two-item minimum for all.
The Paley Center in Beverly Hills welcomes cast and creators of the online sitcom, Husbands, tonight at 7 pm. It’s the first online series to be hosted by the Paley Center, acknowledging the force the smaller screen has become. The show follows a young gay couple who make the same newlywed mistakes as any other hetero couple. The comedy was created by Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time) and writer/actor Brad Bell (Pop-Up Video), who both appear tonight. Also expected are cast members Sean Hemeon and Alessandra Torresani as well as director and executive producer Jeff Greenstein. They’re going to sneak peek the season 2 premiere (available online on Wednesday and features Joss Whedon). Ben & Jerry's ice cream social follows the program. Tickets: $7, $5 for Paley members.
Tonight at 9 pm, NerdMelt hosts an evening of Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction, a comedy show created and hosted by Bryan Cook. Tonight 10 comics write and perform erotic fan fiction pieces, based on their imagination or audience suggestions. The PR for the show is really awesome: “It's really stupid.” Tonight’s guests are Kyle Kinane, Baron Vaughn, Ali Wong, Dave Ross, Ian Karmel, Andy Haynes, Lisa Beth Johnson, Adam Cayton-Holland, Brandon Johnson and Andy Wood! Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
It’s a School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. On tap tonight are live performances by Diamond Rings, Only Son, Moostache, Helena and DJ sets by Maydoubt and Sosupersam. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.
The Ford Amphitheatre hosts a free J.A.M. Session tonight with the mariachi musicians of Grupo Aves. Musicians and singers of all levels are invited to jam with the band, so bring an instrument and learn Mariachi and traditional Mexican folk tunes. Spectators are welcome, too. Free. Recommended for ages 14 and up.
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