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Pencil This In: Street Art, Sex Art, Dark Performance Art and Ray Bradbury

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Red door, rainy night | Photo by East of WestLA via LAist's flickr pool.

Red door, rainy night | Photo by East of WestLA via LAist's flickr pool.
The world premiere of Ray Bradbury's Wisdom 2116 continues its run at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena at 8 pm. It's a new musical with book and lyrics by Ray Bradbury and music by John Hoke.
The premise reminds us of a Twilight Zone episode: "In the play, a husband and wife married nearly 40 years arrange separately, without each other's knowledge, to purchase android replicas of their younger selves to give to their spouses as presents. Unintended consequences ensue, and the man and woman each gain a little more knowledge about themselves and about the way life works in this comedic tale." Tickets: $20, seniors, $15 and students, $10.

Street Legal, an exhibition of original artwork by legendary Los Angeles street artists, Mear One, Kofie, El Mac, and Retna, opens today at Rivera & Rivera Gallery in conjunction with Vox Humana, a live art performance by these same artists at the L.A. Art Show 2010. Street Legal will showcase more than 25 works of art, including the premiere of Mear One’s monumental sculpture titled “Pillar of Consciousness.”

Sex and art are frequent bedfellows, and the Stephen Cohen Gallery and Artillery Magazine present Photo Artillery: In the Realm of the Lenses, a group exhibition that explores that relationship through photography. The artists include: Ray Beldner, Kim Crum, Marta Edmisten, Gerald Förster, Gordon Magnin, Johnny Naked, Naida Osline, Christopher Russell, Austin Young and Carrie Yury. In the Realm of the Lenses takes its theme from the sexually explicit 1976 Japanese film of the same name. The film has become famous for its graphic sex scenes, but it was also filmed beautifully and senually. This show examines sex and sexuality from both ends of the spectrum and everything in between.

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Tonight painter-director Asher Hartman puts on a "dark performance play" that combines theater, installation, performance and painting. Bad Thing has six characters: a hallucinating conquistador, a brutally sadistic monk, a paranoid hidalgo, a grotesquely obsequious servant, and Jesus Christ in the guise of a fox; and six paintings that explore themes of "dominance, submission, boredom, paranoia and transcendence." The play will be performed tonight and tomorrow night sharply at 8 pm (with not late admittance)
at Sea and Space Explorations in Highland Park. The production is not suitable for children.

Santa Monica Museum of Art hosts artist Diana Thater discusses her new exhibition Between Science and Magic at SMMoA and talks about the history of her work in film, video and installation. The exhibit plays on the theme of "movie magic" and is conceived as a brief history of cinema. The lecture starts at 7 pm. It's free, but seating is limited and on a first come, first seated basis.

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