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Pencil This In: Hammer Lecture with Jeffrey Vallance

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Baroque music takes over WDCH tonight. / Photo by el daverino via LAist's flickr pool.
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ART TALK*
The Hammer Museum hosts an Artist Talk tonight at 7 pm with LA-based artist Jeffrey Vallance, whose work encompasses object-making, installation, performance, curating and writing. Examples of his art include projects as burying a frozen hen (Blinky the Friendly Hen, 1978) at a pet cemetery, traveling throughout Polynesia in search of the origin of the myth of Tiki, having an audience with the King of Tonga, creating a Richard Nixon Museum, installing an exhibit aboard a tugboat in the Västerbotten Maritime Museum in Umeå, Sweden, curating shows in the fabulous museums of Las Vegas, such as the Liberace Museum, Debbie Reynolds Casino, Cranberry Museum and the Clown Museum. The free lecture is being held in conjunction with the current exhibit "Nine Lives: Visionary Artists from L.A." It's the fifth in the Hammer’s biannual invitational exhibition series highlighting work created in greater Los Angeles. Tickets are required and will be available at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office one hour prior to start time. Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6 pm.

CLASSICAL
The Baroque Variations series at Walt Disney Concert Hall continues tonight at 8 pm featuring conductor Harry Bicket and David Daniels, countertenor. “The English Concert” features Bach’s “Suite No. 1 in C, BWV 1066,” "Vergnügte Ruh" from Cantata No. 170, "Qui sedes" from Mass in B minor, Sinfonia from Cantata No. 42, "Schlummert ein" from Cantata No. 82, "Erbarme dich" from St. Matthew Passion. Handel is also on the program with Concerto Grosso in A, Op. 6, No. 11, "Ombra cara" from Radamisto, "A dispetto" from Tamerlano, Act II Passacaglia from Radamisto and Mad Scene from Orlando.

FILM
The Burbank International Film Festival is taking place this week at Woodbury University. Today’s screenings will be held in the Fletcher Jones Foundation Auditorium, with a lineup that includes animation, shorts, student film, music videos and socially conscious films.

READING
Dr. Drew Pinsky and Dr. S. Mark Young take to the stage in a free reading at the Skirball tonight at 7:30 pm. They’ll discuss their new book The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America, and offer an “eye-opening look at our celebrity-crazed culture--from what drives people to seek fame in the first place to how our obsession with celebrity is changing the emotional landscape of America.”

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