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Pencil This In: Talking Art @ the Hammer and SMMoA, Readings at ALOUD and Barry Manilow Sings

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Jorge Macchi's 'Vanishing Point' (2005) is part of the 'All of this and nothing' exhibition at the Hammer.

Jorge Macchi's 'Vanishing Point' (2005) is part of the 'All of this and nothing' exhibition at the Hammer.
Tonight at 7 pm, the Santa Monica Museum of Art welcomes Connie Butler, chief curator of Drawings at the Museum of Modern Art (and former MOCA curator), talk about the work of Al Taylor in the free program: Line: Al Taylor-Between Sculpture and Drawing. She'll discuss Taylor's work. The exhibition Al Taylor: Wire Instruments and Bird Stains is up through April 16. RSVP: or 310.453.9184.

ALOUD at the Central Library hosts the program Art Collectives & The Current State of Literacy Culture tonight at 7 pm in the library's Mark Taper Auditorium. The evening includes a reading and panel discussion moderated by Susan Salter Reynolds, L.A. Times book reviewer. Members of the L.A.-based Glass Table Collective read their work and discuss publishing outside the lines, including Chuck Rosenthal, Alicia Partnoy, Ramón Garcia, & Gail Wronsky. Projected paintings by Gronk. RSVPs required.

At the Hammer Museum tonight at 7 pm, Tim Griffin, editor-at-large (and former editor-in-chief) for Artforum, discusses All of this and nothing—the sixth biennial invitational exhibition series at the Hammer. The exhibition highlights work of Los Angeles-based artists alongside international artists. All of this and nothing features more than 60 works, much of it created for the exhibition, by Karla Black, Charles Gaines, Evan Holloway, Sergej Jensen, Ian Kiaer, Jorge Macchi, Dianna Molzan, Fernando Ortega, Eileen Quinlan, Gedi Sibony, Paul Sietsema, Frances Stark, Mateo Tannatt and Kerry Tribe. Free. Parking available at the museum for $3 after 6 pm.

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Barry Manilow—yes, you read that correctly—will be in concert tonight at Royce Hall for a benefit for Reprise Theatre Company. Proceeds from the performance support the company's mission to produce high quality musical theater as well as community outreach programs. Tickets start at $40 and last we checked, a few tickets still remain.

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