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Pencil This In: Wine, Dancing, Fleetwood Macbeth and Pop Art at La Luz de Jesus

Van Saro's 'Pop! Pop!' is just one of the works being shown tonight at La Luz de Jesus Gallery.
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As a friend so eloquently put it on Twitter this morning, "Where the f*ck did June go?" Yes, it's the start of July and a long holiday weekend, so if you're in town tonight, we found a number of cool events to check out. There are two pop art shows opening at La Luz de Jesus Gallery to what's on tap at the wacky Everything Is Festival at Cinefamily to a preview show of the Troubie's Fleetwood Macbeth. Then there's the usual Friday stuff like Dance Downtown, Barnsdall Wine Tastings* and Abbot Kinney First Fridays. Read on for all the details.
Also, last night we had the chance to see good storytelling and performance by magician Joshua Jay at the Skirball Center. His talk on Tragic Magic "honored the heroes and immortalized the dunces"—those who died while performing magic. Of course, Jay talked about Harry Houdini, and even did the needle trick (swallowing and regurgitating 20 needles), but we found his card tricks even more dumbfounding. If you haven't had a chance to see the exhibits on art and magic at the Skirball or a related program, you still have time before the shows close.
Two shows open at La Luz de Jesus gallery tonight with an opening reception from 8-11 pm. The mixed media works found in Mark Todd's Force Field combine snippets of covers and characters from comics. In the adjoining gallery, there’s also a group show going up with art by Van Saro, Simon Sotelo, Andy Steele and Hui Tan, four artists that were last on exhibit during the gallery’s popular Everything But The Kitchen Synch show. The exhibitions are up through July 31.

We wish we could just sleep at Cinefamily this weekend so we could catch more of the weird/experimental/so-bad-its-good stuff on the big screen during the Everything Is Festival. Here’s what the folks at Everything Is Terrible have in store for us tonight: At 7:45 pm, there’s a keynote on “Adventures in Illegal Art” by Mark Hosler, from the band of merry musicians/pranksters Negativland. At 10 pm, there will be a reunion and performance by Candybox Violence doing the complete rescoring of The Pelican Brief. Capping the night at 11:59 pm is a screening of Devil Fetus, plus more mixed martial arts-meets-the-supernatural treats. Tickets for each program are sold separately. $10 each event.

What a better way to wait out the July 4th holiday/Friday traffic than by sitting in a beautiful park and sipping great wine? Wine tastings at Barnsdall Art Parkare selected and served up by the folks at Silverlake Wine. Tickets: $25 must be purchased in advance. No door sales. Kids and designated drivers are only $5. If you want to add a tour of the Hollyhock House, that’ll cost $40. 5:30-8:30 pm. *Updated 12:57 pm: Now sold out.

It’s a free night of dancing at the Music Center for another installment of Dance Downtown from 6:30-10 pm. Tonight’s theme is Bollywood/Bhangra, but no experience is necessary. There are beginner dance lessons sprinkled throughout the evening. Bring your two left feet and cut loose. Free.

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There’s a preview of the Troubadour Theater Company's latest production Fleetwood Macbeth at the Falcon Theatre Company in Burbank tonight at 8 pm. It’s exactly what it seems: a mashup of Shakespeare’s Macbeth set to Fleetwood Mac songs. Preview tickets: $27. Through Aug. 14.

> Also, if you're on the Westside and don't want to stray too far from home, tonight's the monthly First Friday celebration on Abbot Kinney.

Be safe this weekend, everyone! Watch out for those DUI checkpoints.

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