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Pencil This In: An Evening with Syfy's 'Being Human,' Lance Henrikson's Comic Book Signing and 'Tobacco Road'

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Artist Lucy Raven presents an illustrated lecture at the Hammer tonight. (Image: Lucy Raven's RP31, courtesy of the Hammer and the artist)
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We found a number of wide-ranging events tonight, from an evening with 'Being Human' cast and creators; a free reading of 'Tobacco Road'; a comic book signing with Lance Henrikson; a magical talk show with Justin Willman; an art lecture and more. Read on for all the details.

THEATER READING
Tonight at 7 pm, Pasadena’s classical repertory theatre company, A Noise Within, offers a free, one-night-only reading of Tobacco Road by Jack Kirkland (based on the novel by Erskine Caldwell). Directed by Apollo Dukakis, the Depression-era drama explores social and racial injustice in the South with biting satire. The reading compliments A Noise Within’s upcoming production of John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. Free, but reservations recommended.

ART
Manhattan Beach City Hall presents the art exhibition Why I <3 Manhattan Beach with an opening reception today from 4:30-6 pm at City Hall. The show features work from more than three dozen artists and runs through the end of the month. Free.

ART TALK
The Hammer Museum presents the Artist Talk: Low Relief with Lucy Raven tonight at 7:30 pm. She presents an illustrated lecture Low that “investigates depictions of spatial depth and the roots of 3-D image making.” The program is being held in conjunction with Hammer Projects: Lucy Raven on view at the Hammer Museum through Jan. 20. Free. Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6 pm.

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TV
The Paley Center hosts An Evening with Syfy’s Being Human tonight at 7 pm. The cast and creators of the sci-fi show will be on hand to talk about the upcoming season, which begins on Jan. 14. Based on a British TV show, Being Human follows the trials and tribulations of three 20something Bostonian roommates, whose lives are complicated because, hey, one’s a ghost, one’s a vampire and one’s a werewolf. Tickets: $10 for members, $15 for the general public.

BOOK SIGNING*
We remember Lance Henriksen from the creepy (but great) TV show Millennium. Now he’s into creating creepy comic books and signs copies of books 1&2 of To Hell You Ride tonight at 7 pm at Amoeba. He writes them with Joseph Maddrey (Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film) with art by Tom Mandrake. To attend the signing, books must be purchased at the store (hold onto your receipts).

TALK MAGIC
NerdMelt presents Sleight Of Mouth with Justin Willman tonight at 8 pm. It’s like a late night-style talk show, hosted by magician Justin Willman (Food Network's Cupcake Wars) with guests: Casey Wilson (Happy Endings, SNL), sword swallower Brett Loudermilk (Tonight Show) and the one man house band Bushwalla. There’s supposedly a “super rad special guest” that will make your year, included in the $8-$10 ticket price.

*Pencil pick of the day

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