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Pencil This In: 'Slake' After Dark, Weegee's Photography, Farming Panel and Art Walk Related Events

Weegee's work, including 'The Gold Painted Stripper,' ca. 1950, is on view at MOCA. (Image: International Center of Photography, Bequest of Wilma Wilcox, 1993, ©Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images)
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There's too much good stuff happening tonight in LA. First, there's a reading with Luke Davies at Atwater Crossing; a lecture on Weegee's photography at MOCA, a gardening panel at the Santa Monica Public Library; and there's always Downtown LA's art walk and related events. Read on for all the details.PHOTO
Tonight at 6:30 pm, MOCA Grand Avenue holds the program Flash Photography: Weegee, Flash Photography, and Technological Innovation. Kate Flint, professor of English and art history at USC, discusses how advances in flash photography impacted the work of photographer Weegee in Los Angeles. The event coincides with the exhibition Naked Los Angeles: Weegee in Hollywood, an examination of the work of the tabloid photographer known as Weegee, who gave up shooting grisly crime scenes in NYC for Hollywood’s stars, strippers, costume shops, and naked mannequins, sometimes distorted through trick lenses and multiple exposures relocated from New York City to Los Angeles. Free.

The February edition of Slake after Dark welcomes Slake contributor Luke Davies, Australian poet and novelist, who’ll read and discuss his work. His bibliography includes novels Candy and God of Speed and four volumes of poetry. Doors at 7 pm and the event begins tonight at 7:30 pm at the Atwater Crossing complex. Live music will be provided by Yellow Red Sparks. The Atwater Crossing Kitchen will be open for dinner and wine.

The Santa Monica Public Library’s 2012 panel series presents Gardening on the Farm and in the City tonight at 7 pm. The panel’s guests—Nate Peitso of Maggie’s Farm, master gardener Sarah Spitz (formerly of KCRW), Il Grano chef Sal Marino and urban homesteader Craig Ruggless from Winnetka Farms—will discuss how their gardens grow. The event will be moderated by Darra Henigan of the Santa Monica Farmers Market. We also hear that chef Marino is bringing market treats for a a post-discussion snack. Free and open to the public.

The Velaslavasay Panorama presents the illustrated lecture Anatomical Venuses, The Slashed Beauty, and Fetuses Dancing a Jig: A Journey into the Curious World of the Medical Museum tonight at 8 pm. Photographer and researcher Joanna Ebenstein has travelled the world seeking the most fascinating, curious medical collections, both private and public, amassing a huge collection of images. Tickets $10 ($8 VPES members, students, seniors).

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The LA Times continues its Art Walk night tour tonight, exploring the Times Olympic Printing Plant tonight at 7:30 pm. See where the “ink hits the paper” and watch the presses roll out thousands of copies of tomorrow’s newspaper. At the Times’ Olympic Printing Plant near 8th and Alameda. Limited to 50 people. Free admission.

Tonight’s the monthly, self-guided Downtown Art Walk in the galleries surrounding Spring and Main (between 2nd and 9th streets). From 6-10 pm. Stop by the Art Walk lounge (634 S. Spring St.) where organizers will be selling 100 limited edition love and heart inspired pieces of art for sale this month. Prices range from $20-$100. Perfect for Valentine’s Day.

*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).