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

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There's an opening reception for Everything But the Kitschen Sync, the 13th annual juried group show at La 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.

It's that time of month again at the
Natural 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.