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

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The Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7 book release and art exhibit happens tonight.

The Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7 book release and art exhibit happens tonight.
PERFORMANCE
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.

ART+BOOKS*
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.

BRASIL
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.

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SHAKESPEARE
If you're in the mood for a little Shakespeare in the park, then head over to the outdoor stage at Barnsdall park (next to the Hollyhock House) tonight at 7:30 pm. On the program tonight is The Tempest. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Bring your kids, bring your picnics.

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Art by Miles Thompson @ La Luz Gallery.

ART
There's an artist reception for an exhibit of two cartoonist/illustrators at La Luz de Jesus Gallery: Dale Sizer and Miles Thompson. Sizer paints homages to classic retro themes "particularly drawing on his childhood fascination with all things tropical to create mash-ups of Polynesian pop and pulp romance." Thompson takes his inspiration from California's history and culture. NEIL DIAMOND
And while the MJ exhibit at the Grammy Museum has been getting a lot of play this past week, we don't want to forget another American legend: Neil Diamond. (And yes, I am being totally serious.) The Museum's "I Am, I Said: Selections from the Neil Diamond Collection" features a selection of personal and iconic pieces from Diamond's own archives. On display: costumes from the covers of albums Hot August Night and The Jazz Singer, an early guitar, handwritten lyrics and Diamond's high-school letterman's sweater for....fencing? Who knew?

*Pencil pick of the day