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Art Thursday!

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There is so much cool stuff going down tonight, you’d better start chugging that Red Bull!!

First, the Hammer Museum will be celebrating the closing night of Eden’s Edge: Fifteen L.A. Artists. Admission to the museum will be free(!), and DJ Tendaji Lathan will spin the soundtrack as you enjoy the cash bar and the works of L.A. artists Ginny Bishton, Sharon Ellis, Matt Greene, and Jason Rhoades (who is sadly no longer with us-R.I.P) to name a few. The event goes from 7-11pm and will mark an end to this exhibition supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation. 10899 Wilshire Blvd. www.hammer.ucla.edu/

Don’t drink too much at the Hammer because you’ll want your energy for heading down Wilshire to see Jochen Stucke: Escape - Etchings and Woodcuts inspired by the works of Franz Kafka and Edgar Allan Poe.

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The internationally exhibited German-born artist was inspired by Poe’s The Decent in Maelstrom and Kafka’s Amerika. Opening reception for the artist is from 6-9pm and will be a good excuse to visit the Goethe-Institut (The Official German Culture Institute) since 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of the L.A & Berlin sister city-ship. Runs thru Sept. 30th - 5750 Wilshire Blvd. www.goethe.de

Lastly, you’ll definitely want to head over to The New Image Art Gallery for the solo BAST opening entitled Devilwood from 7-10pm.

The New York-based street artist incorporates graffiti and pop culture cartoon imagery in his cool paintings on supermarket sale signs. The characters are familiar with an urban flair, yet they seem decades old—like set dressing from some french new-wave film. opens tonight 7-10pm - runs thru Sept. 23rd - 7908 Santa Monica Blvd. www.newimageartgallery.com

photo of BAST painting courtesy of New Image Art Gallery