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Arts and Entertainment

Pencil This In: Acrobaticalist Ninja Theater, Cabaret Automata, Green Flash Brewing Rarities and 'Dr. Strangelove'

Nanda Acrobaticalist Ninja Theater takes over the El Portal this weekend and next. (Image:
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TGIF! We found a few ways to kick off the weekend, including a cabaret/variety/puppet show, a ninja acrobat theater, a screening of Stanley Kubrick's 'Dr. Strangelove,' a Green Flash Brewery tasting night and an evening of risky storytelling. Read on for all the details:

The first Cabaret Automata takes place at Automata Arts in Chinatown tonight at 8 pm. Co-hosted by Moira MacDonald and Christian Cummings, the evening promises an array of performers presenting puppetry, film, miniatures, music, performance art and more, all under theme of The World. Tickets: $15, $12 members/students/seniors. Runs tomorrow night as well.

NANDA is a four-man “acrobaticalist ninja theater” troupe presenting The Jacket—a high-energy production that mixes comedy, kung-faux fighting and pop-culture parodies. The performers incorporate dance, juggling, acrobatics and circus tricks. Rhythmic Juggling Beatboxer Bronkar Lee opens the show at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. Runs through this weekend and next. Tickets: $40-$50.

The Surly Goat holds a Green Flash Brewing Rarities Night tonight starting at 6 pm. Join Green Flash’s Quinn Taubenheim and Dave Adams for an evening of tasting a few of the San Diego brewery’s rarities. Taplist Includes the LA debut of Treasure Chest Belgian Blonde and Green Bullet Double IPA.

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NerdMelt presents the Risk! storytelling show tonight at 9 pm. People tell true stories they’d never thought they share in public. Tonight’s storytellers—Eric Andre, Sara Benincasa, Oscar Sagastume, Dave Ross and Eric Martin—have been given the topic of "Eek!" Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

The LACMA film series 2012: A Kubrick Odyssey continues tonight at 7:30 pm with a screening of the Cold War satireDr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). With a script coauthored by Terry Southern, Dr. Strangelove is rife with absurdities all leading to the earth’s destruction. Peter Sellers plays three roles in the comedy, with a cast that also features George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden and Slim Pickens. Appearing in person tonight is graphic designer Pablo Ferro, whose credits include Dr. Strangelove and A Clockwork Orange. Tickets: $10; $7 for LACMA members, seniors (62+), and students with valid ID; $5 LACMA Film Club members and Academy members with valid ID.

*Pencil pick of the day

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