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Pencil This In: Art Walks in Downtown and Culver City, Emily Blunt at the Grove and Free Play Readings

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Emily Blunt from Young Victoria is doing a Q&A tonight at the Grove. | Photo courtesy of Apparition.

Emily Blunt from Young Victoria is doing a Q&A tonight at the Grove. | Photo courtesy of Apparition.
Golden Globe-nominee Emily Blunt will participate in a Q&A will appear after the 7:15 pm screening of The Young Victoria on tonight at Pacific’s The Grove Stadium 14. In The Young Victoria, she plays Queen Victoria to Rupert Friend’s Prince Albert. It’s one of history’s greatest romances.

The monthly Downtown Art Walk continues through 9 pm tonight. Making its debut: The Lounge, a visitor’s center at the Exchange (114 W. 5th St.); a happening where people are being asked to dress in white, bring instruments and parade through Art Walk. It starts at 7 pm at Vibiana’s Cathedral. Post Art Walk, head to the Golden Gopher with Darren Revell DJ’ing and original paintings being featured from Sumo Surfer.

From 6-9 pm Crewest Gallery hosts a live performance by Unification Theory, graffiti artist Man One, visual artist/writer Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca and Los Angeles artist/designer Ritzy Periwinkle. Beto Cuevas, special guest and lead singer of the Grammy award winning Spanish Rock Band “La Ley” will also be painting live. The pieces created will be specifically themed for the release of the new feature film The Book of Eli.  

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Otis College and Santa Monica College’s Art Department present LA Times art critic Christopher Knight who’ll give a public lecture tonight on “Criticism, Journalism and Looking @ Art.” The event, which is being held on The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College, begins at 7:30 pm and is free and open to the public.

Theatre West kicks off its New Year New Works Festival, a free series of five rehearsed readings of new plays, tonight at 8 pm. Up first is Grandma Good, written by Arden Teresa Lewis and directed by Charlie Mount. A troubled but gifted young boy is befriended by a reclusive elderly widow. His parents are more intent on destroying each other than raising him, and Mrs. Good, their neighbor, is dragged into the strange neurosis of their world. The event features actors Lee Meriwether, Joey Luthman, Corinne Shor, Yancey Dunham and Don Moore.

For Westsiders who don't want to drive Downtown, Culver City is doing its own Art Walk tonight, too. Here's a listing and map of the galleries involved, including LAXART, Susanne Vielmetter, Billy Shire Fine Arts and many more.

Remember participating Coffee Bean locations are giving out free 12 oz. Heritage drinks today from 4-7 pm.

For film events, check out LAist's Film Calendar.

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