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Arts and Entertainment

Pencil This In: Wacko Salon, Film Screenings at the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Adam Gopnik and Mat Kearney

Multimedia artist Sanford Biggers performs at the Hammer Museum tonight. (Photo: Micael Palma)
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Multimedia artist Sanford Biggers performs Moon Medicine tonight at 7 pm at the Hammer Museum. The piece is an “aural and optical experiment” that’s part jam session and performative film screening. Biggers’ live work weaves “found images of punk, funk, film noir, sci-fi, traditional Samoan dance, and Buddhism with original video content and improvised turntableism and veejaying.” Free.

Billy's Thursday Night Fish Fry & Community Social is a new monthly performance salon at Wacko / La Luz de Jesus. With event host and M/C: comedian Blaine Capatch (Comedy Central, Los Angeles Derby Dolls), the “multimedia mixed-bag variety show of music, spoken word, unusual performance and more,” features Belly Danseuse Europa, Michael Rozon (steel guitar), Destiny O'Dempsey and Lee Joseph, Best Western (Songs of the Hangmen), Human Drama (acoustic performance), Douglas Lee and His Glass Harp and a short film by Christy Kane. 8 pm. All ages, no cover.

The Getty hosts New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik, for a lecture on Winter Scenes tonight from 7:30-8:30 pm at the Getty’s Harold M. Williams Auditorium. Gopnik speaks on the vision of winter in modern art as represented in the “German Romantic (and nationalist) paintings of Caspar David Friedrich to the sublime Swiss vistas of J. M. W. Turner, to the stylish Japanese-inflected snowstorms of Claude Monet and Camille Pissaro, and beyond.” Free, but reservations recommended.

Filmforum presents artist and filmmaker Vanessa Renwicktonight at 8 pm at the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City. She’ll premiere new piece, Charismatic Megafauna, and also show other short films that complement the museum’s eccentric and fantastical exhibits. Tickets: $7.20-11:33.

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The ALOUD Series at the Central Library welcomes Philip Levine, U.S. Poet Laureate, who’s in conversation tonight with Robert Casper, head of Poetry and Literature Center, Library of Congress. Levine is the author of 20 collections of poems, including most recently News of the World. Standby only.

Folk-rocker Mat Kearney continues the second leg of his US headlining tour to promote his latest album Young Love at the Mayan Theater. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $36.35.

*Pencil pick of the day

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