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Arts and Entertainment

Pencil This In: A Circus Freakshow Comes to Town, Laluzapalooza Art Show Opens and Saturday Morning Cartoons Revisited

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Included in Laluzapalooza art show, opening tonight, is José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros' oil on canvas, 'Magic Metrosexual.' (Image courtesy of La Luz de Jesus Gallery)
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It's Friday night...time to blow off a little steam with these great events: The Squidling Brothers Circus Sideshow comes to North Hollywood; La Luz de Jesus opens its giant juried art show; Judy Garland sings Abba and more in WeHo; NerdMelt takes you in the wayback machine to re-examine Saturday Morning Cartoons; a night of art and music in Atwater Village; and there's free classical music at Oxy. Read on for all the details!

CABARET
Opening tonight is a new concert that stars Peter Mac as Judy Garland LIVE!In the show, The Songs That Got A Way, at the French Market in WeHo, Garland will have a chance to sing the songs she never did, including songs by ABBA, Broadway hits, Whitney Houston and others. Tickets: $15-$30. Dinner seating at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm. Runs on Fridays and Saturdays through March 31.

ART
La Luz de Jesus Gallery opens up its 26th annual juried group showLaluzapaloozatonight. This gigantic (with approximately 125 artists), is a no-theme show. The curators whittled down more than 9,000 submissions from commercial illustrators, graphic designers, tattooists, scenics, students, animators and working gallery artists to showcase work from both established and emerging alternative artists. Opening reception tonight is from 8-11 pm. The show remains up until April 1.

FREAK SHOW
The Squidling Bros. Circus Sideshow--which includes sword swallowers, tattoo aficionados, dare devils and both comic and scary ass clowns--takes over the California Institute of Abnormal Arts in North Hollywood tonight at 8 pm. Led by two Philadelphia-based brothers, the circus promises a burlesque and edgier spin on on the classic American sideshows that accompanied traveling circuses in early 20th Century. 8 pm. Tickets: $15.

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COMEDY
Tonight at 8 pm, NerdMelt presents a double header of laughs beginning with The Saturday Morning Show, in which the audience members are led down memory lane as Kyle Clark and Dominic Moschitti revisit the cartoons of our childhood through the cruel lens of adulthood. We always thought that the Road Runner was a jerk...so bring your Captain Crunch and enjoy the trip back. That’s immediately followed by The Jesse Miller Talk Show as comics, bands & various guests perform, then are interviewed by self-described media mogul Jesse Miller (Andre Hyland). It promises to be a bizarre evening with Jesse Miller. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

ART PARTY
Art and music are on the agenda in Atwater Village tonight when Memphis George (aka Michelle Sabol) and 12 local artists open Memphis George's Panopticon Salon with imaginative jewelry, handmade objects and art pieces. Music will be provided by Two Bit Opera, a musical duo that plays a mix of music from the 20s and 30s on ukulele, accordion, banjo and more. From 6-10 pm with the music beginning at 8.

CLASSICAL
Tonight Occidental College hosts a free evening of classical chamber music by the Marian Anderson String Quartet. The program, Not the Same Ol' Song and Dance, features works by African-American composers William Grant Still and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla and piece by Felix Mendelssohn. When the group won the International Cleveland Quartet Competition, it was the first African-American ensemble to win a classical music competition. 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public.

*Pencil pick of the day

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