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Pencil This In: Bananas, Bananas, Bananas and Stephen Berkman @ the Hammer

The Gunslinger and the Songbird. / Photo by Stephen Berkman.
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The Hammer Museum presents a lecture by artist and photographer Stephen Berkman tonight at 7 pm. He’ll discuss his work, which uses antiquated photographic and optical processes. “Berkman, currently a teacher at the Art Center of Design, will also discuss his quixotic art in the context of the early history of the photographic medium, including phenomenology, spirit photography, and the technical processes used to achieve them.” The lecture is a related program to “The Darker Side of Light” exhibition. The public program is free, but tickets are required. Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6 pm.READING
Theatre West continues its free summer reading series tonight at 8 pm. The company’s actors present readings of new plays by the troupe’s playwrights. On the bill tonight is Dayle Reyfel’s “Slip/Knot” -- a play in which a married couple questions their relationship when they feel threatened by the romantic and sexual adventures of their newly divorced friends. Free parking in a lot across the street and no reservations are necessary.

There’s an opening reception tonight from 8-10 pm tonight for the exhibit “Fallen Fruit: United Fruit” at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions). The artists collective Fallen Fruit (David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young). Fallen Fruit artists had a recent residency in Colombia, South America, and the exhibit features a series of photographs and video installations exploring the social, political and pop history of the banana. Tonight’s opening also involves the participatory performance “Are You Happy to See Me?,” involving hundreds of bananas available for eating. Attendees will be encouraged to photograph themselves playing with the fruit. If you can’t make it tonight, the exhibit runs through Sept. 27.