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Pencil This In: 'Women Twirling' at the Getty, LACE Fundraiser

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What are these things? / 'Neglected' by Alan Heitz via LAist's flickr pool.

What are these things? / 'Neglected' by Alan Heitz via LAist's flickr pool.
The LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) Art Auction 2009 continues tonight with a silent auction tonight that features live silk-screening with Hit+Run, Ed Templeton & Brandy Flower. Participating Artists include: Skip Arnold, Walead Beshty & Karl Handel, Lauren Bon, Tomory Dodge, Shannon Ebner, Bart Exposito, Francesca Gabbiani, Skylar Haskard & Anna Sew Hoy, Marie Jager, Nina Katchadourian, Mirjam Kort, Elad Lassry, Christopher Michlig, Phranc, Terry Richardon, Steve Roden, Christopher Russell, Kirsten Stoltmann, Sumi Ink Club, Henry Taylor, Yanai Toister, James Welling, John Williams & Claude Collins- Stracensky. The first lots close at 9 pm and the last ones close at 10:30. View the artwork here.

The Getty Museum presents Women Twirling: Jo Ann Callis, Gay Block and Catherine Opie in Coversation tonight at 7 pm. The three photographers talk about “art, life, and domesticity on the occasion of the exhibition Jo Ann Callis: Woman Twirling,” which is on view through August 9 at the Getty Center. In the exhibit, salt shakers, gloves, and doughnuts become sensual and ominous. Women twirl, do handstands, emerge from water. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call (310) 440-7300 or visit to make reservations.

There’s a half-price preview tonight at Sacred Fools Theater of Lope de Vega’s Madness in Valencia in a new translation by David Johnston. The Spanish classic explores the “thin line between sanity and madness in a world where no one is quite who or what they appear to be.” Throw love in the mix and the world gets even crazier. The preview begins at 8 pm, and the play runs through June 27.

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Okay, we’re suckers for Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, so we had to list this one. Opera UCLA presents a semi-staged concert of the duo’s Carousel tonight at 8 pm at UCLA’S Schoenberg Hall. The concert will be conducted by Scott Dunn, associate conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and features the showtunes "If I Loved You", "You’ll Never Walk Alone" and "June is Bustin’ Out all Over." Admission is $10; $5 UCLA faculty, seniors and students.

Need to buy a birthday/graduation/late mother’s day/early father’s day gift? Forget the Target gift card and head Downtown where the art gallery-store Poketo is holding a sale where homeware, apparel, stationery, accessories, and prints will be up to 60% off. The sale ends at 5 pm tomorrow.