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Pencil This In: Macabre Magic Stories and Parking Space Art

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As part of its exhibits that focus on art and magic, the Skirball holds a lecture on magic gone wrong, the Hammer kicks off a sound art series, the Flatiron Truck parks it at Breadbar tonight and the Everything Is Festival kicks off at Cinefamily tonight. Read on for all the little details and more.


Dan Colen, 'Blop!,' 2011 is part of the 'Post 9-11' group show at OHWOW gallery. | © Dan Colen. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Robert McKeever.
Tonight at 8 pm, the Skirball Center welcomes magician Joshua Jay for the program Tragic Magic: A History of Fatal Conjuring. In the lecture/performance, Jay will delve into the macabre side of magic, exploring some of the strangest deaths that have happened to magicians, assistants and even audience members throughout magic’s rich history. He’ll even perform one of the deadly stunts for those in attendance. 8 pm. Tickets: $12, $10 Skirball members and $6 full-time students.

The Hammer Museum kicks off a summer sound and performance works series today with works by Corey Fogel, Jessica Catron and Hana van der Kolk. The museum hopes to transform the visitor experience in and around the public spaces. Until 9 pm tonight, musician and performance artist Corey Fogel will be installed in the lobby with his drum kit, objects, textiles and food. His work will evolve throughout the day as he responds to the presence of visitors and the energy of the space. Museum admission—and this program—is FREE every Thursday.

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As part of Breadbar’sHatchi Truck Stop series, the Flatiron Truck chefs create an eight-dish menu that highlights local, seasonal ingredients at Breadbar Century City from 6-11 pm tonight. The dishes ($8 each; $32 minimum purchase) on the one-night only menu include: Red Snapper Crudo with Stone Fruits, Flatiron Steak and Potatoes with Romesco Sauce, and Chicken & Waffle Cupcake with Maple Bourbon Ice Cream.

LAXART holds the opening event tonight from 7-9 pm for the year-long exhibition Art in the Parking Space. For the exhibition, invited artists will create temporary works in parking spots in LA sporadically throughout the year. Tonight artists Pierre Bismuth, Jonathan Monk, and Anita Pace will take over a few parking spaces surrounding LAXART. One of the works will include a dance performance followed by an open dance session in the parking spaces. Audience participation is welcome.

Everything is Terrible, the “maestros of found footage comedy” and Cinefamily team up for the second-annualEverything is Festival 2011. The Fourth of July holiday will probably never be the same with these lectures, found film gems, comedy bits and just plain weird stuff. The five-day event starts today with a Conan O’Brien Writers Panel Retrospective at 7:45 pm with writers both past and present. The panel will be hosted by Jimmy Pardo. Tickets: $12. At 9:45, “culinary psychedelic puppet pioneer” Thu Tran presents her favorite clips from the IFC series Food Party, shows never-before-seen related video shorts and does a cooking demo. Tickets: $12. The rest of the lineup for the festival is just as wacky and fantastical.

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