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Pencil This In: Allen Ruppersberg Speaks at SMMoA, Loud and Rich at UCLA

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The Santa Monica Museum of Art hosts artist Allen Ruppersberg and poet Bill Berkson in a conversation about art and literature. Ruppersberg will discuss his book project, The New Five Foot Shelf, while Berkson recites poetry, plays music and screens a new film assembled from 1940s and '50s family movies. The first 20 guests will receive a free copy of Ruppersberg's book, which is not available for purchase. Admission is free, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. 7 pm.
La Luz de Jesus Gallery hosts a double book signing by Lisa Petrucci and Isabel Samaras for Kickass Cuties - the Art of Lisa Petrucci and On Tender Hooks - the Art of Isabel Samaras, both published by Chronicle Books. The two are known as original "ladies of lowbrow art." The event runs from 6-9 pm. Refreshments will be served.

UCLA Live welcomes Loud and Rich to Royce Hall tonight at 8 pm. Never heard of the duo? Maybe you’ll recognize their solo names: Richard Thompson and Loudon Wainwright III. They’ll perform onstage together and separately, and we know that these singer-songwriters have a lot of material to choose from. Tickets are $48.

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Two gallery openings pique our interest tonight. Besides, I Hate Everything But You at De la Barracuda gallery on Melrose (they're serving up the Colt 45 & Red Bull!). Munson Industries presents a show featuring poster art, rare pieces, originals and other surprises by artists known for rock’n’roll poster art. Works by PNE - Jermaine Rogers, Justin Hampton, and EMEK, Tara McPherson, Cole Gerst/Option-G, Zoltron and Dave Hunter will be featured. The opening VIP reception at POVevolving Gallery in Chinatown runs from 6-10 pm tonight.

Breadbar's pop-up restaurant HatchiRoku in downtown Santa Monica opened earlier this week with guest chef Eda Vesterman, a dietitian and UCLA researcher, who offers a “Four Elements” concept featuring dishes inspired by earth, air, fire and water. Tonight's menu includes roasted red coulis, filet mignon, cauliflower purée and vanilla crème brûlée. Nightly prix-fixe menu: $33. Corkage fee: Corkage fee: $15. HatchiRoku is located at 602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, and reservations (which are recommended) can be made by calling 310.395.9490 or by visiting

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