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Pencil This In: Mark Rothko Play, Sewing Workshop, and The Moth StorySLAM

Space 15 Twenty. Photo via Facebook.
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Kick August off the right way with a night out in L.A. View a live performance art piece at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, tell a true tale at the L.A. Moth StorySLAM, taste some island-brewed beer, or learn the basics of sewing. Read on for details and more fun things to do.

The Moth, a non-profit organization committed to the art of storytelling, returns to Zanzibar tonight to invite storytellers to share their tales about delays. Attendees can sign up to tell (or just listen to) a true story related to any kind of delay in the "About Time"-themed session. If chosen, participants will be given 5 minutes to win the judges over. The winner will be sent to the next GrandSLAM Championship. 21+. 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm). $16 pre-sale tickets for guaranteed admission. $8 at the door.

The Aero Theatre will screen "The Red Shoes" (1948) tonight as part of their "Classics and Restorations on the Big Screen" series. The film stars dancer and actress Moira Shearer and tells the story of a ballerina and her struggles with love. 7:30pm. $11. ($9 for students and seniors, $7 for Cinematheque members.)

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Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) and Space 15 Twenty present "American Realism," an endurance performance art piece directed by Katherine Brook and accompanied with text by Liza Birkenmeier. The piece explores contemporary labor through the viewpoint of migrant workers living in the Great Depression and uses text inspired by audio archives of Farm Security Administration work camps during the that era. The performance will last for a couple of hours, meaning the performers will act out several different reincarnations of the artwork's message and meaning. The piece will be performed live at LACE, and Space 15 Twenty will livestream the act in its courtyard. 8pm-11pm. $10. ($5 for students, Free for LACE members.)

The Surly Goat in West Hollywood is hosting a Surly Maui Night tonight, featuring karaoke and beers brewed in Hawaii. Enjoy five varieties of Maui Brewing Co. brews, including Coconut Porter and La Perouse White. Two other flavors, Freight Train IPA and Wee Heavy, are making their L.A. debut. 6pm. Karaoke at 10pm. 7929 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood.
We've just learned this has been moved to August 15.

PUR (Project Urban Renewal) of Space 15 Twenty will hold a sewing workshop tonight as part of PUR Vintage's Unincorporated Sewing Workshop series. Bring your own old, torn, and holey clothing to learn how to mend your pieces by hand and with a sewing machine. All materials will be provided. 6pm-8pm. $10. RSVP here.

The Satellite will host an affordable night of music with a full lineup. Cassorla, HeavyHanded, Crash Richard of Deadly Syndrome, Rachel Fannan and Brandon Intelligator will perform. 21+. 9pm. (Doors open at 8:30pm; event ends at 2am.) Tickets are $5.


"Red," a play production written by John Logan, opens at the Mark Taper Forum tonight. The play explores and questions the theories of artist Mark Rothko, who is best known for his abstract expressionist paintings, during the late 1950s when he was commissioned to paint murals for the Four Seasons restaurant. 8pm. $25-$35. Tickets for the opening tonight are limited, but the play will run through September 9. Prices change according to day of the week.

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