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Pencil This In: A Multimedia Opera, Slackers Week at the New Beverly and a Monthly Cartoon Dump

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Sigh. The weekend's over—but going out doesn't have to stop. Tonight in LA, we found a multimedia opera, a Cheech and Chong and Harold & Kumar double (or double double) feature; live comedy and bad cartoons; music for a school night and samba reggae at the Ford. Read on for all the details.

The multimedia chamber opera The Face, composed by Donald Crockett (USC Chair of Composition, USC), with the libretto based on a novella by David St. John (Professor of English, USC), is presented tonight (and tomorrow) at the Aratani/Japan America Theater in DTLA. Set in Venice Beach, the program of music, film and choreography focuses on the price of fame, desire, loss and creativity. Tickets: $15-$95.

It’s Slacker Week at the New Beverly,and tonight they celebrate with a double feature of the 1978 Cheech and Chong's film Up in Smoke, followed by Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle with John Cho and Kal Penn. Tickets: $8.

It’s time for a monthly Cartoon Dump at the Trempany House at the Steve Allen Theater tonight at 8 pm. Writer and creator Frank Conniff (Mystery Science Theater 3000) and Erica Doering will perform with guest comedians Jackie Kashian, Brian Kiley and Hannah Gansen. It’s an evening of live comedy and really bad cartoons.

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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. Playing live are Chester French, ESP and Snowblink with DJ sets by POP ETC and Mara Schwartz.
10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

The Ford Amphitheatre’s J.A.M. session tonight presents an evening of Samba Reggae Dance Party tonight at 7 pm. The dance company Viver Brasil presents the rich cultural traditions of Northeastern Brazil. Get ready to get off the bleachers and shake your booty under the summer sky. Bring the family—it’s recommended for all ages.

*Pencil pick of the day

Want more events? Follow me on Twitter (@christineziemba). Or follow Lauren Lloyd—who takes care of Pencil on Wednesdays (@LadyyyLloyd).