Pencil This In: WonderCon Opens in Anaheim, Gallery1988's 'Is This Thing On? 2 Too' and Bunnies at the Zoo

TGIF! Here’s what’s happening today in LA: dancer-choreographer luciana achugar presents a dance duet in DTLA; a poetry reading / art show closing reception for Julienne Johnson’s exhibition; a double-feature of The Smiling Lieutenant and Roxanne; bunny time at the LA Zoo; WonderCon opens in Anaheim; a show at Gallery1988’s newest location; and a comedy benefit for Jail Guitar Doors. Read on for all the details.

WONDERCON
For the second year, Comic-Con International opens a baby version of its SD show in Anaheim. WonderCon takes over the A&B halls of the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend with games, comics, anime, panels and multiple programming tracks. The three-day passes are sold out, but day tickets are still left for today and Sunday. $10-$25.

POP ART*
Tonight Gallery1988 (West) opens officially at 7308 Melrose Ave. with an opening reception from 7-10 PM. The newest location plays host to the exhibition Is This Thing On? 2 Too—the latest in G9188’s series of art shows based on comedians and funny people. They’re pretty much keeping the art and theme a secret, so you just have to show up to see it. The show runs through April 20.

ART
There’s a closing reception and program tonight for Julienne Johnson’s latest body of work at LA Artcore - Brewery Annex tonight at 7:30 pm. In the exhibition, Johnson explores communication and connectivity through her mixed media paintings. The program tonight includes a poetry reading—;SPOKEn WORD & PAINT—featuring writers Peter Frank and Jack Grapes.

DANCE
Tonight (and tomorrow) at 8:30 pm, dancer-choreographer luciana achugar presents the LA premiere of the dance duet Puro Deseo at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles in DTLA. “Drawing on paranormal phenomena, the occult and Gothic representations of monstrosity, achugar and collaborator Michael Mahalchick generate an eerily tangible force in this visceral incantation built from sound, movement and the conflicting presences of light and dark.” Tickets: $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

CLASSIC FILM
There’s a great double feature classic film program—Something Old, Something New—tonight and tomorrow at the New Beverly. At 7:30 pm is the Ernst Lubitsch 1931 film The Smiling Lieutenant starring Maurice Chevalier and Claudette Colbert. It’s a 35mm print restored by UCLA. It’s followed at 9:45 by another romantic comedy, Roxanne, with Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah and Rick Rossovich, who played the not-so-bright but hot fireman is scheduled to appear in person tonight to talk about the film.

BUNNIES
The LA Zoo kicks off its annual three day event, Big Bunny’s Spring Fling, today through Sunday. Visitors can head over to Eucalyptus Grove to pet fuzzy bunnies in the Live Bunny Patch, explore the world of rabbits at the Bunny Discovery Zone and craft their personal bunny ears. Until 4 pm today. Zoo admission is $17 for adults and $12 for children ages 2 to 12.

ARCHITECTURE
There’s an opening reception tonight at 7 pm at SCI-Arc for the exhibition A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979. It’s the first show to open as part of the Getty’s initiative Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. The show examines the pivotal role played by the temporary gallery held in the Venice home of architect Thom Mayne for several weeks in 1979. The gallery was the city’s first dedicated to architecture. On view through July 7.

COMEDY
Tonight at 8 pm, Nerdist Industries presents a Jail Guitar Doors Comedy Night Benefit at NerdMelt. The nonprofit Jail Guitar Doors brings musical instruments and education to the prison and ex-prison population, and the comics tonight hope to raise funds for musical programs, instruments and writing workshops. Scheduled to appear are Matt Braunger, Neil Hamburger, Horatio Sanz, Matt Dwyer, Laura Kightlinger, Rob Delaney, Christian Duguay and a musical performance by Jail Guitar Doors founder Wayne Kramer. Tickets: $10. All proceeds go to Jail Guitar Doors.

*Pencil pick of the day

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