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Pencil This In: Fashion, Star Trek and Music in a Cemetery

How Mae West looked taller than her 5-foot frame: Custom platform shoes (9.5”) c. 1945-50. Part of the Fabulous! exhibition at FIDM. (Image: FIDM)
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Listen up, Los Angeles! Here are the events of note happening around town tonight. It's a Trek fest of sorts with Leonard Nimoy and Zach Quinto together at the Hammer Museum; Patrick Wolf begins at two-night stint at Hollywood Forever; FIDM opens Fabulous! fashion exhibit; and Skylight Books hosts authors Josh Rolnick’s and Edan Lepucki. Read on for all the details.

Tonight at 7 pm, Hammer Lectures presents a brilliant pairing of actor turned photographer/folk anthropologist Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) to talk about his photo project Secret Selves with Zach Quinto (Heroes, Star Trek). The project is inspired by the Greek mythological idea that ever since Zeus split humans in two “each person has been searching for his or her other half to feel complete, Nimoy asked subjects to reveal their hidden halves in front of his camera. The result is a collection of more than 100 portraits and interviews that explore humanity’s alternate self.” Free. Tickets on a first come, first served basis an hour before the event. Parking is available under the Hammer Museum for $3 after 6 pm.

Hollywood Foreverpresents Patrick Wolf in the Masonic Lodge tonight and tomorrow. The English singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist will be previewing material off his new full-length album Lupercalia. Tickets: $20. Doors at 8 pm and show at 9 pm. Parking is free on site after 6 pm.

FIDM’s Museum opens a new exhibition FABULOUS! today that showcases more than 200 years of fashion history, from 1800-2010. The show will feature more than 170 pieces, including a court suit (c. 1810-14) that belonged to composer Johann Hummel, a white gauze French empire gown, to a peacock dress by Alexander McQueen. The exhibition is free and open from 10 am-4 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays through Dec. 17.

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Skylight Books holds readings for Josh Rolnick’s new short story collection Pulp and Paper and Edan Lepucki’s novella with stories If You're Not Yet Like Me tonight at 7:30 pm.

*Pencil pick of the day

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