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Pencil This In: 'War Horse' Opens at the Pantages; Debating 'Girls vs. Golden Girls' at Nerdmelt and a One-Act Play Series

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Here are our favorite events happening in LA tonight, including a night of music by singer songwriter Mark Wilkinson at the Hotel Cafe and strangeheart (who helps open the new bar Honeycut). Also on tap: A one-act play series opens in Sherman Oaks; War Horse returns to Hollywood for a limited engagement; comedy tonight takes on a great debate on ‘Girls vs. The Golden Girls; Tom Papa records his radio show live and a free screening of ‘Museum Hours.’ Read on for all the details.

THEATER
War Horse—the heart-tugging tale of a boy and his horse during World War I opens at the Pantages Theater tonight at 8 pm for a one-week engagement. Based on the Michael Morpurgo novel, the production is brought to life by realistic puppet horses created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company. Tickets: $30-120.

COMEDY
Tonight at 7:30 pm, NerdMelt presents The Great Debate - Girls vs Golden Girls: Who Empowers Us and Who are a Bunch of Stunted Oppressed Degenerates? Taking sides in this discussion is Matt Price (Emmy-winning writer for the Cartoon Network's Regular Show) and Ilyse Mimoun (Hart of Dixie, 90210). In the past, the two have sparred over such topics as "Ferris Bueller: Hero or Sociopath?" and "The Smurfs: Utopian Society or Brainwashed Cult?" Heady stuff, so come on down and see which side rules. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

SALON
The A+D Architecture and Design Museum presents the finale of a series of salons across LA that visited iconic, mid-century modern homes. Tonight's location(s) are the Richard Neutra-designed homes of journalist Josef Kun, which were designed in 1936 and 1950, respectively, and are built across the street from each other. Ticket prices ($100 single / $175 couple) include cocktails and mingling with other design enthusiasts.

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MUSIC
Tonight at 7 pm, the Australian-based singer songwriter Mark Wilkinson plays an early set at the Hotel Cafe. Tickets: $10 + $2.50 service charge. 21+. Over at the El Rey, Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks flies solo to support her album, Mother. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $38.50. All ages.

THEATER
The Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks opens a series of original 10-minute, one-act comedies tonight at 8 pm (and running for the next five Tuesday nights). Playwrights included in the Fall Shorts series are: Steve Korbar, Bette Smith, Lina Gallegos, Maureen A. Martin, Raegan Payne, Barbara Lindsay, Pedro Antonio Garcia, Rhea MacCallum and Daniel Guyton. The show is directed by Bryan Rasmussen and produced by Jake O'Flaherty. Tickets: $20. Valet is available at Boneyard Bistro for $4.50.

FILM
The Hammer Museum presents a free screening of Museum Hours tonight at 7:30 pm. The film, directed by J. Cohen, focuses on a meeting between a security guard and a museum-goer that “sparks an unexpected series of explorations of their own lives, the life of a city, and the way artworks reflect and shape daily experience.”

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MUSIC
The new cocktail bar/club Honeycut continues a "soft open" in DTLA tonight, and the local indie band strangeheart begins its October residency at the venue. Doors at 9 pm. They’re currently working on their first album but have already released their first single "In Another Life."

SHATNER SIGNING
Tonight at 6 pm at Ameoba Records, William Shatner and Billy Sherwood sign their new "prog-rock opus" Ponder The Mystery. Buy the album at the store and get it signed by the artists. Limit of three copies of the new album, no other items will be signed and no photos at the signing table. Line forms at 4pm on the Ivar side of the store.

COMEDY
Tonight at 8 pm at the Hollywood Improv, Tom Papa hosts a live taping of his SiriusXM radio show Come to Papa. Taking on the format of an old-time radio show, the production is completely scripted with Papa and his comedian buddies playing various roles. Performers tonight include Nick Swardson, Tom Segura and Erin Foley; a live band accompanies the performance. Tickets: $10 (plus a two-item minimum). The show is 18+.

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