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Pencil This In: Dr. Seuss and Winnie the Pooh Art Shows, Photography Talk and a 'Golden Goddesses' Book Signing

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Graphic design lecture at the Hammer Museum tonight. (Work by David Bennewith, Churchward International Typefaces, 2009, Photo by Franz Vos, Jan van Eyck Academie, Courtesy the artist. Copyright: David Bennewith.)
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Events abound in LA tonight, from a photography discussion, a book signing at Hustler Hollywood, art openings featuring Winnie the Pooh and Dr. Suess, a salon at the Autry with a Latino twist and a theatrical experience that traverses the history of rock. Read on for all the details. PHOTOGRAPHY TALK
The Julia Dean Photo Workshops hosts Photographers on Photography tonight at 7:30 pm, a new quarterly conversation that puts the spotlight on the industry’s top photographers. The featured guest tonight is Sam Abell, a documentary photographer whose work has been published in National Geographic Magazine for the past 30 years. He’ll be interviewed by award-winning travel photographer and author Mark Edward Harris. Free, but an RSVP is required.

ART
Tonight’s the monthly Wilshire Center-Koreatown Art & Architecture Walk. And one of the galleries participating is the AndrewShire Gallery presenting The Art of Dr. Seuss. See unknown and popular works from Seuss’s 65-year career. The opening reception is being held tonight from 6-8 pm with noted Dr. Seuss expert Jeff Schuffman doing a special presentation at 7 pm.

BOOK
Hustler Hollywood hosts a book launch, reading and signing of author Jill C. Nelson’s Golden Goddesses tonight at 7 pm. The new book profiles 25 celebrated women of classic erotic film industry from 1968-1985. There’s also a Q&A with the author and the women featured in the book, including Ginger Lynn, Nina Hartley, Veronica Hart and many others. Champagne and cake will be served. Attendance is free with RSVP. Email nelson4@cogeco.ca or call 323-651-5400 x. 7687 to attend.

ART
Blends and Odd Job hosts an exhibit opening at GR Space from 7:30-10 pm tonight from Japanese artists of Tokyo Studio Collective that features a new collection of apparel, accessories and art inspired by one little bear: Winnie the Pooh. The launch event also includes a live music performance by YUPPA and a live paint by Sachicafe. Light refreshments will be served.

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SALON
The Autry Museum presents the new La Cena Salon Series with the program Religion and Ritual tonight from 5:30-9 pm. The salon brings together Latino artists, authors, entertainers, and academics for tapas, cocktails and conversation. Tonight’s guests include visual artist Patssi Valdez, author Reyna Grande, actors Ricardo Salinas and Miguel Sandoval, and UCR professor Jennifer Hughes. Tickets: $75 for Autry members and $85 for nonmembers.

BOOK SIGNING
The Joint presents Rock ‘N’ Roll Lens 30 Years of Music Photography and Stories — an evening of music, art, food, wine and a book signing by photographer Jimmy Steinfeldt tonight at 7 pm. In a career that spans 30 years, Steinfeldt has photographed everyone from Miles Davis to Madonna and the Ramones. Live music from Robbie Gennet at 8 pm. $10.

GRAPHIC DESIGN*
Tonight, the Hammer Museum welcomes graphic designers Michael Bierut and Ellen Lupton in conversation at 7:30 pm. Bierut is a partner at the firm Pentagram, with his clients that include Alliance for Downtown New York, Benetton and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. He’s also the senior critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art. Lupton, co-curator of the Hammer's Graphic Design: Now in Production, is a designer, writer, and senior curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. She is the director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art. Free.

MUSIC
Raiding the Rock Vault is a theatrical production with live music that tells the chronological story of classic rock, and it happens tonight at the Mayan Theatre. Narrated, sung and acted to a backdrop of imagery including historical footage, the show traverses history of rock from 1950 t0 1990, features music from The Who, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, KISS, Rolling Stones. 8 pm. Tickets: $10. 21+.

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