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Pencil This In: Get Thee to the A+D Museum - Without a Car

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Tonight in LA, the A+D Museum has a great concept: Hold a party that challenges Angelenos to Rethink/LA and ask them to come down to Museum Row without their cars. Will you do it? Can you do it? How will you do it? It's also Downtown Art Walk tonight (be careful!); Nancy Kwan of the 1961 Flower Drum Song will appear at the Egyptian Theater; LACMA Photographic Arts Council members hold an exhibit of some items from their private collections at the Stephen Cohen Gallery; there's a free Sunset Concert Series at the Skirball and so much more. Read on for all the details.

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Works by David Stoupakis and Tom Bagshaw on view now at Corey Helford Gallery (Image: David Stoupakis' 'Peddlers of Death,' 2011)
CAR-FREE PARTY*
The A+D Museum holds the party Moving Beyond Cars: LA’s Alternative Transportation Celebration tonight from 7-10 pm. They’re challenging Angelenos to come down and party—but leave their cars behind. As part of its Rethink/LA exhibit, the museum is teaming up with GOOD, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Dublab, DeLab, Green Aid, Architects Newspaper, Tommy B, APA-LA for the event. Bike valet, Dublab DJs, interactive workshops AND free beer from New Belgium Brewery. So LA, get out there and walk, bike, bus, skate to the museum and get ready to share the details of your journey. Prizes will be given for the best trip. $10 at the door/$5 for students.

PERFORMANCE
Native Strategies, a new experimental platform and journal for performance art in Los Angeles. Developed by Brian Getnick, Zemula Barr, and Molly Sullivan, each issue follows a series of performances “curated around themes, strategies and ideas present in the work of Los Angeles based performance artists.” The launch party is being held tonight at LACE gallery featuring a dance performance by Jmy James Kidd from Pieter Performance Art Space along with a video presentation of the first series, So Funny It Hurts. Copies of the limited-print journal will be available for purchase.
Click here for more information. $7-9 pm. $10 suggested.

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FILM
American Cinematheque presents a program and double feature with actress Nancy Kwan today at 7:30 pm at the Egyptian Theater. Kwan is best known for her roles in the 1960 film The World of Suzie Wong and Flower Drum Song (1961). The first film To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen's Journey is a documentary of Kwan’s life and the changing roles of Asian American women in American society. It’s followed by Flower Drum Song, the film adaptation of Rogers & Hammerstein’s musical about an arranged marriage. There will be a discussion with Kwan between films. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $7-11.

ART
It’s Art Walk Night in DTLA and Crewest is hosting live painting with Phil Santos, Djembe and Canvas. Beats provided by DJ Phyz Ed. While at the gallery, check out the street art group show Eye to Eye. 6-10 pm.

POETRY WORKSHOP
Tonight at 7 pm, Vroman’s hosts a free poetry writing workshop with Kim Dower, author of the poetry collection Air Kissing in Mars. The workshop is open to the public.

PHOTO
LACMA’s Photographic Arts Council (PAC) opens a special exhibition of photographs from private collections of PAC members, hosted by Stephen Cohen Gallery. There will be more than 60 works on display—from early works to modern photos—including artists Karl Struss, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Ruth Bernard, Bruce Davidson, James Van Der Zee, W. Eugene Smith and Heinrich Kühn. 7-9 pm.

MUSIC
It's time for a Sunset Concert at the Skirball tonight at 8 pm, featuring the music of Nuriya, who mixes flamenco, Latin and Middle Eastern music with a touch of Gypsy traditions. It's free and no reservations are needed. But seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Concert is free, but parking is $10 per car (cash only). So carpool or take Metro Rapid 761. No street parking.

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BOOKS
LA Press Club and KPFK present an author reading and discussion with Maria Armoudian on her Upcoming Book Kill the Messenger: The Media’s Role in the Fate of the World tonight at 7:30 at the Steve Allen Theater. In her upcoming book, Armoudian shows what happens when journalistic ethics goes out the window and bad media proliferate.

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