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Arts and Entertainment

Pencil This In: Pacific Asia Museum's Active Cultures, Ryan Adams, Baz Luhrmann's Music; and a Little Stargazing

'Multiplayer x2' group show is on view through March 3 at Gallery1988-Melrose. (Image: 'In N Out' by Matt Owen)
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Let's get the long holiday weekend off to a good start. If you're sticking around town, here are a number of fun events going on around LA tonight. There's artists' conversations at the Pacific Asia Museum; Ryan Adams plays Walt Disney Concert Hall; Show at Barre brings back Baz Luhrmann; food trucks gather in NoHo; and a stargazing program in Las Virgenes Canyon. Read on for all the details.ART*
The Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena presents the final installment of its Active Cultures series. Presenting speakers in a conversational program, the evening features two experts on two topics that may not share an obvious connection. Each speaker makes a short, 30 minute presentation on their area of expertise, and then shares the stage in an open session where they take questions and along with the audience explore the connections between their topics. Tonight, artist Richard Jackson shares his personal experiences of the growing art scene in Pasadena in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Andrew Liang, Principal of the L.A.-based Studio 0.10, USC School of Architecture Associate Professor, discusses Splendid China: Building Life with Intelligence. The Galleries open at 6 pm tonight and the first speaker begins at 8 pm. Tickets: $10.

Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams brings his acoustic show to Walt Disney Concert Hall tonight at tomorrow night at 8 pm. $42.25-$63.50.

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. Weekly performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9 pm, and Wednesday and Sunday at 8 pm. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased online.

TGIF. It’s time for another installment of NoHo Dine Out Fridays tonight from 6-8 pm. The free admission/dog friendly event features a number of food trucks on 11452 Burbank Blvd., just west of Lankershim. There’s live entertainment and places to sit and enjoy the grub.

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Tonight at 6:30 pm, the program Brilliant Winter Night Sky takes place at the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve. Local astronomer and volunteer naturalist Pat guides visitors to view constellations visible during this time of year. It is a moderate ½-mile hike to the viewing platform. The program lasts two hours. Meet at the Victory Blvd. entrance trailhead in West Hills.

*Pencil pick of the day

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