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Pencil This In: First Fridays at NHM, Fassbinder Film Retrospective, Art Openings at La Luz de Jesus

'Buster' by Jason D'Aquino: Graphite on vintage matchbook. (Image courtesy of La Luz de Jesus Gallery)
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Pencil this In is going on a two-week hiatus, so to keep up with events happening around LA, follow @LAist on Twitter and on Facebook. In the meantime, here's what's happening tonight--stuff happening in DTLA, Santa Monica and parts in between: a mix of science and music at NHM, art at La Luz de Jesus, a pop-up bar food concept and Fassbinder films. Read on for all the details.

It's First Fridays at The Natural History Museum featuring a mix of science and music. At 5, 5:30 and 6 pm, there are tours with the theme of Traditions Under the Influence with KT Hajeian and Chris Coleman. At 6:30, there’s a discussion, The Imagination Is Made of Other People with Jonah Lehrer. From 8-10 pm, there are live performances by Cut Chemist and Superhumanoids. Resident DJ Anthony Valadez and guest Garth Trinidad DJ in the African Mammal Hall from 5:30-10pm. Concert and lecture tickets: $18. Available starting at 5 pm at the door. Museum admission and DJ lounge only $5-12 (these are available online).

La Luz de Jesus Gallery holds an opening reception tonight from 8-11 pm for a group show featuring three artists. On view are: Dave Lebow's dark End Time Visions, some of which we spotted on Dexter; Jason D'Aquino's work in miniature in Phillumeny; and Jamie Zacarias a/k/a GERMS' surrealist work in FaSho.

American Cinematheque continues its nine-night retrospective Cruelly, Madly, Deeply of the brilliant enfant terrible German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who made 30 films and numerous television productions between 1969 and his death at age 37 in 1982. Fassbinder's work focused on money, sex, pride and cruelty, often set against the backdrop of a Postwar Germany. Screening tonight at the Egyptian at 7:30 pm is a double feature: Fox and his Friends (1975), followed by Beware of a Holy Whore (1971).

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The Santa Monica rock club and bar TRIP opens a pop-up restaurant tonight, operated by Adam Gertler, host of Food Network's Will Work For Food, and his restaurateur brother Keith Gertler. The two-day pop-up restaurant concept "Gertler's Kitchen" focuses on house cured and smoked meats, including lesser known sausages and bacon. Veggies don't be scared--the brothers promise grilled cheese and other veggie options, too. TRIP compliments the food by offering rare brews and local wines. Live music begins at 8 pm and there's no cover. Food served: 7 pm-1 am.

*Pencil pick of the day

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