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Pencil This In: Art by Negativland, Chick Strand and Neon Park; Satie's 'Vexations'; New Orleans Funk by Big Sam

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Tonight in LA, we found a number of music, film and art events: 32 pianists tackle Satie's "Vexations"; LAAA opens five solo art shows; a Negativland art and music show; artwork by Chick Strand and Neon Park; Lance Bangs screens his films and videos; and Big Sam's Funky Nation brings New Orleans jazz and funk to The Mint. Read on for all the details.

MUSIC
Tonight at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, 32 pianists take on the 24-hour performance of Erik Satie’s 1893 composition “Vexations.” Beginning at 7 pm and continuing through Saturday at 7 pm, the pianists will play a single page of music that’s repeated over and over again. 840 times. Audience members are encouraged to bring cushions. Free.

ART
The Los Angeles Art Association opens five solo exhibitions: These ideas are not mine, yet I have them by Matthew Morse Jones, Translating Transitions #3 by Marilyn Lowey, Infinity by Shana Mabari, Nomzamo Shakkara (A Study of the Deep Struggle for Sweetness) by Raksha Parekh and Paper or Plastic? by Luke & Ginger Van Hook tonight at Gallery 825. Reception: 6-9 pm.

ART + MUSIC*
The art collective Negativland has been creating collage works in art, music, CDs, video, radio and live performance for nearly three decades borrowing sounds, objects, images and text. They've been sued twice for copyright infringement and now work toward reforming copyright laws. La Luz de Jesus hosts a live musical performance and art show for Negativland, with works that span its career. Also opening at the gallery tonight is a retrospective on the works of filmmaker Chick Strand and album cover artist Neon Park. Opening reception is from 8-11 pm.

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FILM+MUSIC
Cinefamily screens the work of filmmaker Lance Bangs tonight at 8 pm. Bangs has created a number of concert films, documentaries and music videos, including working with LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Archers of Loaf, Belle & Sebastian, The Shins, Sleater-Kinney, Elliott Smith, Sonic Youth and more. Tonight, Bangs appear in person to take the audience through is career, including several short films, music videos, concert footage and tour projections. There’s also a live music performance by Bradford Cox (Atlas Sound, Deerhunter), Randy Randall & Dean Spunt (No Age), and Mike Watt (Minutemen, Stooges). Tickets: $12.

MUSIC
The Mint welcomes Big Sam's Funky Nation tonight for an evening of New Orleans funk. Big Sam, the former trombone player of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, is joined by Andrew Baham on trumpet/vocals, Andrew Block on guitar, Chocolate MILK on drums and Eric Vogel on bass. Big Sam takes the stage at 10 pm, the Gumbo Brothers open at 9 pm. Cost: $17. 21+.

*Pencil pick of the day

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