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

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BOOKS
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).

PUPPETS
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.