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This exhibit sounds like it belongs in the Museum of Jurassic Technology, but it's at the Gold Bug in Pasadena instead: Artist Lisa Wood constructs fictionalized case studies based on Chevalier Jackson’s (1865-1958) medical work, where he recovered objects from his patients' gullets and windpipes. Jackson’s found objects are on display at The Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, but Wood assembled “an array of Nineteenth century "potential" obstructions along with original era tintype photographs to recreate these worst case scenarios. The canvas for these tableau are ordinary dinner plates which hang on the wall amounting to thirty-three assemblages brought to life by an era in which medical technology first made good on their claims of 'miracle' recoveries.”

6 pm // Gold Bug // 22 East Union St., Pasadena // Free.


There's a special and rare sale of remaining inventory from Pegah Anvarian’s Spring ’07 to Spring ’08 collections. Garments, including the Sweetheart Dress, Pleat Leather Jacket, Bubble Dress and more will be available starting at 65% off retail price.

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Until 6 pm // The Annex at the California Market Center (off main lobby) // 110 East Ninth St., Los Angeles // It’s free to look.

The New LATC hosts “IDEAS: A Conversation With Maria Elena Durazo.” She’s the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, and will have plenty to say about the state of labor in L.A.

8 pm // Theatre 2 at the New LATC // 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles // $10.

Tony Award-winner Tonya Pinkins (Jelly's Last Jam, Caroline or Change) and Tracie Thoms (Broadway's Drowning Crow, TV's Cold Case) star in Zina Camblin's comedy And Her Hair Went With Her about two friends who run a beauty salon. “The fun comes in when Pinkins and Thoms don various roles (and wigs) to also portray all of the salon's customers, exploring the diversity of African American women and comically exposing stereotypes along the way.” There’s a low-priced preview tonight.

8 pm // Fountain Theatre // 5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles // $15.

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Not for Tourists is releasing its latest LA guide tonight, and they're throwing a party to celebrate. Come get your guides and beer while supplies last.

6 pm // Footsies // 2640 N Figueroa St., Los Angeles // Free.

We lurrrve Pam Grier. "So Bad It’s Good Film Fest” continues tonight with a screening of Foxy Brown. It’s the final movie of the season before fall.

11:50 pm // Vista Theatre // 4473 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles // $10 (cash only).

>>There's a whole lot of happenings around town this weekend. Besides Coachella, don't forget about AltBuild Expo in Santa Monica; the LA Times' Festival of Books @ UCLA; and various "Fluids" melting about town today. So get out there and enjoy!

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Photo of Swallowing Plates from the collection of Lisa Woodvia flickr. Courtesy of the artist.

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