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Pencil This In: LAPL's Young Literati, 'Talking Pictures' Exhibit, Scrabble Challenge and Spotlight: LA Tech

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There's still time to catch 'UK Street Art Print Nite' Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City. | Pictured: Superman by D*Face.

There's still time to catch 'UK Street Art Print Nite' Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City. | Pictured: Superman by D*Face.
The Young Literati group of the Los Angeles Public Library is holding a talk tonight with artist Cathy Opie, comedian Patton Oswalt and Wesley Stace—better known as singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding. They’re Angelenos who’ll talk about what they do and how they do it. At the Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library. The talk begins at 8 pm, and there’s a musical performance at 9:30 pm with He's My Brother, She's My Sister. $15 admission / $10 Young Literati members. Some tix may be available at the door for the talk, but space is still available for the concert. 

Cambridge Jones has been described as the UK’s version of Annie Leibovitz. Jones’ new exhibit, which opens today at Barnsdall Art Park, features 30 portraits, including many Welsh actors. In the audio accompanying the Talking Pictures exhibit, Cambridge asks his subjects to talk briefly about who or what inspired them. (Hence the name of the show.) The show is open Thursday-Sunday from 12-5 pm through April 24. Free.

BookEnds hosts the 3rd annual Believe in Kids SCRABBLE Challenge fundraiser tonight to support literacy and leadership in LA schools and organizations. It’s features a friendly Scrabble tournament and a silent auction. At the Mark in Beverly Hills. 6-9:30 pm. Single player entry fee starts at $100.

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Tonight TechZulu hosts Spotlight: LA Tech, a meetup/screening session of technology that's being developed right here in SoCal. Demo by Mobile Roadie, and presentations by Graphlight, Smartvark, QLess, You Rock digital and daqri. 6-9 pm at USC Davidson Conference Center. Tickets: $35.

A new exhibition opens today at the University Art Museum of Cal State Long Beach. The Plains of Id: Mapping Urban Intervention in Los Angeles focuses on the work of artists who “intervene within a specific area of Los Angeles’ sprawling topography.” Artists include: Sandra de la Loza, Patrick “Pato” Hebert, Joel Tauber and the Fallen Fruit collective, who employ activist art and use LA itself to understand broader issues of urbanism. Opening reception tonight from 5-8 pm. The show runs through April 17.

The fourteen members of UCLA's premiere all-female a cappella group Random Voices gathers to perform their winter show—a celebration of their 11th year as a group— at Fowler Out Loud. 6 pm. Free.

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