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We luuuurrve us the kitch and pop culture around here. So when we got word that artists were creating artwork based on classic toys in honor of Hot Wheels® 40th anniversary, we got really excited. Running tonight through April 25 at Gallery 1988, see more than 40 artists works, including customized 1:18 scale Hot Wheels VW buses.

7pm // Gallery 1988 // 7020 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles // Free.

The Sacred Fools Theatre Company’s latest offering Tallgrass Gothic bows tonight and runs until May 7: “In the rural Midwest, a young woman’s heated love affair spawns a chain of unimaginably gruesome events that spell doom and destruction for the small town’s residents.”

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7 pm // Sacred Fools Theatre // 660 N. Heliotrope, Los Angeles // $10.

Black independent director Oscar Micheaux directed the 1925 silent film classic Body & Soul that rails against the power of the clergy. Paul Robeson plays dual roles “as a mildmannered inventor and a crooked ex-convict who impersonates the town’s preacher.”

7 pm // Billy Wilder Theatre @ the Hammer Museum // 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles // Free

LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits) presents a listening party and lecture about the history of Detroit, led by by RJ Smith, author of The Great Black Way: LA in the 1940s and the Lost African American Renaissance.

7 pm // Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions // 6522 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles // $5.

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The ALOUD lecture series continues with New York Times contributor and author of The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature with Jonathan Rosen. He’ll talk about “birdwatching's centrality—historical and literary, spiritual and scientific—to a culture torn between the desire both to conquer and to conserve.”

7 pm // Los Angeles Central Library // 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles // Free, but reservations recommended.

*Pencil pick of the day

Photo of Jon Burgerman's VW Van courtesy of Gallery 1988.

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