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Pencil This In: Silver Lake Chorus Show, Book Signing by Joy Division's Peter Hook and NHM First Fridays

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There is an unbelievable lineup of events in LA tonight. For serious. Check out these happenings: Peter Hook of Joy Division is having a book reading/signing; it's a First Friday at the Natural History Museum; The Silver Lake Chorus has a free show tonight; it's Van Gogh night at the Norton Simon; Cinema Speakeasy is encouraging alcohol-induced tweeting at a screening of Pixelschatten; a pop-up art show with Curtis Kulig; Dan St. Germain comedy and a Downton Abbey improvised dramedy. Read on for all the details.

The Natural History Museum celebrates First Fridays beginning at 5:30 pm with a night filled with music and science. Up first is the 
"Tools of the Trade" tour with Dr. Brian Brown, Entomology Curator, followed by the discussion,"Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex" with author Mary Roach.

 Live performances in the Concert Hall by Gaslamp Killer and Adventure Time with DJ Soda Pop and Inka One with violinist Paul Dateh (we love him!) in the DJ Lounge. Concert tickets are sold out online, but a limited number remain available at the door. Tickets: $12-$18 (adult admission with and without concert).

It’s an open house and Van Gogh Night at the Norton Simon Museum tonight with three talks scheduled from 6:30-8:30 pm. Chief Curator Carol Togneri kicks off the evening with an introduction to Van Gogh’s works in the Norton Simon collections and the loan from the National Gallery of Art, followed by a brief art history lesson from Manet to Van Gogh, and ends with a discussion on Van Gogh’s influence on 20th century art. Also at the open house are art-making activities for artists of all ages. Admission to the museum and all programs tonight are free.

Speaking of free, The Silver Lake Chorus is holding afree concert at Occidental College tonight at 8:30 pm (in the Herrick Chapel). It’s a paired-down concert is sure to feature tracks from their Wreckage EP, maybe even the originals written from them by Bon Iver and the New Portnographers. They’re also debuting two new songs given to them by Moby and The Flaming Lips. Opening act is Oxy's own Peaceful Antelopus.

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Legendary Joy Division bassist Peter Hook stops by Skylight Books tonight at 7:30 pm to read/sign his book Unknown Pleasures. He’ll be in discussion with music writer Simon Reynolds to talk about the book—the story of Joy Division. He still DJs internationally and tours with his new band, The Light, playing Joy Division’s music. We suggest that you get to Skylight early (now’s a good time!) because it’s going to be packed, and read the rules if you want anything signed. FILM
Cinema Speakeasy, The Film Talk and the Echo Park Film Center team up tonight for a boozy-social media-filled screening of Pixelschatten tonight. The German film focuses on Pixel (Ben Gageik), 22-year-old small-town blogger, whose site Pixelschatten used to be popular. (He’s the king of TMI.) But everyone else is growing up and moving on, so he changes everyone’s lives with one post. Screening at 8:30 pm at EPFC. Tickets: $5. BYOB.

In the mood for some laughs? Dan St. Germain (a regular on VH1’s Best Week Ever) is headlining the Improv Hollywood tonight. Catch him before his Comedy Central standup special coming out later this spring. Doors at 7:30 pm and show at 8 pm. Tickets: $18.

Tonight from 7-10 pm, Space 15 Twenty, Urban Outfitters and Vans presents House of Hearts: A "LOVE ME" Pop-Up and Polaroid Show curated by Curtis Kulig. Kulig’s the guy behind the “love me” signature / symbol that’s popped up on streets and rooftops in LA, NYC, Paris and beyond. He’s got a line launching with Urban Outfitters, so tonight’s party is a perfect pairing. There are special live performance by Sky Ferreria and DJ set by Aska (ESP), too. RSVP:

Brits are all the rage on film and TV, so the people behind Mannerhouse Manner are striking while the iron's hot. The show at ComedySportz is a fully improvised Edwardian comedy/melodrama in the style of Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs, taking place on an English country estate in the early 20th century, focusing on the family and their servants. Each weekly episode—on Friday nights at 10:30 pm—is completely unscripted, so you’ll never know what’s going to happen. Tonight’s show features Superego's Matt Gourley as Lord Jellaby Noakes. Tickets: $10.

*Pencil pick of the day

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