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Pencil This In: Classical Music and Animation, SMMOA Art Exhibit Openings, Ghost World Writer Book Signing

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Rogue Machine presents the West Coast premiere of the play Four Places by Joel Drake Johnson tonight at 8 pm. Directed by Robin Larson, the dark, comic play focuses on what starts out as an innocent lunch between a septuagenarian mom and her two adult children. The meal quickly degenerates “into a fierce game of cat and mouse which leads to a confession that will radically upset the lives of the entire family.” 8 pm. Tickets: $25.

The Griffith Observatory is celebrating its 75th year this year and the party starts now. There’s a birthday sunset ceremony at 7:47 pm, and a second public birthday celebration starting at 8:35 pm. The building’s open until 10 pm tonight. Anyone buying a ticket for a show in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium today and next week gets a free commemorative 75th anniversary button while supplies last.

LAXART is hosting a reading and performance tonight
at 8:30 pm with Susan Silton & the Crowing Hens. Performers include Erin Barnes, Jessica Basta, Carole Anne Kaufman, Laura Loftsgaarden, Kat Nockels. Dodie Bellamy also reads from a new work commissioned for the project.