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Pencil This In: Art Openings at New Puppy LA, Gallery1988 and SMMoA, TCM Film Fest and a Steve Abee Reading

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Gallery1988 in Venice salutes Alfred Hitchcock. (Image: Dave Perillo)
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ART*
Gallery1988 (Venice) opens the group show Suspense & Gallows Humor, a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock. 75 artists have created artwork inspired by his films, TV shows and the man himself. There’s a reception tonight from 7-10 pm. The show runs through April 29.FILM
Listen up, classic film lovers. The TCM Classic Film Festival began yesterday and continues through theweekend. See classic movies like Annie Hall and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as they were meant to be seen—on the big screen. All film screenings will be held at the Egyptian or at other theaters along Hollywood Boulevard.

ART
The Santa Monica Museum of Art holds opening receptions tonight for three exhibitions. 7-9 pm. On view tonight are Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe in the Main Gallery; Isa Melsheimer: Vermilion Sands and Other Stories from the Neon West in the Project Room and Park Studio: Complex Elements in the Back Gallery.

BOOKS
Local author and teacher Steve Abee reads and signs his new novel Johnny Futuretonight at 7:30 pm at Skylight Books. The hopelessly unrepentant and quixotic Johnny Future wants to rescue his grandmother from her nursing home with a stolen car and a prostitute named America along for the ride.

ART
Tonight the New Puppy Gallery, just north of Chinatown, hosts the first LA solo exhibition of Derek Cowan’s limited edition woodblock original monoprints and a selection of the artist’s monastery flags. The prints standout in today’s e-book culture. The reception for Apology Accepted starts at 7 pm with Cowan in attendance.

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