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Pencil This In: Tequila Tasting in Pasadena, Art Opening at La Luz de Jesus and Dan Fante at Skylight

Opening at La Luz de Jesus gallery tonight: Simply Iconic. (Image: Awaken By My Alarm by Charles Lucas)
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Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone. If you're staying in town, we found a couple of events that might entice you to go out tonight: there's a tequila tasting at a/k/a in Pasadena; an art opening at La Luz de Jesus; and writer Dan Fante at Skylight Books.

There's an opening reception tonight from 8-11 pm for Simply Iconic, an exhibition of self-taught Southern artists included in the Smithsonian American Art Museum's permanent collection. Artists include: Sam Doyle, Purvis Young, Herbert Singleton, Roy Ferdinand, Charlie Lucas, Sulton Rogers and O. L. Samuels. The show is up through Oct. 3.

a/k/a [An American Bistro] launches the series Spirits Tasting with Liquid Chef Brady Weise beginning tonight at tomorrow from 4 to 5 pm. The tastings will take place weekly on Fridays and Saturdays. The spirit category will change monthly, with the first month being Tequila, including Paqui, Partida, Chinaco and Tesoro. Maximum number for the tasting is 15 people, so reserve now. $25 per person.

Novelist and poet Dan Fante is at Skylight Books tonight to sign his memoir Fante: A Family's Legacy of Writing, Drinking and Surviving. He covers the lives of his Italian grandfather, his famous writer-father John Fante (Ask the Dust) and his own life, his writing and personal struggles with alcoholism. His other books include Chump Change, Mooch, Spitting Off Tall Buildings, the short story collection Short Dog; two books of poetry, and the plays “The Boiler Room” and “Don Giovanni.”

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