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Arts and Entertainment

Pencil This In: Tiny Vaudeville Benefit and Clazzical Music in Pasadena

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826LA's Tiny Vaudeville #3 is at the Echoplex tonight. / Photo by Lord Jim via LAist's featured photo pool.

826LA's Tiny Vaudeville #3 is at the Echoplex tonight. / Photo by Lord Jim via LAist's featured photo pool.
Tonight’s the third installment of 826LA’s “Tiny Vaudeville” series. Created by the peeps behind the nonprofit literacy and writing organization, the show prides itself on being the smallest vaudeville show in Los Angeles, running approximately ninety minutes and featuring diverse acts, including a name actor reading original writing by students of 826LA. Tonight’s guests include Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show; Tom Goes to the Mayor; Breaking Bad); Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up; the forthcoming Paper Hearts); Martin Starr (Freaks & Geeks; Knocked Up; Adventureland); musical comedy with Claybo & Downs; battle-of-the-bands winner The Pity Party; an orchestra led by Dan Bern and a few more surprises. Tickets are $12 at the Echoplex. The show begins at 8 pm.

Clazzical Notes, a program sponsored by The Pasadena Symphony, pairs music and discussion among renowned musicians to bridge the gap that exists between the jazz and classical music communities. Can’t we all just get along? Tonight’s “Cool & Classic” installment will feature Amy Bowers and Nolan Shaheed and will be held at the J.I. Lounge at Paseo Colorado in Pasadena. The event is free and open to the public.

March is member appreciation month at the ArcLight, so that means that members got to pick the top films they wanted to see on the big screen. Up tonight is 2001: A Space Odyssey at 8 pm at the ArcLight Hollywood.

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REDCAT presents “Robert Todd’s Cinema of Discovery” tonight at 8:30 pm, with the filmmaker appearing in person. The Boston-based experimental filmmaker describes this selection of short films as “a series of celebratory explorations, and, in some cases, transformations, of varied components of my life. They are an odd blend of performance and alchemical construction, freedom and control, a highly crafted and rather baroque diary." On the schedule tonight are “Dig” (2007, 2 min.), “21 Alleys” (2007, 8 min.), “Riverbed” (2008, 18 min.), “Interplay” (2006, 7 min.), “Office Suite” (2007, 15 min.), “Passing” (2008, 19 min.), and “Rose” (2008, 9 min.). Tickets are $5-$9.

Today’s the deadline to submit stories to the Music Center’s Active Arts LA Storytellers program. It’s an opportunity to exchange life stories, vivid memories, oral histories and engaging experiences around this year's theme: "Journeys Toward Justice: Capturing the Stories of Human Rights in the Context of Migration. " Human rights/immigrant rights life stories in all languages (we ask that you provide English translation) will be accepted. Storytellers must be at least 18 years old to participate, and selected stories will be shared at the LA Storytellers open house public event/exhibit on May 16.

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