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Pencil This In: Saturday

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Non-profit mentoring group WriteGirl is putting on a screening of Girls Rock! which is a documentary about a rock n' roll girls' camp, and hosting a panel discussion after the film. Scheduled panelists include WriteGirl's founder and executive director, singer-songwriter Keren Taylor; Grammy-award winning songwriter and WriteGirl mentor, Michelle Lewis; and Grammy Foundation Coordinator, Education Initiatives, Valerie Vanderwest.

7:30pm. Panel to follow from 9–9:30 p.m. // Landmark Theatre // 2222 S. Barrington, West L.A

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Concrete Folk Variations is writer-director Susan Simpson's puppet drama presented at The Manual Archives in serial form; tonight is the showing of Chapter One: Death of a Sugar Daddy. It's a noir tale of McCarthy-era LA that dramatizes the tension of closeted homosexuality via small-scale puppets. This sums it up better than we ever could: This cultural excavation of the moment just before the rise of the modern gay movement unearths secret codes, clandestine homosexual societies, flamboyant transgressions and soul crushing silence, all under the looming storm of police crack-downs and public shaming. Concrete Folk Variations is an hypnotic tale of the formidable times that sparked the first calls for liberation, mapping a rich and labyrinthine culture stretching from the docks of Long Beach to the communist song circles of Silver Lake.

8 p.m. // The Manual Archives // 3320 West Sunset Blvd. Silver Lake // (323) 667-0156 // $15, Students and Seniors: $12

Shotgun Space welcomes Nature Morte, an exhibition bringing together the work of Alana Celii, Nicole Jean Hill, and Yuki Ando. The featured sculptures and photographs look at how we relate to nature; the show runs through the end of March. In the same building, DRKRM is opening an exhibit of Ryan Herz's work, entitled The Children of Edgewood.

7-10 p.m. // Shotgun Space // 2121 San Fernando Rd #11 // Free

"Go to the theatre!" quoth the Raven. Okay, maybe that's a bit of a stretch. There's an Edgar Allan Poe-tacular called, appropriately, Poe Fest going on in North Hollywood at the spookily-named Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre. See The Telltale Heart and The Bells at 6:30, followed by The Pit and the Pendulum at 8:30 tonight.

6:30 & 8:30 p.m. // Z. J. U. - Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group // 4850 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood // (818) 202-4120 // Single Performance Tix: $12; Double feature: $18

Pay your respects to a big part of our local automotive history at the Petersen's ongoing exhibit La Vida Lowrider: Cruising the City of Angels. It's out of the barrios and into the museums for this feature honoring the art, design, function and meaning of these classic cars.

Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. // Petersen Automotive Museum // 6060 Wilshire Blvd. // $10 Adults, $5 Seniors/Students, $3 Children

LAist's Special Projects Editor Elise Thompson contributed to this post

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