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WORDS: The New Short Fiction Series™, is described as a “live literary magazine" sponsored by the Beverly Hills Public Library and Community Services Department. Tonight the series presents “Claudia” by Scott Doyle at 8 pm. The performance stars spoken word artist Sally Shore, with guest cast Deborah Geffner (All That Jazz, Grey's Anatomy), David St. James (Monk) and Robert Standley (Invasion's Major Jim Brook, The Gatherers). Admission is $10 and group rates available, For more information, please call (310) 288-2220.

FILM: The Steve Allen Theater at the Center for Inquiry West continues its “Humans are Such Easy Prey” Drive-In series. The lot opens at 8:30 tonight and the screening of 1976’s God Told Me To begins at 9 pm. Plot: There’s a rash of killings in NYC and when caught, the suspects tell the detectives they killed because “God told me to.” Screenings also will occur in the theater in case of overflow crowds. The series will continue every Friday night until Halloween.

MORE FILM*: We love the title of the late-night series tonight at the Silent Movie Theatre: “When Cougars Attack.” Tonight's a triple feature (begins at 10:15 pm) of Italian “Sexy Schoolteacher” films. We can’t do any better than this description: “These films are crammed with jokes so unfunny, they go through unfunny and back around again to funny—or at least to really, really weird. Picture the worst Police Academy jokes sifted through a bad Google translation and doused with predatory Guido sexuality, making them extra-uncomfortable. Like the Porky's movies, the Sexy Schoolteacher series always featured the same relentlessly unfunny, shtick-addicted comedy hacks leering at Fenich's assets over and over again, but, just as fun as the T&A, is the hilariously awkward dubbing, and the equally ridiculous, insane immature pranking.”

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THEATRE: The musical Little Green Men opens at the Westchester Playhouse tonight. It's billed as a fun-filled romp (and safe for kids): "Things are spooky enough for a group of children and counselors trapped overnight at Camp Gitchiegoomie on October 30, 1938. But when someone turns the radio on to Orson Welles' infamous War of the Worlds broadcast, the scary stories told around the campfire are no match for the thrills and chills of the hysterical "Martian invasion" that actually panicked America that night." The show starts at 8, and tickets are $20.

RIDIN': The Midnight Ridazz are holding a formal ride 17-mile ride tonight and you're invited to bring your tux and your bike. Ok, maybe not a tux tux, but a tuxedo T-shirt will do just fine, too. Organizers guarantee cheesy 80s music, formal pictures and the works. So get gussied up, pick up your corsages and check here for the official route.

ART: There's an opening reception tonight at the Santa Monica Museum of Art presents "Martin Kersels: Heavyweight Champion," the first retrospective of the Southern California artist. There will also be a performance by jazz/punk/blues band Puttanesca, who'll be playing atop "Rickety," one of Kersels works. Also opening tonight are Henry Taylor's "Girrrrrl!" works and "Project Room 2: Bruce Pollock: Circling West." The reception runs from 7-9 pm tonight.

Photo by victoriabernal via LAist's flickr pool.

*Pencil pick of the day

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