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Pencil This In: Art, Art and More Art Plus 'Iron Chef' Tuna

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Artist Know Hope @ Carmichael Gallery tonight. / Photo courtesy of Carmichael Gallery.

Artist Know Hope @ Carmichael Gallery tonight. / Photo courtesy of Carmichael Gallery.
There are two exhibits opening tonight at the Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art in WeHo. In the rear gallery, “Mood Swings” features seven of the urban world’s best emerging and recognized artists - Asbestos (Dublin, Ireland), Cena7 (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Fefe Talavera (Sao Paulo), Imminent Disaster (New York), Labrona (Montreal, Canada). SoCal artists representing are Oddzoo (LA) and Bumblebee (Downey). Israeli artist Know Hope has an installation "the times won’t save you (this rain smells of memory)" that includes 30,000 paper raindrops, 40,000 feet of fishing twine, 2,500 fishing weights and hundreds of sheets of cardboard fashioned into miniature works of art and life-size cut-out characters. The opening receptions run 7-10 pm tonight, and the exhibits run until July 2.

Simon LA presents “Iron Chef Tuna” tonight, tomorrow and June 7-12. Iron Chef champ Kerry Simon has built a four-course menu around...tuna! Expect mini tuna sliders with smoked bacon and avocado, ahi tuna crudo with lemon and Serrano pepper, and pan-seared ahi tuna with wasabi mashed potatoes and baby bok choy, plus a Grand Marnier soufflé for dessert (hopefully there’s no tuna there!). The four courses will set you back $48 with $15 for wine pairings; tax and tip not included. To reserve call 310-358-3979 and say “Zagat Presents.”

MOCA Grand Avenue’s holding another one of its Engagement Parties tonight -- where museum guest get involved with the artwork. This month, the OJO art collective holds a “Color Chorus” a musical performance organized by primary colors. “The audience will be divided into three sections, each member having been assigned a color upon arrival. Projections of colored lights on the crowd will cue audience groups to emit specific sounds and syllables that, when coordinated or combined with those of other groups, will synthesize into one harmonious and cacophonous blissed-out evening.” The event takes place at the Sculpture Plaza. The event is free, and there is a cash bar onsite.

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Ghettogloss Gallery in Silverlake is holding a reception tonight from 8 pm to midnight for the opening of a solo exhibit by Chris Bettig. “Travels In Time And Space” features new mixed media pieces and letterpress prints by the artist who was influenced by 2001: A Space Odyssey and Spiritualized's album Ladies And Gentleman We Are Floating In Space.

Tonight, ALOUD at the Central Library features “Notes on Sontag” where essayist Phillip Lopate talks about the achievements and limitations of his subject. He’ll be in conversation with David L. Ulin, editor of the LA TImes Book Review. The event begins at 7 pm tonight.

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