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Pencil This In: photo l.a. This Weekend, SMMoA Art Openings and a Party at Poketo

At photo l.a.: Chris McCaw, Sunburned GSP #225, 2008, Santa Monica. (Courtesy of Duncan Miller Gallery)
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We found great events happening on both the East- and West- sides of LA, from art openings in Santa Monica to photo l.a. all weekend long, to a record and book release party at Poketo to a concert with John C. Reilly and pals. Read on for all the details.

The photo l.a. art fair opens today through Monday at the Santa Monica Civic Center. It’s a chance for photographers and art fans alike to meet with collectors, curators and artists to discuss trends and see what’s happening in the worlds of art and photography. Lectures and workshops, too. Tickets: $20 online and $25 at the door. Hours 11 am-7 pm today through Sunday, 11
am-6 pm on Monday.

One of our fav local brands Poketo presents “It Rained All Day”—the opening party and art show tonight from 6-10 pm that celebrates the collaborative release of the book and accompanying vinyl record by LA artist Mel Kadel and Austin musician ((SOUNDER)). The party includes a book signing and live music performance with beverages available from Cerveza Indio. The art show will be on view 11 am-7 pm through Sunday.

The Santa Monica Museum of Art holds an opening reception tonight from 7-9 pm for three new exhibitions Abundance and Devotion: The Art of Miriam Wosk; Peter Shire: Tea for Two Hundred and Samira Yamin: We Will Not Fail. An artists’ talk is scheduled for Wednesday with Shire and Yamin at the Museum.

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The Bootleg Bar hosts an evening of music with John C. Reilly and friends (featuring Tom Brosseau and Becky Stark) tonight. Doors at 8 pm, with the show at 9 pm. Tickets: $10.

There’s an LAPD community event "Chowdown with the LAPD" at the Boyle Heights Farmers Market tonight that focuses on the themes of “brotherhood, community, togetherness and family.” That’s all nice and everything, but more importantly, the LAPD is giving away free tacos, DVD discount code giveaways and End of Watch movie cell phone holders. The farmers market is located at the mariachi plaza metro gold line station on First Street and Bailey. 6:30-8:30 pm. Free.

*Pencil pick of the day

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