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Pencil This In: Hollywood Xpo at Universal City, Art Fair in Ventura, Stars vs. Planets at Las Virgenes Canyon

Get yer geek on at the Hollywood Xpo this weekend. | Photo by Plankton 4:20 via LAist's flickr pool.
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There’s a Stars vs. Planets program tonight at 7:30 pm at the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve in Calabasas. A volunteer astronomer shows participants the visual differences between planets and stars. There will be a moderate ½-mile hike. The two-hour program is free, but parking is $3. Meet at the Victory Trailhead.

Skylight Books hosts a launch party for four new titles from What Books Press. There will be readings and discussion from Gail Wronsky (So Quick Bright Things), Chuck Rosenthal (Coyote O'Donohughe's History of Texas), Alicia Partnoy, Ramon Garcia (Other Countries) and Gronk (A Giant Claw). 7:30 pm.

Hollywood Xpo, is the first multimedia, popular culture convention for fans of science fiction, fantasy and horror, film, TV, comics, online entertainment, literature and music. Think of it as a combination platter of geek fests. Held at the Universal City Hilton, they’re promising appearances by Stan Lee, Ray Bradbury, Jonathan Frakes, Walter Koenig, Tim Kring (and a mini-Heroes reunion). It starts today and runs through Sunday. There’s also an exhibit hall of collectibles. Three-day general admission tickets are $75, and single day general admission tickets are $25 Friday, $30 Saturday and $25 Sunday.

This weekend's the Harvest Festival in Ventura, the largest-West Coast indoor art and craft show. Check out exhibits of ceramics, paintings, jewelry, blown glass, hand woven clothing, photography, candles, woodwork, garden designs, specialty foods, antique treasures and more. At Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds. The show runs through Sunday. Tickets: $9, kids 12 & under, free.

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