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Pencil This In: Thrilling Adventure Hour, Bryce Dessner, Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly Go Classical and The Moth GrandSlam

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After a busy busy weekend of fun activities, the events continue in LA tonight, with new and avant-garde classical music with the LA Phil and at REDCAT, a Thrilling Adventure Hour at Largo, The Moth’s GrandSlam championship, and a Charlie Chaplin double feature. Read on for all the details:

REDCAT begins two nights of the avant-garde classical music of composer Christian Wolff tonight. For 60 years, the living legend has worked alongside other artists such as John Cage, Merce Cunningham and Cornelius Cardew. The music will be performed by The Formalist Quartet and other new music players. Each program begins at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $20 general ($16 members & students).

Players from The Thrilling Adventure Hour present Sparks Nevada's "I'm From Earth" Day Special tonight at 8:30 pm at Largo. The troupe, which includes Marc Evan Jackson, Paget Brewster, Mark Gagliardi, Busy Philipps, Autumn Reeser, Paul F. Tompkins and others, take on three green-themed stories from the wild western sector of outer space starring Sparks Nevada and pals. Guest musicians tonight include Eban Schletter, Sara Watkins, and Sean Watkins. Directed by Aaron Ginsburg. Doors open for drinks at 7 pm. Tickets: $25.

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The LA Phil’s Brooklyn Festival continues tonight with the West Coast premiere of Planetarium, presented by The National’s Bryce Dessner, singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens, and composer Nico Muhly. They come together to consider the cosmos, with a string quartet leading the way in the first half in various compositions by the artists. Stevens’ voice anchors a “planet-by-planet song cycle that melds the collaborators’ distinct creative contributions into a harmonic whole.” Tickets: $50-$95.

It’s time to crown another Moth GrandSLAM champion tonight at the Echoplex. Under the theme of When World Collide, the past 10 StorySLAM Moth winners battle it out with words, and wits. No notes, no standup—just tales of conflict: Hosted by Brian Finkelstein, tonight’s stories are by Jake Bowman, Pete Goldfinger, Cole Kazdin, Erin McGown, Laura Revness, Tracy Rowland, Martha Shipway, Bernie Somers, Moses Storm and Megan Vick. Doors at 7 pm, stories at 8 pm. Tickets: $19. The event is 18+.

The New Beverly screens a Charlie Chaplin double feature tonight starting at 7:30 pm. First up is a completely restored version of The Gold Rush (1925), which was written, directed and produced by Charlie Chaplin. The original film has been unavailable since Chaplin released the “sound version” in 1942. The second film on the program tonight is The Kid (1921). Tickets: $8.

*Pencil pick of the day

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