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Pencil This In: A Clothing-Optional Art Performance, A Fashion Spelling Bee and Lucha VaVoom

Opening Saturday: Star Wars-inspired works at Hold Up Art by illustrator Randy Martinez and 3-dimensional vinyl works by Denise Vasquez. | Image: Randy Martinez
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It's a busy night in LA and we combed through a lot of listings so you wouldn't have to. Penn of Penn & Teller is in conversation with actor Kevin Pollack at the Writers Guild. The Standard, Hollywood holds a Fashion Spelling Bee. Lucha VaVoom celebrates its 9th year anniversary and a clothing-optional art event. Read on for all the details.

Writers Bloc presents Penn Jillette and Kevin Pollak tonight at 7:30 pm at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Penn talks about atheism, friendship, sex, magic and more, in his new book, God, No! Signs You May Already Be An Atheist And Other Magical Tales. He’ll be in conversation with actor Kevin Pollack who now hosts his own online show. Tickets: $20. Make reservations online.

Come to The Standard, Hollywood to watch the Fashion Spelling Bee, hosted by pop culture & style journalist Rose Apodaca. Fashionistas compete in fashion-forward trivia and then they have to spell the answers before an audience. 7:30 pm at The Standard’s Pool Deck.

Lucha VaVOOM brings a mix of Mexican wrestling and burlesque to The Mayan Theater tonight. There’s a low-rider car parade to escort the performers into the theater and it’s sure to be a wham-bam blast. 21+ doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Tickets are not available online, but a few tickets might be available at Wacko (4633 Hollywood Blvd.) and BRAT (1938 14th St, Santa Monica).

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The Armory Center for the Arts opens the exhibit Bike It: Portraits of my Bicipandilla by Kelly Marie Martin of the Bicycle Kitchen. The photos in the exhibition are of riders and their bikes in her bicipandilla, or bike gang. Tonight’s opening reception features a reading by Jen Hofer of the Whirly Girls. 7-9 pm.

Queer British performance artist and choreographer Tessa Wills performs at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) tonight from 7-9 pm. The performance event and short film screening will be clothing optional for the audience. (Wills almost always performs nude) Guests be at least 18 years of age and there will be a clothes check in the main gallery. Stay for a Q&A session with the artist after the performance.

Thomas Mapfumo—the “Lion of Zimbabwe"—brings his own protest music to the Skirball stage tonight at 8 pm. The 17th annual Culver City Music Festival at the Culver City City Hall Courtyard presents jazz quartet Woodford, Ehling, Ratner & Wallace with guest vocalist Dwight Triblel.

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