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Pencil This In: Paintings Come to Life, Poetry Festival Kicks Off, Mass Happy Hour on the Strip

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The Pageant of the Masters

The Pageant of the Masters
Pageant of the Masters
Today marks the opening of one of Orange County's flagship events. The Pageant of the Masters -- yes, that scene in "Arrested Development" was based on something real -- is 90 minutes of "living pictures" (see a video showing how it looks here). People pose on intricately designed sets to look exactly like a famous painting. It's all accompanied by live narration and an original score played by an orchestra. The event runs nightly through August 31st.

Poetry Festival
Tonight marks the beginning of the four-day InkSlam, the Los Angeles Poetry Festival. Taking place at the Greenway Court Theatre on Fairfax, the festival kicks off with "Ink’d OUT: Speaking Loud and Clear from the Queer Community" and a storytellers show. The festival is also the official host of the West Coast Regional Spoken Word Championship.

Just launched on Tuesday by the Antaeus Company, this festival will bring 13 plays, many of them works in progress, over the next month and a half. Opening the fest at Deaf West Theatre in the NoHo Arts District, is "Peace In Our Time" by Noël Coward, which explores this question: "What if the Nazis had successfully invaded Britain?"

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Happy Hour
It's Wednesday, which means it's the Mass Happy Hour on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. The event includes 14 restaurants that will hold happy hour deals between 5 and 8 p.m. From the Rainbow Bar & Grill to BLT Steak, each eatery will offer a different $4 Sunset Strip Cocktail.

A musical about the foster care system? Premiering tonight for a five-show run at the NoHo Arts Center is Aging Out, a rock musical that tells the stories of 18 year olds who are aging out of the foster care system into independent, adult life in one giant, scary leap. Show organizers promise it's funny, but note that they're exploring some very serious and dangerous issues at the same time. Tickets are $20.