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Pencil This In: Teahouse Arts of China, a Mondo TV News Show and a Design and Happiness Lecture

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There's too much to do on a Tuesday with too little time. We found several tempting events happening around LA tonight, including a Mondo (TV) News Show, an evening of Chinese teahouse arts and performance, an artist talk and reception with graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, a re-imagining of 'Romeo and Juliet' at The Last Bookstore and a whole lot more. Read on for all the details:

ART TALK
There’s an artists’ talk tonight from 7-9 pm at the Loft at Liz’s among artists in the current exhibition Depth of Field and curator Liz Gordon. The show explores abstraction and optical effects through layering, deep paint, brush or droplet patterns. Featured artists are Richard Turner, Barbara Kolo, Kim Chasen. Elana Kundell and Downs.

ART + DESIGN
MOCA Pacific Design Center holds an opening reception tonight for graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister’s The Happy Show from 6-9 pm. At 7 pm, there’s an art talk on Design and Happiness with Sagmeister at the WeHo Library Council Chambers. Sagmeister blends typography and imagery and is known for his album covers for Talking Heads, Lou Reed, OK Go and the Rolling Stones as well as corporate advertising campaigns. Also opening tonight are 13 new exhibits on the 2nd floor of the Blue Building.

THEATER
The Commune Presents, an LA production company that creates both filmed and live events, has re-imagined Romeo and Juliet in collaboration with The Family Crest band at The Last Bookstore tonight and tomorrow at 10:30 pm. The production, which is part concert and part movement piece, includes five actors, two dancers and the band. This event is 21+ as Belle du Bar will provide a cash bar. IDs will be checked at the door. Tickets: $15.

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TEA NIGHT*
The Hammer Presents Teahouse Arts of China tonight at 7:30 pm. The museum recreates the tradition of China’s teahouses as places for family and friends to drink tea, share stories and watch performances with tea, snacks, music and storytelling by artists of the Beijing drum song (京韵大鼓) tradition from Tianjin, China. Free.

TV TUESDAYS
Cinefamily presents the Mondo News Show tonight at 10 pm. They describe the program as thus: “Forget reality shows, game shows and sports spectaculars—the nightly news is the weirdest shit on television.” Included in the screening are best of the best bloopers, egotistical rages and “accidentally avant-garde runaway graphics.” Tickets: $12/free for members.

THEATER TALK
LA STAGE Alliance and SCPR (KPCC) present an LA Stage Talks panel discussion tonight at 7 pm moderated by LA STAGE Alliance CEO Terence McFarland. Guest speakers tonight—Yale University Researcher Michael Bateman; Charles Dillingham (former managing director of CTG); Elizabeth Doran (executive director, Pasadena Playhouse); Jose Luis Valenzuela (Artistic Director of Latino Theatre Company); Debbie Devine (24th Street Theatre) and Jenny Byrd (Brimmer Street Theatre Company)—discuss the question/topic: What Does Professionalism Mean in the American Theatre? The free event is being held at the Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena. RSVP is required.

ENDEAVOUR DISCUSSION
Tonight at 7:30 pm at Temescal Gateway Park, space science journalist Matt Ventimiglia discusses the Space Shuttle Endeavour's journey from local production to a workhorse in the NASA fleet. Ventimiglia tells the story with the help of photos, tracing Endeavour’s history from a replacement shuttle to its final flight over Southern California. Parking is free for the evening.

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ZÓCALO
Tonight at 7:30 pm at Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, Zócalo presents the program Can We Fix What’s Wrong With Banking? with Stanford University economics and finance scholar Anat Admati, and co-author of The Bankers’ New Clothes. He explains how the banks “escaped any serious consequences—and how real reform would look.” Parking: Enter on Wilshire at Courtyard Place, one block east of Curson. Parking is $1 with validation after 6 pm. Free street parking available after 7 pm.

ALOUD
Tonight at 7:15 pm, ALOUD at the Central Library welcomes author Marisa Silver for the program A Photograph Brought to Life: A Novelist Reimagines Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother.” Silver, author of the new novel Mary Coin, is in conversation with poet and memoirist Meghan O'Rourke to talk about Lange’s iconic image, which was taken during The Great Depression. Free with reservations.

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