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Pencil This In: An Opera Mashup, Mandy Moore and Latina Drag Queens

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The L.A. Contemporary Dance Company presents Body Mecanique - Dancing Machines and Objects that speak tonight. / Photo courtesy of LACDC.

The L.A. Contemporary Dance Company presents Body Mecanique - Dancing Machines and Objects that speak tonight. / Photo courtesy of LACDC.
The Wooster Group returns to REDCAT tonight with La Didone, a daring production of Francesco Cavalli's 1641 Baroque opera mashed up with elements of Italian director Mario Bava's 1965 sci-fi cult film Terrore nello spazio (Planet of the Vampires). This West Coast premiere of La Didone runs through June Tonight’s performance begins at 8:30 pm, and tickets are $40-55, with student discounts available.

The Grammy Museum welcomes Mandy Moore (aka Mrs. Ryan Adams) for “The Drop” program at 8 pm tonight. Attendees get to hear singer-songwriter Mandy Moore discuss her new album, Amanda Leigh. Following the interview, Moore will take questions from the audience and then perform a few songs from the album acoustically. Doors open at 7:30 pm, and tickets are $14.95; $12 for members.

Chico’s Angels -- a Latino drag version of Charlie’s Angels -- have a summer show that kicks off tonight at 8 pm. “Chico’s Angels 2: Love Boat Chicas!” features Frieda Laye, Kay Sedia & Chita Par who get dolled up to solve another case on the high sea: finding out who killed superstar Charo!!!!!! The show runs until July 19 at Cavern Club Theater inside Casita Del Campo Restaurant on Hyperion.

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The Echo Park Film Center welcomes gay activist and filmmaker Pat Rocco tonight at 8 pm for “Sex, Love & Sprockets: Pat Rocco’s Small Gauge Films.” In the 1960s and 1970s, activist and filmmaker Pat Rocco mastered the art of gay male erotic films. “His work developed beyond the nudie cutie into thoughtful and at times dramatic glimpses into gay life of that era. Many of these non-pornographic romps and love stories debuted at Los Angeles' Park Theatre. Rocco also shot extensive footage of gay demonstrations, parades, marches and festivals. These documentaries contain some of the only existing footage of the beginnings of the gay rights movement in the United States.” The event -- with the filmmaker in attendance -- begins at 8 pm. Please note: Some films screened this evening will contain nudity and adult content. Admission is $5.

The L.A. Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC) collaborates with L.A.-based playwright Aaron Henne to create an original dance theatre performance “Body Mecanique.” It mixes dancing bodies, rhythmic monologues and a live musical score by experimental composer, Eric Mason, animating the voices and souls of everyday objects and complex machines. Performances by Arletta Anderson, Mecca Vazie Andrews, Michael Crotty, Jamila Glass, Nick Konow and Julie Lockhart. The show begins at 8 pm tonight and it runs through June 21 at the Glass Garage Gallery. Tickets: $25.

The Hollywood Improv is holding “A Cause For Comedy" tonight from 8-9 pm. Hosted and produced by Ben Morrison [] from MTV’s Punk’d, he’ll be joined onstage tonight with Daryl Wright, Dan Levy, Natasha Leggero, Bryan Callan and musical act J. Chris Newberg. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early for the 8 pm show. There is a two Item minimum per guest in the showroom. Tickets range from $10 - $50 -

Keith Boadwee curates “Children of the Revolution,” a group exhibition Downtown LA’s Federal Art Project (FAP). Participating artists include Patrick Rock, Elisheva Biernoff, Luke Butler, Joshua Pieper, Linze Luna, Ryan Verzaal, Isaac Gray, Kelly Eginton, Lena Daly, James Bradley, Erin Allen, Calvin Trezise, Brice Bischoff, Jee Kim, Chris Hood , Tim Sullivan, and Brian Wasson. The opening reception is being held tonight from 7pm-midnight during the Downtown Art Walk.

Zócalo presents Alain de Botton in “The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work” tonight at the Getty Center at 7 pm. “We spend most of our lives at work -- in offices and factories, warehouses and ports, rocket launch pads and power stations -- rarely discussing what exactly we do and why. After exploring the working worlds of occupations both familiar and unfamiliar, Alain de Botton, author of How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Art of Travel, and The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, visits Zócalo to discuss the compulsion to work and what it all means.” It’s a free event, but reservations are recommended.

The Blank Theatre Company continues its four-week Young Playwrights Festival, where celebrity actors and professional directors present 12 winning plays by teenaged playwrights from across the nation. Week Two (June 11-14) will feature Nicholas Brendon, Hallee Hirsch, Dale Dickey and Meredith Monroe (“Dawson’s Creek”). The show begins at 8 pm at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood. The tickets are $15.

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