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Pencil This In: Downtown Art Walk, Absinthe

Crewest Gallery is just one of the participating venues during tonight's Downtown Art Walk. / Photo by victoriabernal via LAist's flickr pool.
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So you want to learn a little more about the green drink? Morton's downtown is holding a seminar on the art and history of absinthe with an evening of Pernod absinthe cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from 6-7:30 pm. “From the slow pour of the fairy fountain, to the sugar cube and slotted spoon...absinthe tasting is a cocktail experience to savor.” Tickets are $45 per person.

Tens of thousands of people in LA live in extreme slum housing, and it’s making them sick. Unsatisfied with the traditional response to this public health crisis, four nonprofit organizations teamed up to break the cycle of illness and social injustice and formed a coalition that has achieved unprecedented results in the fight for healthy homes and healthy kids. In "Healthy Homes, Healthy Kids" Hear from panelists Gilda Haas of SAJE, Nancy Halpern-Ibrahim of Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, Jim Mangia of St. John’s Well Child and Family Center and Becky Dennison of the Los Angeles Community Action Network. The evening at the Center for Healthy Communities will be moderated by Patt Morrison from 89.3 KPCC.

The monthly Downtown Art Walk, a self-guided tour of downtown galleries and other venues, happens until 9 pm tonight. Special events tonight include: Contemporary short films & videos at Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles; Metropolis Books’ 7 pm exhibit of photos of Downtown Los Angeles by Jack Nadelle; A stand-up comedy show starring Rawle Lewis from Cool Runnings and Karen Anzoategui from the Ice House at the Alexandria Hotel; and complimentary sparkling wine cocktails and hors d'oeuvres for an early St. Patty's Day at Tiara Cafe.