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Pencil This In: Free Music Shows, a Fall Bourbon Special, 'Super-Overactive Imagination' Comedy and Tango Lessons

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Here’s the short list of what’s happening in today in LA: Nick+Stef’s launches a new fall special that salutes bourbon; free music tonight at the Silverlake Lounge and at Bardot for It’s a School Night; a comedy web series launch event with live stand-up; free tango lessons and a Paley event with the cast and producers of ABC’s Castle. Read on for all the details:

Nick+Stef’s in DTLA announces a new fall special: a salute to bourbon. In its “dare to pair” offerings, available on Mondays and Tuesdays in October, the American spirit (three, 1 oz. pours) is coupled with three sliders, including “vintage, steakhouse, and pork belly” in the bar for $16. The steakhouse is also experimenting with pairing bourbon (three, 1 oz. pours) with three seasonally rotating oysters in the dining room for $17.

There’s a free show tonight at the Silverlake Lounge, presented by The MuseBox agency featuring Puro Instinct (RIYL Cocteau Twins, Lush), the electro-pop LA duo Night Club, and Golden Gloves featuring Chris Norton, drum machines and loud guitars and whoever else may join in the fun. No cover. Show starts at 8 pm. 21+.

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Tonight the Paley Center brings back the ever-popular cast and creators of the ABC’s romantic-mystery-dramedy show Castle for a Q&A and screening of the latest episode. Scheduled to appear are leads Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic as well as supporting cast members Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Penny Johnson Jerald, Susan Sullivan and Molly Quinn. Also joining the fun are series creator and exec producer Andrew Marlowe and exec producers Rob Bowman and David Amann. The event is way way sold out, but the conversation will be streamed live at 7 pm. Follow the live tweets from the Paley Center (@PaleyCenterand #PaleyLiveLA).

It's the final night of Dear Boy's September residency at the Bootleg Theater tonight and their last LA show for awhile. They take to the stage at 11 pm, with Love the Ghosts and Warships opening. A few surprises may be in store, too. The show is free. 21+.

My Super-Overactive Imagination—a new web series that lampoons the “girl psyche from the inside out”—stars comedians Cat Rhinehart, Maria Shehata, Andrew Sleighter and Dwayne Perkins. The show has its world premiere tonight at the Comedy Central Stage at The Hudson in Hollywood at 8 pm with a screening of the first five episodes and the stand-up comedy of the actors/comedians who appear in the series. Free admission, but reservations are required by calling 323.960.5519.

The Ford Amphitheatre hosts a free J.A.M. Session tonight at 7 pm on the tango. Learn to dance an improvised social Argentine tango with easy lessons from Oxygen Tango. Come solo, with a partner or with friends. Free, but reservations are required.

It’s a School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. Playing live are Bear Mountain, The Futures League, Cassie Steele and Lost Weekend with DJ sets by Roller Radio and Sampology. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm. Also at Bardot on the really early side, there’s a special EP release party and DJ set with RAC from 6:30-8 pm. The event is open to all who’ve purchsed the Don’t Talk to EP, so all you have to do to get in is show the music and album art on your mobile device at the door.

*Pencil pick of the day

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