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Pencil This In: Friday

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So many events, so little time. Concete Frequency's latest installment is tonight and there's always Disney on Ice (skaters, not Walt), but here's a sampling of the other good stuff to be done in LA tonight.

Photo LA started today and runs through the weekend. It's the largest show dedicated to the art of the camera. More than 74 galleries will showcase thousands of photographs. There are numerous seminars on collecting and an Artist Conversation Series with guests including Charles Gaines, Andrea Bowers, Judy Fiskin, John Divola, Mark Wyse and Julius Shulman.

Until 8 pm // Barker Hangar // 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica // $20 (additional fees for seminars.)

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The Geffen is holding a panel discussion on playwriting (love the name: "We Heart Playwrights") and we're a bit surprised at the lineup. Sure, there's Neil LaBute and Donald Margulies, but who knew that Joan Rivers and Adrian Pasdar were scribes as well? Actually, Pasdar's musical Atlanta is showing at the Geffen right now, so we'll just be surprised about the bardess of botox.

8 pm // Geffen Playhouse and Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater // 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles // $50.

Chet Baker was a jazz trumpter and singer who battled demons and drugs for most of his life (which ended after he fell out a hotel window in Amsterdam). Celeb photographer Bruce Weber crafted a documentary on the musician's life, weaving together interviews and, of course, his music.
Various showings // Nuart Theatre // 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles // $7.25-$9.50.

No, not the ones you find at The Ivy. We're talking about the ones you see when you look up at night. The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium presents "Starbirth in Orion's Sword," which examines the constellation Orion's sword to uncover recent discoveries of hundreds of potential planetary systems forming within it. The presentation is being preceeded by "The Night Sky Show" as it recreates the night sky and provides the latest information on space exploration.

7 pm (The Night Sky Show) and 8 pm (Starbirth) // The John Drescher Planetarium, which Second floor of Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $5.

The Catholic Girl's Guide to Losing Her Virginity is about a good midwestern girl who decides to eschew her religious beliefs when she realizes her priest has a more vigorous sex life than she does. Now all she has to do is find the right man to whip off her chastity belt.

8 pm // Pico Playhouse // 10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles // $20.

Kerr Seth Lordygan, an Eclectic Company Theatre resident writer, gets an evening of short plays all his own in Kerr Package, including “Two Jews and a Ham,” where an Orthodox Jewish couple puzzles over how to gracefully handle the situation when their nice neighbor gives them a freshly baked ham on Sabbath eve; and "List" where the hero is given the opportunity to satisfy carnal urges with the beautiful rock star of your wildest fantasies…but he just happens to be married.

8 pm // The Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood // $18.