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Pencil This In: Bleeding Hearts Storytelling at the Skirball, 'Young Turks' Premiere, Psychotic Women on Film and Trombone Shorty

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TGIF! To celebrate the weekend, here what's going on in LA tonight—from brokenhearted storytelling in time for Valentine's Day to psychotic women on celluloid. We also found a multimedia puppetry production; a screening of 'Young Turks'; a production of 'Lysistrata Unbound' with Olympia Dukakis; and Gallery1988-Venice's new show. Read on for all the details.

Cinefamily continues the series House of Psychotic Women tonight at 10 pm with the screening of the film Secret Ceremony. Starring Elizabeth Taylor as a damaged hooker and Mia Farrow as an heiress/waif, Secret Ceremony is “a psycho-sexual pendulum that swings violently between Greek tragedy and V.C. Andrews-grade high camp.” Tickets: $12/free for members.

Janie Geiser's multidisciplinary puppetry performance work Clouded Sulpher premieres at Automata tonight. Developed in collaboration with playwright Erik Ehn and composer Valerie Opielski, Clouded Sulpher was created in response to the unsolved murder of a 15-year-old girl in Los Angeles. The work merges puppetry, projection, text and music. The production runs through Feb. 17. Tickets: $15 to $18.

Young Turks is a documentary by filmmakers Stephen Seemayer and Pamela Wilson, telling the story of the vibrant art scene that existed in LA’s urban core in the 1970s and '80s. Narrated by KPCC's Patt Morrison, the film has its world premiere tonight at 8 pm the Downtown Independent. A reception will be held at 7 pm, with a Q&A following the screening.

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The Skirball Center hosts an evening of storytelling in Say the Word: Bleeding Hearts tonight at 8 pm. Comedy writers step behind the mic to skewer Valentine’s Day a little early. Scheduled writer-performers are Wayne Federman (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Tim Bagley (Will and Grace), Cindy Chupack (Modern Family), Carlos Kotkin (Please God, Let It Be Herpes), Jon Kinnally (Ugly Betty) and Natalie Lindeman. The evening is hosted by UnCabaret’s Beth Lapides. Tickets: $15, $8 full-time students. 21+ show.

We love Trombone Shorty, who begins at two-night run at the El Rey with his band Orleans Avenue and opening act The Stone Foxes. Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews describes his sound as "Supafunkrock," and all we know is that the high-energy sound is a whole lot of fun. All ages. $27. 8 pm. (Tonight’s show is sold out, but tickets are still left for tomorrow night.)

Gallery1988 Venice holds an opening reception tonight from 7-10 pm for new exhibitions by Scott Listfield and Jeff Gillette. The show features prints and original paintings by each artist, who are both expected to attend the opening. The exhibition runs through Feb. 24.

Lysistrata Unbound, inspired by Aristophanes' Lysistrata, takes to the stage at the Getty Villa’s Auditorium this weekend. Sibling-actors Olympia and Apollo Dukakis head the cast in this new script-in-progress by playwright Eduardo Machado. It’s a prequel of sorts to Aristophanes’ play, in which an Athenian matron is transformed into the most celebrated peace activist of the ancient world. Tonight at 8 pm. Tickets: $7.

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