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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
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GRAFFITI ART
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.

BOOK TALK 
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.

THEATER 
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.