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Pencil This In: Mike Mitchell Show Opens at G1988; Leftover Cuties and Kitty, Daisy & Lewis in Concert

Mike Mitchell's 'Just Like Us' show opens at Gallery1988-Melrose tonight. (Image: 'Jogging,' courtesy of the gallery and artist)
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Here's what's happening in LA on this Good Friday/first night of Passover. It's a little quieter than usual tonight, but we found a few art and music events that might interest you. Gallery1988 (Melrose) opens a Mike Mitchell show; the Leftover Cuties and Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are at the El Rey; two shows open at La Luz de Jesus; and Chilly Gonzales is at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Read on for all the details. ART*
Gallery1988 on Melrose hosts an opening reception tonight for Mike Mitchell’s show Just Like Us from 7-10 pm. The LA-based artist is known for his surrealist take on some of today’s best-known pop icons, including Sponge Bob after the BP spill or the “I’m with Coco” poster during Conan O’Brien’s Tonight Show outster. The show will run through April 28th.

Move over Zooey Deschanel, the Leftover Cuties play the El Rey tonight with a ukulele and easy melodies in tow. They’re performing in support of the U.K.-based sibling trio, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, who’ll play pretty much any instrument they get their hands on. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $17.

La Luz de Jesus gallery holds an opening reception from 8-11 pm for two art shows opening tonight. My Own Private Apocalypse features sculptures by Scott Hove, in which he explores the End of Days in cake-themed works. When the Rain Comes—a story about darkness and light—features paintings by Joe Sorren, whose style features “soft, eerie imagery, thick brushstrokes, and animalistic figures caught in motion.” There’s a free after party from 10 pm-2 am at The Blackeyed Soul Club at Monty’s Bar in DTLA. The exhibitions remain up through April 29.

Hollywood Forever Presents Chilly Gonzales’ “Piano Talk Show,” in which he plays the piano, talks, raps, complains and teaches the audience about the joys of improvisation. He plays the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery tonight at 8 pm. Gonzales has produced a number of albums from Feist to Peaches and has collaborated with a number of diverse on top of countless collaborationsc, with folks as diverse as Andrew W.K., A-Trak, Jamie Lidell, La Roux and Drake. 8 pm. Tickets: $25. Onsite parking is free.

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