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Pencil This In: Dance Performance at a Krispy Kreme, a 'Ktchn' Installation, NHM First Fridays and Pop Art at La Luz de Jesus

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'Doris Day Las Muertas' by Vicki Berndt is on view at La Luz de Jesus tonight. (Image: Courtesy of the artist and galery.
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TGIF! Here’s what’s happening today in LA. We found a couple of varied performances tonight, including Ktchn, an art-dance-performance-installation, Heidi Duckler Theatre’s dance performance at a Krispy Kreme and a horror-comedy variety show. There’s also art openings at La Luz de Jesus and First Fridays at the Natural History Museum. Read on for all the details.

PERFORMANCE
Ryan Heffington and Nolan Hendrickson presents the world premiere of the art-dance-performance-installation work Ktchn tonight at 8 pm at Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake. The show features choreography by Heffington, larger-than-life sets by Nolan Hendrickson and Adrian Gilliland, and Mindy LeBrock's couture costumes inspired by Hendrickson's paintings. Tonight’s event is limited to 100 guests and includes an open bar, catering by pizzanista and a DJ dance party after the performance with the artists and dancers. If tonight’s ticket price of $100 is too steep, Ktchn also runs tomorrow, May 10-12, and 17-19 with general tickets at $35.

DANCING WITH DONUTS
The Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre is known for its site-specific dance works. Tonight, it presents the program At the Oasis at South LA’s Krispy Kreme with shows at 8:30 or 9:30 pm tonight. The dance work features choreography built in and around a 1961 vintage Oasis trailer. If you can’t make it to South LA tonight, the piece will also be performed in Culver City tomorrow. Tickets: $15, $10 for Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Members, students and seniors.

FIRST FRIDAYS
It’s that time of the month when music and science mash up at the Natural History Museum. NHM’s First Fridays begins with tours at 5 pm, 5:30 or 6 pm with NHM's Vice President of Research and Collections Dr. Luis Chiappe. At 6:30 pm, Dr. Sean B. Carroll leads a discussion on "Fossil Genes: Surprising Clues in the DNA Record of Evolution." 
Live performances by Helado Negro (8 pm) and Javelin (9:15 pm). Anthony Valadez with DJ Matthewdavid spin all night long in the DJ lounge. Adult museum admission (includes tours, discussions): $12, $18 with concert.

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ART*
La Luz de Jesus gallery holds a reception tonight from 8-11 pm for three opening shows. Mark Gleason’s Darklands features oil paintings that reflect his “preoccupation with the human/animal relationship, outsider figures, and the private places.” Dave Dexter’s Round Eye and the Switch gets political and Vicki Berndt worships her idols in Idle Worship. The shows run through June. 2.

VARIETY
Hemophelia’s House of Horrors is a horror-themed comedy/variety show that opens at The Lex Theatre tonight at 10:30 pm. Hosted by the ghoulish Hemophelia with seven troupe members, the show explores tales of the macabre through original songs, weird puppets and more. The show’s conceived and directed by Dan Spurgeon, with sketches and songs written by Matt DeNoto and puppets by Jana Wimer. If you can’t make it tonight, the show continues on Friday and Saturday nights at 10:30 pm through June 8. Tickets: $15 for all performances.

MUSEUM MADNESS
Do you belong to a museum in town? If so, this is you’re weekend. A number of institutions are celebrating “member appreciation days,” so if you show your membership card to a reciprocating museum, you’ll get free admission and more. Museums included: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Craft & Folk Art Museum, Heritage Square Museum, Japanese American National Museum, The Library Store at Central Library, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum of Latin American Art, Orange County Museum of Art, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena Museum of History, The San Diego Museum of Art and the Skirball Cultural Center.

*Pencil pick of the day

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