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Pencil This In: A Potluck with a Twist, Magic Lantern Show at The Velaslavasay Panorama and Jazz at LACMA

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Tonight in LA, the social mashup Slideluck Potshow, combines potluck dinners and slideshow entertainment with photos from local photographers; the Velaslavasay Panorama holds a Magic Lantern show; there's music by Bright Light Social Hour and Jazz at LACMA; poetry slams and late-night theate, too. Read on for all the details.


Upcoming: Tomorrow (Sat.) at 5 pm at Skylight Books, Guy Delisle signs his latest graphic novel, Jerusalem, a travelogue about the time he and his family spent in the city. (Image: Courtesy of Drawn + Quarterly)
The nonprofit Slideluck Potshow brings photography, food and community together tonight by combining multimedia slideshow presentations with potluck dinners. Tonight’s event is being held at Fifth in the Little Tokyo Arts District. where photogs can present their work in a chill atmosphere. Bring a dish to share and nosh on, and enjoy cocktails and music. Potluck at 6:30 pm. Slideshow at 9 pm.

The Velaslavasay Panorama presents The Fire Axolotl Magic Lantern Show & Other Non-Electricity-Based Visual Amusements tonight at 8 pm. Tickets: $12. Dr. Goio hosts an evening of entertainment, taking the audience back to the era before electricity. He recreates a Magic Lantern lecture show, as it would have been seen in rural and urban Mexico in the 19th century. All materials used—from the glass slides to the projection apparatus, date back to the late 1800s. Tickets $12.

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Tonight the Bright Light Social Hour plays the Bootleg Bar. Melding southern rock, hard dance, psychedelic blues and deep soul, they took home six awards at the SXSW 2011 Austin Music Awards, including Band of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Doors at 8 pm, $12

Get Lit-Words Ignite, an LA-based nonprofit that fosters literacy by engaging at-risk youth in literary performance, education, and teen poetry programs, hosts the Classic Poetry Slam tonight at the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) and tomorrow night at The Wiltern Theater with students from Watts, Hollywood, Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley, and South LA. Celeb judges are former pro basketball star and broadcaster Tommy Hawkins, California Poet Laureate Carol Muske-Dukes, Mexican television personality and game show host Marco Antonio Regil and author/poet Luis Rodriguez. Scholarships will be awarded to the winning poet, teacher, and school. Tickets are free, but must be reserved.

Jazz at LACMA kicks off its 21st season 6 pm tonight with a performance by legendary guitarist Kenny Burrell and the Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited (LAJOU). Highlights tonight will include a Duke Ellington tribute in honor of his birthday on April 29. At the BP Grand Entrance. Free, no reservations.

It's fun going to see a show at 11 p.m. And tonight and tomorrow, the Eclectic Company Theatre in Valley Village is presenting All Over Again, an after-hours set of nine monologues written and acted by members of the group's talented resident ensemble. Two very different performances by Jason Britt are both highlights of the evening, as is Meghan McConnell's manic turn as an animal welfare absolutist whose home is inundated with fruit flies night after night ("and it was the same ones"). Admission is pay what you can.

The Venice Art Walk & Auctions season kicks off this weekend with a Surf & Skate Auction tonight at Bergamot Station’s Track 16. The Surf & Skate Auction showcases specially designed skate decks and surfboards by artists, architects, musicians, athletes and others. 6-10 pm. Auction closes at 9pm. Free. The auctions as well as the Art Walk on May 19-20, benefit the Venice Family Clinic.

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