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Pencil This In: Valentine's Art, an Antique Book Fair, Music from Hugh Masekela and North Indian Beats

The antique manuscript from Paradise Lost is just one of the volumes found at the 45th California International Antiquarian Book Fair.
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It's Friday and we found a few ways to blow off some steam from the workweek. There's a Valentine's themed art show at Kana Manglapus gallery in Venice; a variety show from the folks at Captured Aural Phantasy Theater; North Indian music and beats in Lincoln Heights; the high-energy sounds from South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela; and an antique book fair in Pasadena. Read on for all the details.

The Kana Manglapus gallery on Abbot Kinney opens the exhibition, Love, a collection of new works by artists Adam Secore, Brandy Eve Allen, Carly Correa, Chad Attie, Curtis Kulig, David Bortolucci, Gabrielle Revere, Kathy Rose for Roseark, Kristen Shaw, Kwaku Alston, Maximillian Chow, Pascal Shirley, Rocco Mediate, Tao Ruspoli and Xela Mandel. The show is a multifaceted tribute to St. Valentine’s Day and the most powerful human emotion. The opening reception will be held from 6-9 pm tonight.

Tonight, the gang from the Captured Aural Phantasy Theater takes over the Velaslavasay Panorama Theater for the variety show The Valentine's Day Panorama of Love. The troupe re-creates vintage romance comic book stories and other retro pop culture bits throughout the night. Interspersed between the old-time radio stories are projected art, short acts and music from the house band, The Noble Gasses. Tickets: $8-$10.

HM157 in Lincoln Heights presents the program, The Charmed Snakes of India tonight at 7:30 pm. Listen to traditional North Indian Tabla beats, Hindustani swan song and dance projections. Local band Jeffertitti's Nile is guaranteed to play a charged psychedelic set by one of the best local acts around, The evening opens with North Indian Hindustani vocals by Gaayatri Kaundinya with T.J. Troy on tabla, followed by the Anahata Percussion Group. Curried lentils and snacks will be available. $10 suggested donation.

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Trumpeter Hugh Masekela and his band stop at UCLA Live’s Royce Hall tonight at 8 pm, bringing high-energy South African music to the Southland. Masekela’s The Jabulani Tour takes its name from the Zulu word meaning “rejoice,” and it celebrates several generations of music from wedding ceremonies in South Africa. Tickets: $20.

Bibliophiles need to head to Pasadena this weekend as it hosts the 45th California International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Pasadena Convention Center. The Book Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about and purchase rare and valuable books, manuscripts, autographs, graphics, prints, maps, photographs and other items from more than 200 booksellers. The weekend will feature ”volumes from five centuries of printing, as well as original manuscripts that predate Gutenberg.” The fair is open until 8 pm tonight and runs Saturday from 11 am-7 pm and Sunday from 11 am-5 pm. Tickets today are $25 and provide three-day admission. Today’s proceeds will benefit the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Admission on Saturday and Sunday is $15.

Show at Barre brings back its crowd-pleasing and exhilarating cabaret show For the Record: Baz Luhrmann to Los Feliz. Enjoy 27 songs from Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, Strictly Ballroom and Moulin Rouge performed in a 360-degree theater by a rotating cast of talented Broadway and Off-Broadway beauties. Sing along while sipping on cocktails and enjoying delicious bites, and you've got one of the best dates in town. Tonight through Saturday at 9 pm, and Wednesday and Sunday at 8 pm.Tickets are $35. Through March 4.

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