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Pencil This In: StoryCorps Founder at Skylight Books, Dirty Stories from 'Slake,' Opera Music in Santa Monica

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It's Friday! Finally. Let's kick the weekend off right with an eclectic slate of events in LA tonight. We found out that StoryCorps founder Dave Isay reads at Skylight Books; Slake gets a little dirty (with audience participation!); La Luz de Jesus opens a new group show; and a little opera in Santa Monica. Read on for all the details.


Christine Wu is one of the artists in the latest group show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. (Image of Wu's Asphodel, courtesy of La Luz de Jesus)
We admit it: 95% of the time we hear a StoryCorps segment on NPR, we usually have a lump in our throat by the end of the story. Tonight, Dave Isay, founder of the oral history project, presents his book All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps at Skylight Books. He’ll read and few stories and discuss the StoryCorps project. 7:30 pm.

Tonight at 7 pm, Slake: Los Angeles and the Last Bookstore present The Dirty, an evening of readings from the magazine’s forthcoming fourth issue on “dirt.” Readings by Luke Davies, Joseph Mattson, Lauren Weedman, Antonia Crane, Larry Fondation, Harry Shannon and Joe Donnelly. Audience members can participate by entering “confession booths” to write down (anonymously) their deepest, darkest or dirtiest secrets. The confessions will be read throughout the evening. At the end of the night, there’s a breaking of a piñata filled with dirty prizes. At The Last Bookstore. Free, but RSVP to

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La Luz de Jesus Gallery holds a reception tonight from 8-11 pm for the opening of its latest group show. Matthew Bone’s work in Paradise Lost reflects the artist’s diet of comic books, horror movies, and pornography as a kid; Soey Milk’s Malus Sieversii often depicts lone women in romance, with symbols of pleasure and agony; Bonni Reid’s Cartes De Visite works are a throwback to the small trading cards/photos used in the Victorian era; and Christine Wu's Shhh... is an exploration on the power of things left unsaid. The exhibition will be up through Feb. 26.

The city of Santa Monica presents a Night of Arias with the Pacific Opera Project tonight at 8 pm at the Miles Memorial Playhouse. The program features popular opera arias and scenes from the Pacific Opera Project's 2012 Season, which included Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti, and Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, and selections from Mozart's Il barbiere di Sivilgia and Bizet's Carmen. Tickets are $5 for youth/seniors and $10 for adults. For reservations call (310) 458-8634 or email

Gallery1988 in Venice holds a reception tonight for What Went from a Whisper: New Work by Kurt Halsey. It's the illustrator's last solo show. 7-10 pm.

*Pencil pick of the day

Want more events? Follow me on Twitter (@christineziemba). Or follow Lauren Lloyd—who takes care of Pencil on Wednesdays (@LadyyyLloyd).