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Pencil This In: Dead Authors Reading at UCB, Meshell Ndegeocello at the El Rey and an Art Opening at La Luz de Jesus

Krystopher Sapp's 'When a Good Man Goes To War' is one of three exhibitions opening at La Luz de Jesus tonight. (Image: Sapp/La Luz de Jesus.)
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Whew! Now that the first workweek of the year is in the books, it's time to get out there and enjoy the weekend. We found a few events tonight that might help get things started, including a Dead Authors reading to benefit 826LA, an art show opening at La Luz de Jesus Gallery; music by Quetzal and Meshell Ndegeocello; and a book reading by Harriett Bronson—the former Mrs. Charles Bronson. Read on for all the details.

Tonight at 6:30 pm at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle makes an appearance thanks to the miracle of time travel. Doyle will discuss his life and work, and the audience gets to pick his brain. The Dead Authors Night is moderated by another dead author H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins). Tickets are $5, and all proceeds benefit 826LA. RSVP here.

La Luz de Jesus hosts an opening reception tonight from 8-11 pm for its first group show of the year featuring the art of Frieda Gossett (Birds), Alexandra Manukyan (Secrets and Confession) and Krystopher Sapp (When a Good Man Goes to War).

Two shows we wanted to call to your attention tonight: At 8 pm, East LA’s Quetzal performs at Café Fais Do Do to debut material from Imaginaries, their first record for Smithsonian Folkways out Feb 28. Founded after the 1992 LA uprisings by guitarist/singer Quetzal Flores, the band blends traditional son jarocho music from Veracruz with rock, R&B and salsa. Tickets: $12. Meshell Ndegeocello performs at the El Rey Theatre tonight, showcasing the soulful sounds of her latest record Weather. The music runs the gamut from “spacey grooves, to hushed ballads, to soulful stomps, all featuring Meshell's incredibly thoughtful lyrics.” Tickets: $25.

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Harriett Bronson discusses and signs her book Charlie & Me tonight at Book Soup at 7 pm. Harriett Bronson was an acting student who dreamt of performing on the New York stage. Instead she married another aspiring actor—Charles Bronson—and followed him to California. Sixteen years later, she had two kids and a marriage behind her and started her life over again.

*Pencil pick of the day

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