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Pencil This In: Pablo Neruda's Poems, Open Projector Night at the Hammer and the Downtown Art Walk

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Tonight’s the monthly Downtown Artwalk. In addition to numerous gallery exhibits, Hold Up Art curates the space at Banco Popular Center (4th & Spring) with an installation by artists Eye One & Cache. Music will be provided by Eron Surdam and SP of DANCiSM. Artist Reception at 6 pm. The Post-Art Walk Party begins at 10 pm at the Golden Gopher.

It’s Open Projector Night at the Hammer Museum hosted by Jason and Randy Sklar. Bring your short film (maximum 10 minutes), and throw it on the screen before the gathered crowd. There will be prizes for best films. Free popcorn and cash bar! Submissions begin at 7 m and are first come, first served. Accepted formats: VHS! DVD, Mini DV & Mini HDV, Super 8mm, 8mm and 16mm film. 7:30 pm. Free.

Tonight, Mary Heebner will present and sign a new collection of Pablo Neruda's poems,illustrated by her original paintings, tonight at Stories Books and Cafe in Echo Park. “Intimacies visually explores Neruda’s presentation of love through Heebner’s delicate, yet powerful display of male and female nudes.” Select poems from the book will also be read in English and Spanish. 7-9 pm.

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The event ONE LOVE - Unity through art and word takes place from 8 pm-midnight
at Corazon del Pueblo in Boyle Heights. It’s an evening of poetry, art, spoken word and music to help envision black and Latino unity and explore ways to build more united communities. Performers and musicians include poet Peter J. Harris, kristopher Escajeda, David Ary, Querrilla Queenz and numerous artists.

Christopher Monkhouse from the Art Institute of Chicago, will discuss his recent exhibition, A Case for Wine: From King Tut to Today,which explores the grape and its transformation into wine. The lecture will discuss the historical and geographical range of wine production and consumption, suggesting that wine still serves as a stimulus and source of inspiration for artistic endeavors. The lecture begins at 7 pm at LACMA’s Brown Auditorium. Tickets: $20 General Admission, $15 LACMA members, free for Decorative Arts and Design Council members and students with ID.

Tonight at 7 pm, Vroman’s welcomes author Beth Hoffman to discuss and sign her debut novel Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. “Honeycutt realizes at an early age that her mother is crazy and the laughingstock of their small Ohio town, while her father is an absentee parent at best. All of this changes, though, after her mother's sudden and tragic death.” The book’s been compared to Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees.

For the Love of Tiger is a two-person exhibit that opens tonight at Munky King on Melrose. It features LA-based artists Martin Hsu and Andrew Brandou who created artwork around the themes of the Year of the Tiger and tigers as endangered species. Here's an online preview. The artists reception starts at 7 pm.

Unfortunately, Lucha va Voom tonight at the Mayan is way sold out.

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