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Events: Inside Yourself, Outside Your Door & Cheetos

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Monday: Duke it out!
A few hours from now, "Vanity Fair columnist Christopher Hitchens debates political theorist Andrew Arato of the New School for Social Research on the war in Iraq and its impact on the present and future of America" at REDCAT (8:30 p.m.)

Tuesday: Brain, meet Heart.
Zócalo at Central Library presents Understanding Emotions and the Brain with world-renowned neuroscientist Antonio Damasio at 7:00 p.m. Damasio will discuss "his latest research on the mysterious yet inextricable link between the human brain and the human heart. He will discuss new breakthroughs in emotion research and explain why it is relevant in medicine and in society."

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Wednesday: Take it from them...
California Lawyers for the Arts is there for you...if you're an artist. And if you are one and in need of legal help, this is probably a good bookmark. Among the many workshops they provide throughout the state, they will be presenting Understanding Music Contracts. If you can legally write a contract on a napkin, imagine what else you can do!

Thursday: Cyberpunk Beauty
L.A. River Reborn opens at The Skirball through September 3. "This highly-focused selection of twenty-six works captures the unexpected beauty of the River and documents the fragile relationship between society and the environment. The evocative images—in large-format color photographs and video—portray the detritus of civilization, the monumental architecture of the River's flood control channel, and the persistent rebirth of nature in defiance of human abuse." Now, let's get some more Class I Trails along the river. Chop chop!

Friday: "Hollywood has gone from Pola to Polaroid"
Best Minutes of the Day: The Golden Age of Polaroid opens Friday at the Museum of Television and Radio. "Created by idiosyncratic Harvard dropout Edwin Herbert Land, Polaroid revolutionized picture-taking in the late 1940s with its one-step process of developing and printing.."

Saturday: Tourist in Your Own
At 10:00 a.m., you can take the Echo Park Lake Tour with the Echo Park Historical Society. $5 and 2 hours is all you need to gain a little more understanding about this unique neighborhood (Reservations required).

Sunday: “I am interested in ideas, not merely in visual products”
Pomona artist, Thomas Pathe (that's path-eh), will show Monochromatic paintings that use colors inspired by Cheetos, peanut butter, toothpaste and Pepto Bismol from April 13 - May 6 at Haus. Haus is a house in Pasadena and it's really kicking. Check it. The opening reception is from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Photo of Umbrella Art by agentjhx via Flickr.