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Pencil This In: Poetry Readings, Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas

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The New American Writing Series at the Hammer Museum tonight presents readings by poets Rae Armantrout and Rachel Loden. Armantrout is a professor of writing in the literature department at UCSD and the author of 10 books of poetry. Loden is the author of Dick of the Dead, released in May. The event begins at 7 pm and is free to the public.

In the program Flash in the East, Flash in the West, art Historian Miwon Kwon considers the significance of the exhibition Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists from Korea in the context of a “global” art world. Kwon is assistant professor of contemporary art history at UCLA and author of One Place After Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity. The event is free, tickets required—available one hour before the program. The lecture begins at 7 pm.

Matthew Modine stars in Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas at the Geffen Playhouse tonight at 8 pm. Written by Blair Singer and directed by John Rando, the satire parodies celebrity humanitarianism, Hollywood and hand sanitizer. “Eighties heartthrob Matthew Modine was ‘A-List’ all the way. But now, a couple decades later, he’s not any lists. He needs to get back in the limelight - he needs ... a Cause. With the help of uber-publicist Whimberly North, Matthew channels his talents toward the common good and heads off to a small South American village to meet the Chimborazzi tribe and save their alpacas. Now, if only there wasn’t so much dirt in Ecuador...” Tickets are $35-$55, and the play runs through Oct. 18.