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Pencil This In: An All-Female 'Glengarry Glen Ross' Reading, Ken Roht's Miss Julie(n) and an 'Agtivist' Panel

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This week has been a great week for events in LA, and tonight's no different. The agenda is jam-packed and exhausting to look at: Jason Reitman's Live Read Series features an all-female cast tackling 'Glengarry Glen Ross'; Zola Jesus headlines the Echoplex; timewarp a decade in the past for a Leftover Salmon and Camper van Beethoven show; a 'Feminine Mystique' discussion; La Luz de Jesus performance salon and more. Read on for all the details.

Film Independent at LACMA presents the February installment of Jason Reitman’s Live Read series tonight at 7:30 pm. The series features a great cast reading the script of a classic film on the Bing Theater stage. This month, Reitman’s directing a all-female reading of Glengarry Glen Ross, with a fantastic cast. Robin Wright plays Ricky Roma (Al Pacino); Catherine O’Hara plays Shelley Levene (Jack Lemmon); Maria Bello is Dave Moss (Ed Harris); Allison Janney is George Aaronow (Alan Arkin); Mae Whitman is John Williamson (Kevin Spacey); and Carla Gugino is Alec Baldwin’s character Blake. The reading is way sold out, but there is a standby line at 6:30 pm to buy tickets of no-shows. Tickets: $40.

Ken Roht’s Miss Julie(n)—a dance-theater adaptation of the 1888 August Strindberg classic play Miss Julie—debuts tonight at 8 pm at the MorYork Gallery in Highland Park. The production, conceived and directed by Roht, focuses on the inequity between gay and straight men as well as the differences in socio-economic statuses. Ken Roht’s Miss Julie(n) runs through March 10, Thursdays-Sundays at 8pm. Tickets: $20.

The 2013 Santa Monica Farmers Market Panel Discussion Series presents the program, New Agtivists: Young Visionaries in Agriculture and Artisinal Food Production, tonight at 7 pm at the Santa Monica Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium. Moderated by Rose Lawrence from Red Bread, panelists include Nate Peitso from Maggie’s Farm, Nate Siemens from Fat Uncle Farm, Matt Parker from Shiitake Happens, and Paul Osher from Bean & Thyme. Farmers market snacks prepared by Osher and Lawrence will be served after the panel. Free.

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The new monthly live music showcase, Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Los Angeles, features a headliner and three local up-and-coming artists. The first installment of the series tonight takes over the Echoplex with Zola Jesus and local artists Wildcat! Wildcat!, Oddience and Beach Party. Tickets are only available at the door for $3 starting at 8 pm and $10 after 10 pm, with the proceeds going back to support the opening local bands. 21+. (If that lineup doesn’t interest you though, check out Indians, Night Beds and Cat Martino at the Echo for an 18+ show. Cover $8-10.)

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Two free classical music-themed events tonight piqued our interest. LA Opera’s James Conlon continues his lecture series on Romantic Opera in Three Acts: Struggle, Success, and Mastery in the works of Verdi and Wagner at the Hammer Museum at 7:30 pm. And on the other side of town there’s performance of Gilgamesh: Live While You’re Alive, a major new oratorio composed by some 80 high school students from downtown Los Angeles’ Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts. They’re premiering their work tonight in conjunction with the Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Singers, instrumentalists and soloists at the high school’s main theater at 7 pm.

If you’d rather have a little bit of everything—art, spoken word, music—then check out Billy's Thursday Night Fish Fry & Community Social tonight from 8-11 pm at Wacko/La Luz de Jesus. This free, all ages monthly performance salon is hosted by Blaine Capatch and comedian Greg Behrendt features performances tonight by The Mau Maus, The Woolly Bandits, The Magnificent, Michael Rozon & Friends and a special appearance by Johnny Indovina.

Remember when summer jam bands were all the rage? After an 8-year hiatus, Leftover Salmon plays the House of Blues-Sunset Strip tonight to support their new album Aquatic Hitchhiker. What sold us on listing this show, though, is that the band’s sharing the bill with Camper van Beethoven. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $25.

Tonight at 7:15 pm, ALOUD at the Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library presents the program The Feminine Mystique: Where Are We 50 Years Later?Moderated by Dr. Amy Parish, primatologist and Darwinian feminist, the panelists include Hanna Rosin (The End of Men); Kathy Spillar, executive editor, Ms. Magazine; Tani Ikeda, co-founder of imMEDIAte Justice; and Carol Downer, co-founder of Feminist Women's Health Centers. They’ll re-examine Betty Friedan’s monumental book, The Feminine Mysique. Free. Standby only.

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