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Love, lust and other human odditiesd

In The Arts

July 22, 2010

Gallimaufry Performing arts presents Naomi Grossman's "Carnival Knowledge: Love, Lust and Other Human Oddities" for a single performance before heading overseas for its European premiere as part of the 2010 Edinburgh Festival.

The "sneak-peek" performance will take place at 9 tonight at the Artists' Theatre, 625 Park Ave.

The audience is taken on a rough but thrilling ride through the twists and turns of the rollercoaster that is the search for one's soul mate, only to discover that maybe love is easier to find than it seems, according to a news release.

Set on a carnival midway, the award-nominated solo performer chronicles her dating history by depicting a freak show full of suitors: a touchy-feely yoga teacher, a furry in a chicken-suit, a touring Argentine football team, a dangerous, hot-headed hunk; and the list goes on. Her perils and pitfalls of playing the dating game ultimately lead her to rethink her strategy in the quest to find "the one."

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Presented as part of the 2010 Gallimaufry Arts Festival, the show is intended for mature audiences.

Tickets are $15. For more information, visit http://www.gallimaufry.org or call (949) 499-5060.

Author Janelle Brown to appear at Laguna Beach books

Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Hwy., will feature Janelle Brown, author of "This is Where We Live," a novel about subprime mortgages, ruthless Hollywood economics, and the unraveling of a young marriage at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Janelle will read an excerpt from her book, answer questions, and sign copies at this free event.

Her book tells the story of Claudia and Jeremy, a young, artistic married couple (she's an aspiring filmmaker, he's an indie musician) who, while on the verge of making it big, encounter a series of seismic events that deal a crushing blow to their dreams of the bohemian life and their professional aspirations and make them question their values and their shared vision of the future.

Brown is a novelist, essayist and journalist, whose writing appears regularly in the New York Times, Vogue, Elle, Wired, Self, the Los Angeles Times and other publications.

Mukti, an ensemble of accomplished musicians whose spicy blend of tabla rhythms, flamenco guitar, harmonium, piano and R&B-flavored vocals are breathing new life into the world of Kirtan.

Their debut album, "Light of the Sun," is a collection of original songs in Sanskrit and English, enlivened by the group's years of collective spiritual practice and deep devotion.

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