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Pencil This In: Flies and Music at NHM First Friday, Mexican Burlesque and Kitschen Sync Art

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Dennis Larkins's 'Sink Jesus'

Dennis Larkins's 'Sink Jesus'
There's an opening reception for Everything But the Kitschen Sync, the 13th annual juried group show atLa Luz de Jesus Gallery tonight from 8-11 pm. The gallery brings together more than 150 pieces from commercial illustrators, tattooists, scenic painters, students and animators. The show includes artists previously exhibited at La Luz de Jesus and also features a large selection of work from merging artists.

All month long, the newish Xokolatl Café, which specializes in organically grown, indigenous inspired cacao-based drinks, is hosting a series of events to celebrate the Aztec New Year. Tonight, there's a screening of The mun2 Hook Up featuring Black Eyed Peas member Taboo as he challenges local poet Yaxkin Chumacero to take his music to the next level. A Q&A with director Ernesto Quintero follows the screening.

FIRST FRIDAY It's that time of month again at theNatural History Museum: First Fridays. Tonight in concert are Deer Tick, who'll kick off their US tour tonight, and the LA-based Everest. Turntables are being handled tonight by DJ Shortee and Them Jeans. And don't forget about the learning, too. At 5:30 pm, Dr. Brian Brown, curator of Entomology, presents a tour and topic on Flies: They're Everything You Think They're Not. At 6 and 7 pm, Dr. David J. Anderson talks about Emotion Circuits in Model Organisms, or Do Flies Have Feelings? NOTE: there's different pricing for First Fridays: $15 for concert and museum admission; $9 for museum access only (no entrance to the concert hall, but performances are projected on big screens in other halls). Parking is $10.

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There's a fundraiser for LACMA's MUSE membership group with the launch of OK Go's "This Too Shall Pass” video tonight from 8 pm-midnight. For this latest project, which is a blockbuster on YouTube, OK Go has collaborated with Syyn Labs (formerly Mindshare Labs) on a two-story Rube Goldberg machine that was constructed in a warehouse in Echo Park. The band is scheduled to do an acoustic set, too. The party is as LACMA West Penthouse. Tickets are $20.

The Los Angeles Abstract Movie Workshop takes place tonight at 7:30 pm at the Museum of Jurassic Technology's Borzoi Kabinet Theater. If you have an abstract film that you've just finished or are currently working on, bring it for constructive criticism and discussion. The workshop is not open to the public as a showcase, but for filmmakers who want to improve their art.

Alliance Française in Pasadenapresents the art exhibit Family Portrait: Wolf, Grandma and Other Accomplices, by French artist Valérie Daval tonight through March 31. The show is composed of a series of paintings encompassing real and fictional characters, including animals that look strangely human. "Originally inspired by the little Red Riding Hood story, the artist has developed her own myth, which echoes her own history. Little by little, the children are turned into animals and, as in a game of hide and seek, accomplices appear." An opening reception with the artist begins at 7 pm and is free and open to the public.

It's time to celebrate Cinco de Marzo at the Dystopian Studios Loft at the Brewery Arts Complex at 9 pm. The organizers promise a "super awesome Mexican themed burlesque review featuring some of LA's greatest burlesque stars including Miss Viva La Vegas 2008, Dizzy Von Damn! The infamous star of the stage Miss Vestal Vixen! And the always enigmatic Violet Femme!" They'll also have human pinatas (ouch?!). There's dancing on the first floor, mingling on the second and a 3rd floor karaoke/hookah lounge. $10 donation at the door, but all the food and drink is included! Just bring cash for tips. Free, safe parking on Moulton Ave. The loft is in the green metal building at the end of Moulton Ave, just inside the last gate on the left.

*Pencil pick of the day

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