Pencil This In: Lucha VaVOOM's New Cabaret Night, LA x LA Fest Continues and Talking Politics at the Hammer Museum
Thursday night options bring us a few book readings with Ben Ryder Howe on his time as a Korean Deli Owner, Mayim Bialik's parenting tips and Lawrence Lessig on alternatives to money-driven elections. There's also LA x LA, a local music SXSW alternative, and art shows that feature the work of Camille Rose Garcia and Aitor Lajarin & Jamie Dean. Read on for all the details.
Book Soup presents author Ben Ryder Howe, who’ll be reading from his book My Korean Deli. Howe, a descendant of the Plymouth settlers, and senior editor at The Paris Review, and his wife, the daughter of Korean immigrants, decide to repay her parents’ self-sacrifice by gifting them with a New York deli. Howe humorously recounts his mostly night shifts and experiences of family and a clash of cultures in Brooklyn. 7 pm.
Michael Kohn Gallery hosts an opening reception and book signing tonight from 6-8 pm for an exhibition of original watercolor paintings by Camille Rose Garcia. Her paintings, with a dark and whimsical signature style, were created for the illustrated book of the Grimm Brothers' classic fairy tale, Snow White. The works will be on view through April 2012 and the illustrated book will also be available at the gallery.
Lucha VaVOOM relaunches its monthly cabaret show at El Cid tonight at 9 pm. The Heino Happy Hour is a mix of comedy, music, burlesque, and tonight’s show features segments from special guests and Lucha regulars, including Jerry Minor (SNL, Mr. Show), Brandon Johnson (Rev. Brown at Lucha VaVOOM, Get Him to the Greek), Blaine Capatch (Lucha VaVOOM), Moana Santana (Lords of Altamont, Lucha VaVOOM) and back-up dancers Ursulina & Lux LaCroix. Tickets: $15. 21+ only.
Who needs Austin when you have LA x LA? Presented by Moheak Radio & The Satellite, the festival (held at the Satellite) showcases great local rock. Tonight’s lineup: The Californian; Last American Buffalo; Suddyn; Canoneers and DJ Jim Evens (Helen Stellar). $8. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm.
It’s a very special night at Vroman’s when Mayim Bialik (Blossom) talks about her parenting book: Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way. Bialik got her PhD in neuroscience from UCLA, married her college sweetheart, and had two kids. “Drawing on both her experience as a mother and her scientific background, Mayim presents the major tenets and core principles of attachment parenting and how it has become the guiding principle for her family.” Free. If you want books signed, Vromans asked that you purchase one copy of Beyond the Sling.
Tonight Espacio gallery in Santa Monica hosts an opening reception for the exhibition Black Hole, featuring the work of Aitor Lajarin & Jamie Dean. The title reflects the artists’ shared approach and process to creative work. The show remains up through May 1. Party tonight begins at 6:30 pm.
The Hammer Museum talks politics tonight when Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School professor, discusses alternatives to money-driven / Super-PAC election campaigns. Lessig is author of Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It. A book signing will follow the program.
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