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Pencil This In: ITVFest Opens, Molière’s The Miser in Topanga Canyon Tonight

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'The loneliness of a carnival barker' / Photo by Robbie via LAist's flickr pool.

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Reform School,an art, craft and design shop, is holding an an opening reception for Savanna Snow’s new show “Charming Cobras.” It’s an Indian-inspired theme with Indian snacks from Jaredfood and live sitar music. The reception starts at 7 pm. Preview the show here.

The Groundlings newest main stage show, “Groundlings Space Camp” blasts off tonight at 8 pm. Directed by Mikey Day, the troupe promises a wild ride in to the “the comedic cosmos of space” with an evening of sketches and improvisation. The show runs through Oct. 3, running on Friday and Saturday evenings. Tickets are $21.50.

TheITVFest begins its week-long run at the Laemmle’s Sunset 5, showcasing innovative television pilots and webseries. The fest also provides audiences and TV execs with informative panels on new media and TV in between screenings. On the program are independently produced pilots, international shows, webseries and mobisodes. General admission tickets are $10.

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The Heard of Elephants art:music collective celebrates its one year anniversary this week and tonight they’re holding a Musical Extravaganza at the Chiparaki Cultural Center (1635 N. Spring Street, next to the cornfields). The evening features performances from Charts and Maps, Danger Bees, Random Patterns and Pride of Kenya. There will also be art installations, video projections and a full bar. Admission is $5.

The Sacred Fools Theatre Company holds Summer Camp: CarnEvil in Concert tonight and tomorrow at 9 pm. Set to a rock opera score, the production is a presentation of the horror musical originally seen in their late-night Serial Killers show. There’s murder, magic and mayhem involved when the accidental death of a carnie arouses the suspicions of his son, and his search for answers leads him into the dark, strange world of fire-eaters, fortune tellers and Siamese twins. Tickets are $15.

Lo Còr de la Plana, an all-male French a cappella group, sings in a disappearing language called Occitan. Their vocal melodies are related to Arabic music, Gregorian chants and percussive call-and-response hintings from Africa. They’ll take to the California Plaza tonight at 8 pm for a free Grand Performances show.

The Miser is Molière’s “comic tale with a tragic heart about a man whose love for his money is greater than his love for his children.” It’s playing tonight at 8 pm at Theatricum Botanicum’s outdoor amphitheater in Topanga Canyon. Bring a picnic before the performance, too. Tickets are $10-$30

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