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Pencil This In: 'Levitated Mass' Doc Premiere; Stone's Throw Records Party, 'Castle' Stars in an LATW's 'Kindertransport'

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We sort through a lot of events and happenings around LA so you don’t have to. Music events tonight includes shows by Carmen Souza, Joseph Arthur show and a Stones Throw Records documentary premiere party. There’s also a play of comedy and magic at the Hollywood Fringe; a Levitated Mass documentary world premiere; Don’t Tell My Mother storytelling and a LATW’s production of Kindertransport with a star-studded cast. Read on for all the details.

Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur plays The Troubadour tonight in support of his recently released 10th studio album The Ballad of Boogie Christ. He says, “It’s a big production with horns and soul singers; a psychedelic soul record about redemption and what happens after you find it and lose it….”The album features great session drummer Jim Keltner, Garth Hudson, Joan Wasser, Ben Harper, Catherine Popper and composer Paul Cantelon. We hear there are going to be a few surprise guests at the show tonight, too. Doors at 8 pm. Rene Lopez opens at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $20.

Tonight at the Hollywood Fringe, "How to Convincingly Fake Honesty" is an original magic and comedy show written by and starring award winning magicians, David Blatter and Leeman Parker. Otherwise known as the Filthy Liars, the duo won Best Show at the 2012 L.A. Comedy Festival. Tonight at 11 pm at The Open Fist Theater. Tickets: $12.

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The official premiere party of the feature-length documentary Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton—on LA’s avant-garde record label Stones Throw Records—is being held tonight at Exchange LA at 9 pm. The film, funded by a Kickstarter campaign last year, focuses on the label’s founder DJ Peanut Butter Wolf and the label’s musicians. Expect most of them here at the party tonight with live sets by The Dub Club, Leaving Records (Matthewdavid, Ras G and Knxledge), Duppy Gun [Sun Araw, Slayron (Peaking Lights), Alex Gray & Matthewdavid] and a DJ set by Madlib. Tickets: $25+ fees.

THEATERLA Theatre Works presents Kindertransportby Diane Samuels, which will be recorded for radio broadcast, tonight at 8 pm at the James Bridges Theater in UCLA’s Melnitz Hall. “Kindertransport” (Children's Transport) brought thousands of refugee Jewish children to Great Britain from Nazi Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia between 1938 and 1940, most of whom never saw their parents again. Although fictional, the play—focused on a girl torn between her past and present—is inspired by true-life accounts from surviving ‘Kinder.’ It features a great cast, including Castle’s Molly C. Quinn and Susan Sullivan, with Jane Kaczmarek, Hugo Armstrong, Shannon Lee Clair and Angela Paton. There are additional performances on Friday through Sunday if you can’t make it tonight. Tickets: $49; student tickets are $15 at the door, subject to availability.

There’s an LA Film Festival gala screening of Levitated Mass: The Story Of Michael Heizer’s Monolithic Sculpture tonight at 7:30 pm at LACMA. Directed by Doug Pray, the documentary follows Michael Heizer’s 340-ton rock found in a Riverside quarry, its transport to the LACMA campus and the larger discussion modern art in society. The world premiere is being held at the Bing Theater. Tickets: $20 general admission, $18 LACMA and Film Independent members. Also note that Levitated Mass closes at Sundown on the LACMA campus, so get there early because you won’t be able to see it after the film.

Tonight Cafe Fais Do Do welcomes storytellers for the comedy show Don’t Tell My Mother. Writers and performers share true stories they'd never want their moms to know. On the program tonight: Traci Lords (Excision)—imagine HER stories, Lynda Obst (Hot in Cleveland), Steve Agee (New Girl), James Adomian (Last Comic Standing), , Grant Cotter (R is for Radical) as well as creator and host Nikki Levy (Epic). Live music by Abby Posner. Bar and food truck at 7 pm and stories begin at 8. 21+ only. Tickets: $15.

Levitt Pavilion continues its summer music concert series tonight featuring the world music stylings of Carmen Souza. She uses her Creole/Portuguese roots to create a distinct world jazz sound that combines traditional African and Cape Verde music. A little world festival begins at 6:30 pm and the music begins at 8 pm. Free.

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