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Pencil This In: Tech Meets Science at Mindshare, John C. Reilly Plays Largo and More

A Jim Henson Tribute Art Show is on view at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra. (Image: 'Monster Spectrum' by Jared Andrew Schorr.)
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We have the answer to your question, "What's going on tonight in LA?" It's an evening for Mindshare, where tech and science meet; John C. Reilly performs at Largo; art at Barnsdall Park; musician Jason Moran is at the Hammer; a book launch at Family and more. Read on for all the details.

The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park hosts an opening reception for the Pacific Standard Time exhibition Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Art Center tonight from 6-9 pm. The reception will be accompanied by an open house and live jazz at the nearby Hollyhock House.

Mindshare LA presents an evening of tech and science talks mixed with a little food, fun and booze tonight at the Mezz Lounge at the Alexandria Hotel. Happy hour is from 7-8:30 pm with the talks—under the theme of Secrets and Lies—beginning at 8:30 pm. Speakers include Tristan Ursell, a biophysicist from Stanford University on “The Largest Scientific Instrument Ever Built,” Vanessa van Petten, curator and speaker,, on “How to Become a Human Lie Detector” and Jamie Schwettmann on “College of Lockpicking: Pick it like it's 1899.” Stay for the afterparty and demo lounge. Tickets: $25.

Family Bookstore presents author Carson Mell who’ll read and sign from his book The Blue Bourbon Orchestra. The epic novel tell the story of a fading country band The Blue Bourbon Orchestra, and its "silver-tongued lead singer, Guy Fisher." The band changed the lives of many people, including the aging alcoholic guitarist-narrator. There’s a special performance by Alex Johnstone tonight at Family, too.

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The multitalented John C. Reilly holds his record release show tonight at Largo to promote the release of his new singles, both produced by Jack White, on Third Man Records. Reilly performs with Becky Star, Tom Brosseau and special guests. Tickets are $25 with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

Tonight the Hammer Museum presents a performance by pianist/composer Jason Moran in concert at 7 pm. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980, the 2010 MacArthur Fellow “marries established classical, blues, and jazz techniques with the musical influences of his generation, including funk, hip-hop, and rock.” The performance will be followed by a discussion on migration and music with Guthrie Ramsey, professor of music at the University of Pennsylvania. Free.

All four Kitson stores along Robertson Boulevard (between Alden Drive and West Third Street and Beverly Boulevard) are enticing shoppers with a cause. Tonight, Kitson donates 20% of sales from 6-9 pm to the HeArt Project. The organization combats high school dropout crisis with a long-term arts program for students. Light refreshments will be served.

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