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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.

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The Santa Monica Museum of Art is holding opening receptions from 7-9 pm tonight for three exhibits. Allen Ruppersberg: You and Me or The Art of Give and Take explores the work of Ruppersberg who finds source material in the everyday. In Project Room 1: Nicole Cherubini presents three new 'box' sculptures that reference the history of clay. In Tell Me Something Good: A Collaboration between Kim Schoenstadt and Rita McBride, the two artists “created their 'exchange' of instructions to create their respective artworks, transforming visual information into language and back to visual again.” Also on site for the reception: Sprinkles Cupcake Mobile and Frankenstand.

LACMA and the Los Angeles Jazz Society is presenting the inaugural L.A. Jazz Treasure Award to jazz trumpet legend Snooky Young tonight at 6 pm at its Friday Night Jazz Series. The evening features a special tribute band comprised of Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and Tonight Show band members. Young recently turned 90 and has had an illustrious career, playing lead trumpeter of the Jimmie Lunceford band from 1939 to 1942 and has played with Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band. His longest engagement was with the Tonight Show Band from 1967 through 1992. Young is still playing and recording with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. The event is free and open to the public.

The Egyptian Theater screens a double feature of Nickelodeon (1976) and Mask (1985) with director Peter Bogdanovich speaking in between the films. The first is a comedy about the earliest days of the Hollywood movie industry with Ryan O’Neal, Burt Reynolds, Tatum O’Neal and Jane Hitchcock. And the second chronicles the life of disfigured teen Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz) who fights against his disease and prejudices with the help of his biker mom (Cher) and her boyfriend (Sam Elliott).Tickets are $7-10. The show begins at 7:30 pm.

*Pencil pick of the day

Coming up this weekend: LA Greek Fest, Sunset Strip Music Festival and Heard of Elephants collective performance @ Downtown's Junction Block Saturday night.

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