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Arts and Entertainment

Get Out: Visit Metropolis Books Before It Closes, Commune with Betty Hutton's Spirit, See How Chicano Art Stormed the Establishment

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Read: Metropolis Books in downtown is closing at the end of the month (we'll have more on that today). If you want to pop in before it shuts its doors, today might be a good day. David Kipen, the author of "Los Angeles in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the City of Angels," will be there to sign his new book at noon. The store is located at 440 S. Main. St., Los Angeles. For more info, call (213) 612-0174.

Dance: Gregory Barnett, a dancer who acknowledges "we are all inherently God His/Her/Itself and profoundly retarded simultaneously at all times," is taking to the stage with his 5-hour solo show "I Will Reapply This Lipstick Until You Give Me A Reason Not To (going to put a bow on it)/ BUT I DON'T UNDERSTAND, YOU LOOKED SO HAPPY." You can find Barnett and Betty Hutton beginning at noon at the Empowerment Center, 8106 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Admission is $5. For more info, call (310) 453-1755 or visit their site.

Spray-paint: Back in the day, ASCO used to paint graffiti on LACMA because the art world was too snooty for the East L.A. art and performance group. Forty years later (starting today) they're getting a retrospective at the museum. Score! So if you haven't seen the work of Harry Gamboa Jr., Gronk, Willie Herrón, and Patssi Valdez yet, now's your chance. "Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective" opens today at BCAM, Level 2, and should be on display through December 4.