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Pencil This In: Graffiti + Graphic Art Show, Masquerade at Mindshare LA, Reverend Billy Preaches at REDCAT and Book Talk with David Ulin

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This weekend, check out Bob Baker’s Halloween Hoop-Dee-Do, featuring a cast of more than 100 puppets. | Photo courtesy of Bob Baker Marionette Theater

This weekend, check outBob Baker’s Halloween Hoop-Dee-Do, featuring a cast of more than 100 puppets. | Photo courtesy of Bob Baker Marionette Theater
There’s an opening reception for Amsterdam-based graffiti and graphic artist Niels Shoe Meulman at Project Space tonight at 7 pm. In the 80s, he hung with graffiti artists like Dondi, Rammellzee, Haze, Quik and Keith Haring, and then formed the Crime Time Kings with Bando from Paris and Mode2 from London.”Shoe is recognized for revolutionizing the art of writing with Calligraffiti, an art form that combines masterful calligraphy skills with the speed and attitude of graffiti.” He’s been touring to support the book Calligraffiti - The Graphic Art of Niels Shoe Meulman, and the Project Space exhibit showcases Shoe’s “love for baseball, mayhem and cosmic unconsciousness.” Shoe will be in attendance at the reception.

The Theatre @ Boston Court presents the Illuminations discussion panel featuring LA Times Book Critic and author David Ulin. He’ll be discussing his new book The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time and the evolution of literary technology. The event is free and open to the public and takes place immediately following the 8 pm performance of Futura (around 9:30 pm) on the Main Stage. The discussion will be moderated by Emily Pullen from Skylight Books.

Activist, writer and preacher Reverend Billy brings his pompadour and the 25-member Life After Shopping Choir to REDCAT tonight for two shows. Get ready for a service against conspicuous consumption and America’s fascination with materialism--in a zealous way. Tickets ($12) still left for the 10 pm show.

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Tonight there’s a screening of Rock Hudson: Dark and Handsome Stranger (Rock Hudson: Schöner Fremder Mann) as part of a New German Cinema series at the Egyptian’s Spielberg Theatre. Who was Rock Hudson? He was a sexy leading film star who led a double life before dying of AIDS-related illnesses. “This documentary sheds light on a famous actor star who performed a clandestine balancing act between his private and public lives; between the heterosexual world of an extremely manly looking screen idol and a darker side of forbidden sexuality lived by a secretly gay man.” In German with English subtitles. Director: André Schäfer will be in attendance.

There’s a book launch at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) for The Primacy of Drawing by Deanna Petherbridge. In the book, she examines the lives of artists such as da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dürer, Rubens, Rembrandt, Goya, Seurat, Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse, but also examines “ways to approach the drawings of many less-familiar artists and the ideas and theories that inform their work.” 7 pm. Free.

The Pasadena Museum of California Art hosts the event Written in California with Michael Jaime-Becerra tonight at 7 pm. Free. Jaime-Becerra, an El Monte native and UCR creative writing professor, reads from his debut novel, This Time Tomorrow. The galleries featuring The California Design Biennial, Desire and Megan Geckler will be open at a special time, from 6-7 pm. The exhibits and the reading are free. 

This month’s Mindshare LA has a pretty cool lineup. Where else can you sip cocktails and learn about dark matter, vanishing bees and the wiccan way--all while dressed for a masquerade ball? ImTech--the event’s co-hosts--will have 15+ installations for attendees to play with, including a fully immersive Vortex dome. Tonight’s festivities begin at 7 pm with cocktails and networking, and the official program begins at 8:30 pm. Costumes / masks encouraged. At LA Center Studios. Tickets: $30.

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