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Pencil This In: Santa Monica Museum of Art Artist Receptions, Harveys Seatbeltbags Launch INTRO

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There’s a launch party and reading at Skylight Books of Peter Gadol’s brand-new novel Silver Lake, set in...Silver Lake. In his seventh book, Gadol chronicles two architects’ happy life together, and how that happiness is shattered by a peculiar, yet attractive, stranger. The reading begins at 7:30 pm. Free.

We love the name of this sketch comedy production: This Is Why Mommy Drinks. The original improv sketch comedy features performers are from the Los Angeles Training Center Conservatory Program. The cast includes: David Carmon, Robert Chan, Michael Churven, WJ “Bill” Kelly, Erin Lampart, Luke Lizalde, Michaela Meyers, Jonathan Moss, Jaya Subramanian, Ellen Thompson, Junior Usaraga, Kate van de Goor and Justin Vrbancic. Musical Direction by Michael Pollock. Directed by Ron West. The show begins at 8 pm tonight at The Second City Studio Theatre. Tickets are $10.

Harveys Seatbeltbags on Melrose hosts an open canvas launch party for INTRO: An Art and Fashion Competition tonight from 7-10 pm. The competition is for undiscovered artists to win a chance to host their own art show in the gallery and design a custom seatbelt strap. They’re providing complimentary beer, bar snacks & blank canvases that guests can customize.