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Pencil This In: 'Little Shop of Horrors' on Stage, Political Film, the Skirball's Sunset Concert Series and Neil Diamond

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There are number of great events happening tonight in LA: The Sunset Concert Series continues at the Skirball; 'Little Shop of Horrors' opens in Glendale; a baseball book signing and lecture in Burbank; 'The War Room' screens at the Hammer and Neil Diamond's in concert for a Hot August Night (redux). Read on for all the details.

The long-running off-Broadway musical Little Shop of Horrors opens tonight at 8 pm at the Glendale Centre Theatre. Created by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, the musical is based on a 1960 Roger Corman film, and focuses on a nerdy florist shop worker who raises a people-eating plant. The show closes on Oct. 6. Tickets: $22-$28.

To celebrate and/or lament the upcoming presidential election, the Hammer Museum continues its screening of a series of political documentaries over the next few weeks, each offering a new perspective on elections and the political machine. Screening tonight is The War Room (1993), which focuses on James Carville, George Stephanopoulos and Bill Clinton strategizing on the 1992 presidential election and how to beat George H.W. Bush. 7:30 pm. Free.

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In 1972, Neil Diamond played 10 (yes 10!) sold-out shows at the Greek Theatre. The concerts were commemorated in the multiplatinum double album Hot August Night, one of Diamond’s best-selling albums ever. Tonight, he plays the Greek (one of five shows) for a 40th anniversary celebration. He’s playing his hits including “Cracklin’ Rosie”, “Sweet Caroline”, “I Am…I Said” and many more. 8 pm. Tickets: $49-$250.

Tim Wendel, author of Summer of '68: The Season That Changed Baseball—and America—Forever, presents a lecture and multimedia presentation tonight at 7 pm at the Burbank Central Library Auditorium. While America was in the midst of a turbulent year, 1968 proved to be the “Year of the Pitcher.” Attendees can also view the Baseball Reliquary exhibition, Bad Moon Rising: Baseball and the Summer of '68, which is based on Wendel's book. Free.

Tonight (and every Thursday), The Spare Room hosts a weekly live music series. On the bill tonight is Pyyramids, a new collaboration between OK Go’s Tim Nordwind and singer Drea Smith. Free entry for those 21+. RSVP and/or more info:

The Skirball Center continues its Sunset Concert Series tonight at 8 pm, with LA’s own La Santa Cecilia. The sextet combines “up-tempo Latin rhythms, Mexican melodies, and Afro-Cuban percussion with rock and jazz vibes.” Be prepared to dance under the stars or view exhibits that are open late. Free, no reservations required. Hint: Carpool or take Metro Rapid 761 because parking is $10 per car (cash only).

*Pencil pick of the day

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