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Pencil This In: Celebrating Charles Darwin and Blake Edwards

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It's First Friday @ the Natural History Museum / Photo by S.C. Asher via LAist's flickr pool.


It's First Friday @ the Natural History Museum / Photo by S.C. Asher via LAist's flickr pool.
FIRST FRIDAYS*
Charles Darwin would have turned 200 this year. The Natural History Museum celebrates the scientist at its monthly First Friday event. At 5:30 pm take a tour of the Ornithology (bird) Collections with Kimball Garrett; then follow that up with the 6:30 pm book signing and discussion on “Darwin's Evolution” with writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt. If that’s not enough to entice you then stay for the music and (7-10 pm) by The Little Ones and Plants and Animals, and DJ sets by The Phatal DJ and DJ Kutmah.

PREVIEW
La Ronde is an examination of love, passion, sex and heartbreak by Arthur Schnitzler, who penned the play in 1897. It previews tonight at 8 pm the Zephyr Theatre and runs through Feb.1. This original multimedia presentation is delivered in “one-act episodes ranging from serious drama to farce-like fantasies.”

THEATRE
The story of Matthew Shepherd, the college student who was beaten and left to die because he was gay in Wyoming is the inspiration of The Laramie Project, put on tonight at 8 pm at Westchester Playhouse. It’s based on more than 200 interviews of Laramie residents, the play captures the town’s reaction to the tragedy. It runs through Feb. 14.

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ART
Blake Edwards has been a writer-director (and husband to Julie Andrews) for decades. His films -- Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Pink Panther, and Victor/Victoria etc. - have been his better known canvasses, but he’s been painting and sculpting for 40 years as well. Tonight Feingarten Galleries at the Pacific Design Center hosts his first retrospective “The Art of Blake Edwards” Curated by Gail Feingarten Oppenheimer, the show features pieces in numerous mediums including paintings, watercolors and sculptures.

*Pencil pick of the day

Check out our other listings for film events and other January happenings.