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Pencil This In: Cantastoria Performance @ Manual Archives, Art Around Town and...Neil Diamond Exhibit!

The Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7 book release and art exhibit happens tonight.
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Now here's something you don't get a chance to see everyday: “Mild Light: An evening of Cantastoria from the Performance Department of the Museum of Everyday Life” comes to the Manual Archives tonight. "Cantastoria" involves the display of representational paintings accompanied by sung narration. Clare Dolan, Chief Operating Philosopher of the Museum of Everyday Life (Vermont), will demonstrate the "versatility and saucy immediacy of this performance form, with stories ranging from accounts of bloody crime in the 1930's written by Bertolt Brecht, to the dilemmas of a modern-day heroine trying to make a living and achieve total happiness." There are two shows tonight at 8 and 10 pm. Tickets are $12/$8.

Alhambra in da house! Gallery Nucleus is holding an opening night martini reception for "A Kiss from Tokyo Art Exhibition & Book Release" tonight at 7 pm. It's a retro-inspired exhibition and the official book release of "The Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7," about a cute little spy girl from Tokyo. The book and exhibition of the same name, is the brainchild of artist/ illustrator Kevin Dart, who'll be displaying his art along other artists like Bob Logan, Bridgette Barrager, Chris Turnham, Daniel Arriaga, Don Shank, Elizabeth Ito, Horia Dociu, John Klassen, Josh Parpan, Justin Parpan, Megan Brain, Scott Morse, Ted Mathot and Victoria Ying. The exhibit runs through July 14.

Viver Brasil returns to the Ford Amphitheatre tonight at 8:30 pm with "Feet on the Ground/Aiyê," featuring sacred and contemporary dance, multimedia displays, "Afro-Bahian rhythms, drums, rolling hips and exuberant colors and costumes." The event is perfect for the whole family, with $33 tickets. $5 tickets for students and children. And remember you can head up to the Ford early and picnic on the grounds.