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Pencil This In: Adult Puppetry, Mixer for LA's Dance Community, Readings at Family

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Family Bookstore hosts a double reading from Trinie Dalton and Aimee Bender with “witchy projections” by Jim Drain, Matt Greene and Matthew Ronay tonight at 7 pm. The two authors have just released new books through Madras Press. Dalton’s Sweet Tomb, tells the story Candy, a candy-addicted witch who resents her inherited lifestyle. After a fire burns down her gingerbread house, she leaves the forest and ventures out in search of the excitement of a more urban environment. The Third Elevator by Aimee Bender is the story of a swan, a bluebird, the curious family they form together, and the mysterious elevators in the center of their village - one that rises into the sky, one that opens into a forest, and one that descends underground. Proceeds from the reading benefit the Theodore Payne Foundation and InsideOUT Writers.DISCUSSION
Tonight at 7 pm, a panel discussion examines the link, if any, between free speech and hate speech, and how the relationship may trigger hate crimes. Moderated by Jon Beaupré, guest host on KPCC Radio’s “AirTalk” and “Talk of the City,” the panel includes Willis Edwards, board of directors, NAACP; Ameena Qazi, deputy executive director & staff attorney, CAIR-Los Angeles (Council on American-Islamic Relations); and Robin Toma, executive director, LA County Commission on Human Relations. The event--held at the James Cagney Boardroom of the Screen Actors Guild--is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP. There’s parking behind Museum Square building (entrance on Curson Street).

Automata and Ibex Puppetry, presents Bride of Wildenstein - The Musical, conceived and performed by LA-based puppet artist, chanteuse and high-art drag personality, Marsian.  Bride of Wildenstein - the Musicalrevolves around an aging socialite who grows fur and claws in hopes of recapturing the attention of her philandering game hunter husband.  The story is loosely inspired by tabloid accounts of the real-life, plastic-surgery addicted “cat woman.”
8 pm nightly at the Velaslavasay Panorama. Tickets: $15,  $12 seniors and students. For adult audiences only.

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There’s an Autism Care and Treatment (ACT) fundraiser tonight at the Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas tonight from 7-10 pm. For $40, the ticket gets you a buffet dinner, two free drinks and live music by two bands. Children ages 10 and under get in for free as long as they’re with one paying adult. But your tickets here.

LA’s dance community is welcome to attend a mixer at Mandrake tonight at 6 pm to meet, greet, be merry and network. The event’s being coordinated by Help Desk/L.A. (a project of Pentacle, a nonprofit service organization for the performing arts) in association with the Center for Cultural Innovation, CHIME, DRC, LA Stage Alliance and Show Box LA.


Israeli artist Oren Lavie (whose music video “Her Morning Elegance”snagged a Grammy nomination this year for "Best Short Form Music Video") performs live at tonight from 7-10 pm at Bergamot Station. The performance will be accompanied by a photo exhibit showcasing works by Eyal Landesman.The music video was created using stop motion photography and is complied of 2,096 separate photographs that are pieced together to form the video.

The band Lost City Radio is holding a benefit concert tonight for the family of late local artist Don Cecil, who suddenly passed away in November. Cecil was the artist who designed the band's self-released EP cover. Avi from the band sent us this note: "Don was an amazing guy who donated his time and considerable gifts to our band freely and generously. He was one of those people who did what he did because he loved creating. Any personal gain was an afterthought." Now the band wants to help raise funds for Cecil's family with a 9 pm show at M Bar. Cover is only $5 and all proceeds will go to his family.

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