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Pencil This In: Culver City Art Walk, LACE Music Festival

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Lots of art going on around Culver City tonight. This is a good place to stop along the way. / Photo by Never Cool in School via LAist's flickr pool.

Lots of art going on around Culver City tonight. This is a good place to stop along the way. / Photo by Never Cool in School via LAist's flickr pool.
The Aero begins a two-night stint featuring the “The Erotic Films of Pier Paolo Pasolini,” and Italian filmmaker, screenwriter, essayist, poet, critic and novelist. He considered himself a Catholic Marxist despite having being kicked out from the Communist Party for being gay. Tonight’s double feature begins at 7:30 pm with The Decameron (1970), which is based on a Giovanni Bocaccio novel. The film’s followed by the way more intense Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975). The film depicts “with cold precision the sexual and psychological atrocities visited on 16 young men and women, held hostage by a group of depraved nobles at the end of WWII.” Due to the graphic sexual nature of these films, no one under 18 will be admitted to the screenings.

There are quite a few events around town tonight as part of the LA Art Weekend, and here’s just a sampling: The Culver City Gallery Walk takes place between 6-8 pm,
Participant galleries include Blum & Poe, David Kordansky, Honor Fraser, Kim Light, LAXART, Susanne Vielmetter, Taylor de Cordoba and Western Project. At 6:30, there’s a walkthrough with Dave Muller at Blum & Poe, and a 7:30 walkthrough with Walead Beshty at LAXART. Food trucks include Green Truck, Kogi BBQ and Tacos Bevida. At 9 pm, there’s an after party at Royal/T with music by Artist/DJ Dave Muller. RSVP needed for the afterparty.

LACE begins its three-day, experimental music “Resonant Forms Festival” tonight. The festival will present a range of local and national artists at LACE through Sunday, including the local Lucky Dragons, CalArt professor Mark Trayle, William Basinsky and the premiere of Sheepwoman, a new live-cinema performance by LACE residency artists Sue-C and Laetitia Sonami. There will also be a free electronic music workshop with Christopher Willits tomorrow.

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The Natural History Museum continues to celebrate Charles Darwin during its First Friday series. Tonight at 5:30 and 6 pm is a tour of the Entomology Collections with Dr. Brian Brown (insects). At 6:30 pm is the discussion “Darwin's Other Great Theory: Sexual Selection, or Why Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus?” with Dr. Michael J. Ryan, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and zoology professor at the University of Texas, Austin. He’ll review our understanding of sexual behavior in animals, including humans. The night’s live music will be provided by Bus Driver and Tim Fite with The Phatal DJ and T-Kay (of on the turntables.

Chalk Repertory Theatre brings the issue infertility direct to the home front with Family Planning, a new play by Julia Edwards that’s described as a “brutally funny story about a late-thirties couple trying so hard to have a baby they are veering towards divorce.” This production is being performed in four houses in four different neighborhoods during the next few weekends, beginning tonight. The audience follows as scenes move from the living room to the kitchen and back. The play begins tonight at 8 pm and runs through April 26 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7 pm. Neighborhoods include Sherman Oaks, Hollywood, North Hollywood and Pasadena. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. To protect the privacy of the home hosts, specific addresses will only be given at the time of purchase.

Tonight at 8 pm, the Echo Park Film Center screens the rock documentary Two Headed Cow. The film started in 1986 as a simple b&w road movie about The Flat Duo Jets, a hard core rockabilly band fronted by Dexter Romweber. The film followed Dexter and his drummer Crow from Chapel Hill, North Carolina to Savannah, Georgia. But the film was never completed. Fast forward 18 years, and the filmmakers decide to finish it by catching up with Dexter during several appearances in LA. LAist's music editor Joshua Pressman highly recommends this film, and if that weren't enough, Dexter Romweber and producer Bill Cody will be in attendance.

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