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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.

READINGLAXART 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.

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The Santa Monica Museum of Art is holding opening receptions tonight for the opening of its summer exhibitions: Andrew Lord: between my hands to water falling, selected works from 1990 to 2010; Arik Levy: Luminescence and Park Studio: RING. Members can preview the work from 6-7 pm and the public opening party runs from 7 - 10 pm. DJ set by Photocall, complimentary bar and the Flying Pig food truck.

CalArts and the Getty Villa present the play Piedra de Sol (Sunstone) this weekend. Adapted and directed by Méxican playwright/director María Morett, Piedra de Sol (Sunstone) is based on a 1957 poem by Octavio Paz. The production takes to the Getty Villa stage (the one in Malibu) tonight at 8 pm, Saturday, May 15 at 3 pm and 8 pm and Sunday, May 16 at 3 pm. Tickets are $7. Parking for the matinee performances is $ carpool!

Ghost World cartoonist, screenwriter and New Yorker illustrator Dan Clowes will be at Skylight Books tonight at 7:30 pm to promote his new graphic novel Wilson. After a slideshow presentation, Clowes will be joined by comedian and tonight's special guest moderator Dana Gould for a discussion and Q&A.

WEB ON THE BIG SCREENTubefilter brings the best of the web to the big screen tonight at the Egyptian Theater. The Best of the Web program screens selections from some of the nominees and winners of this year’s Streamys Awards, as well as a whole slew of content from around the web. 7:30 pm. Tickets are $11.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the program of What’s Opera, Doc? - Animation and Classical Music. Composer Michael Giacchino hosts an evening exploring memorable uses of classical music in animation. The screening will be held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Tickets: $5 General Admission, $3 students. 7:30 pm.

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