With more than 25 leagues worldwide, the nonprofit Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers is poised to take over the world, one “brawl” at a time. The L.A. chapter of CLAW flexes its muscles three to four times a year, with audience members betting (with fake money) on the wrestler they want to win in each of three rounds. At the Thanksgiving-themed Fall Brawl, contestants include Sister Patricia Pistolwhip, a psychotic nun with an entourage of half-naked men; Crystal “Double Stuff” Hills, a beauty queen from Kentucky; and Less Slim More Shady, the reigning champion, who returns to defend her title. “It's an amazing blend of theater and sport at the same time,” says executive producer Amanda McRaven, who's always looking to recruit and empower amateur arm wrestlers. Improv comedians will be on hand to judge the competition — and soften the blow of a strong arm — and a DJ will spin dance music after the match, the proceeds from which benefit Dancescape L.A. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., Westlake; Mon., Nov. 18, 7 p.m.; $10 advance, $12 at the door. (213) 389-3856, bootlegtheater.org.

Mon., Nov. 18, 2013

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