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Pencil This In: Sherlock Holmes Discussion; Eli Broad in Conversation; and Charlene Kaye and Team StarKid

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Here's what's going on around LA tonight: A panel discussion at the Hammer on the influence of Sherlock Holmes in contemporary culture; Eli Broad in conversation with LA Times Jim Newton; Charlene Kaye and Team StarKid at the HOB; Indian art and poetry discussion at LACMA and TAG Gallery opens a new group show. Read on for all the details.

The Hammer Museum presents the program Elementary, My Dear Reader: An Evening with Sherlock Holmes and Friends tonight at 7 pm. The panel discussion will focus on how Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective has influenced contemporary culture from criminology to fiction to film. On the panel are Holmes scholar Leslie Klinger; writer/director Nicholas Meyer (The Seven-Per-Cent Solution); crime novelist Denise Hamilton; and private detective Sarah Alcorn. Costumes welcome. A book signing will follow the reading.

Tonight at 7 pm, ALOUD at the Central Library welcomes billionaire developer and philanthropist Eli Broad in conversation with Jim Newton, LA Times editor-at-large, for the program The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking. He’ll discuss how “unreasonable” principles helped him create two Fortune 500 companies, fund scientific research and education reform, and build some of the world’s greatest contemporary art museums. They’ll also discuss why he’s drawn to the “unreasonableness” of contemporary artists like Richard Serra and Robert Rauschenberg. Free, standby only.

Singer-songwriter Charlene Kaye plays a two-night stint at the House of Blues tonight and tomorrow to promote her sophomore LP, Animal Love. She’s on a national tour opening for Internet favs StarKid (who can boast Darren Criss as an original member), and she’ll play a full band set and then join StarKid on guitar for their full show. Tickets: $35-$40 with other fan packages available.

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TAG Gallery at Bergamot Station opens the new group show Emotional Transcendence today, featuring the work of artists Shelley Adler, Shelley Lazarus and Joan Vaupen. Adler’s show Dread tackles the emotional and
psychological issues associated with the word “Dread.” Lazarus’s new show, Moments, captures intimate glimpses of personal and sentimental moments in her life. Vaupen’s A New Reality experiments with the evolution of time, form and color in various media. The opening reception is Saturday from 5-8 pm, and the show remains up through June 16.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, LACMA presents the program The Body Adorned: To the Divine Through Beauty. Vidya Dehejia, professor of Indian and South Asian art at Columbia University, and author of the book The Body Adorned: Dissolving Boundaries between Sacred and Profane in India’s Art, discusses the relationship between art and poetry in Indian culture. Free. No reservations.

*Pencil pick of the day

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