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Pencil This In: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read, Galactic's New Orleans Funk, Billy's Fish Fry and Community Social

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Check out Laluzapalooza, the 26th Annual Group Show at La Luz de Jesus. It closes this weekend. (Image: Liz Adams, "They're Looking for Us")
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We love Thursday nights in LA. There's a plethora of events happening tonight, including a Live Read of The Big Lebowski at LACMA; the funk outfit Galactic at the El Rey; Billy's Thursday Night Fish Fry and Community Social at La Luz de Jesus; and Eric Erlandson reads and signs his new book, Letters to Kurt. Read on for all the details.

LIVE READING*
Film Independent at LACMA presents a Live Read of The Big Lebowski,directed by Jason Reitman, tonight at 7:30 pm. For the last installment of Reitman’s Live Read productions, the evening will feature a surprise cast reading the Ethan Coen’s and Joel Coen’s screenplay. Standby only—lineups begin at 6 pm at the Hammer Building Ticket Office. Guests in the standby line will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets: $10 for the general public; $7 for LACMA members, seniors (62+), and students with valid ID; $5 for LACMA Film Club, Film Independent, and New York Times Film Club Members

PERFORMANCE
The New Orleans funk outfit Galactic featuring Corey Glover (of Living Colour) and Corey Henry (Rebirth Brass Band) stops at the El Rey tonight to help promote their latest album Carnivale Electricos, bringing the spirit of Mardi Gras to LA. Opening act: The Soul Rebels. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $28.50 + fees.

SALON
La Luz de Jesus hosts Billy's Thursday Night Fish Fry and Community Social tonight from 8-11 pm. The monthly event features a “multimedia mixed-bag variety show” of acoustic based music, spoken word, performance art and more. Performers and artists include: Gitane DeMone, Pinky Turzo, The Dick & Jane Family Orchestra, Eli Presser’s Untitled Puppet Show and projections by Gio Toninelo. Tonight’s MC is Dave Foley. All ages and no cover.

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BOOKS
Eric Erlandson, guitarist and cofounder of the band Hole, discusses and signs his debut book Letters to Kurt tonight at 7:30 pm at Skylight Books. It’s an elegy to former Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Erlandson is joined by musician/writer James Greer, whose nonfiction book Guided By Voices: A Brief History is a biography about the band in which he used to play bass.

BOOKS
Tonight at 7 pm, Vroman’s hosts author Barb Stuckey who discusses and signs her book Taste What You’re Missing. You know what foods tastes good—but you might not understand why you love some foods and can’t tolerate others. Stuckey’s book explains the science of taste through individual biology, genetics and brain function.

TALK
The Hammer Museum presents architects David Adjaye and Mack Scogin in conversation tonight at 7 pm. Adjaye’s firm, Adjaye Associates, has won several prestigious commissions worldwide including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo. Scogin’s recent recognitions include the 2011 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a 2012 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture for the Gates and Hillman Centers for Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Free.

*Pencil pick of the day

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