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Pencil This In: Downtown Artwalk, Neil Labute's 'Fat Pig'

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Street artist Eine's 'The A-Z of Change' opens tonight at the Carmichael Gallery. / Photo courtesy of Carmichael Gallery.

Street artist Eine's 'The A-Z of Change' opens tonight at the Carmichael Gallery. / Photo courtesy of Carmichael Gallery.
There's just waaaay too much stuff to do tonight, but here are some of our favorites:

What a better way to spend a warm evening in July than at the Downtown Artwalk? It’s a free afternoon/night of gallery hopping in and around the Historic Core's Gallery Row neighborhood. One of the Artwalk’s highlights tonight: An artist reception (7-9 pm) at Deborah Martin Gallery for RE: materialization, an exhibit that explores the “confluence of political, aesthetic, formal, conceptual, and environmental concerns through art.” Live music at 8:30 pm with Arrica Rose.

THEATREStop Kiss opens tonight at the Rogue Theatre tonight at 8 pm with a reception to follow. Diana Son’s play, a GLAAD media award winner, is about Callie meeting Sara and the chain of events that follow. “This story pays homage to life’s abrupt and unexpected transformations…to romance, and to the search for personal identity.” Check dates on website. Tickets are $25.

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We’re throwing a little love to the Descanso Gardens tonight. There’s a Patina 2009 Summer Wine Tasting tonight from 6-8:30 pm, pairing wines with appetizers. Tickets are $54 per person ($49 for Descanso members). Make reservations by calling Patina at (818) 790-3663. Also at Descanso from 5:30-7 pm, the Elliott Caine Quintet plays jazz standards and originals. The concert’s free with admission ($8), so bring picnics and blankets.

There’s a sneak preview of Neil Labute’s Fat Pig tonight at 8pm at the REP East Playhouse in the SCV. Find out what society (okay through a Labute lens) really thinks when young man dates an overweight girl. It’s It’s pay what you can at the door (they recommend $10, though). The play will run Fridays-Sundays until July 25.

The Gallery at 72andsunny hosts an opening reception tonight at 7 pm featuring the work of Austin Blasingame. The Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art in WeHo opens tonight at 7 pm for Eine’s debut LA show “The A-Z of Change.”

The Autry National Center features the music of Lucky 7 tonight from 6-9 pm. The band brings the multiethnic music fusion of 1950s and ’60s Spanish Harlem and the classic mambo, mixing in Cuban son, African American jazz and Puerto Rican soul. There will be complimentary dance lessons and a fully stocked taco and drink bar. Admission: $7.

Grand Performances presents “Musicology 302: Hal David” with the Grammy Award/Oscar-winning lyricist tonight at 8 pm at the California Plaza. Musicologist Alan Warner converses with David about his music that we’ve all heard on the radio, in the movies and on Broadway (“The Look of Love,” “What the World Needs Now is Love,” “Wishin’ and Hopin’.

There are few tickets left for 826LA West’s “Adult Writing Seminar Series: Women Writers” tonight from 7:30-9 pm. The panelists Aimee Bender, Amber Benson, Sascha Rothchild, Mona Simpson will talk about how they got started, what inspires them and how the female voice impacts the writing process. The seminar will also discuss the business side of writing: how to find an agent and how to go about getting published. Tickets are $25 and proceeds will benefit the nonprofit literacy organization. ***This event is at 826LA West in Venice.

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