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Pencil This In: Art + Music = Poketo, Cocktails @ the Tam o'Shanter

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The Art Deco Society kicks it old school tonight @ the Tam for cocktails. / Photo by Never Cool in School via LAist's flickr pool.

The Art Deco Society kicks it old school tonight @ the Tam for cocktails. / Photo by Never Cool in School via LAist's flickr pool.

Downtown LA’s Poketo Studio is hosting an evening of art and music in the show “Bang! Bang! Draw!” tonight at 7 pm. Her Space Holiday will kick the night off with a live performance followed by a moderated Q&A session with the pop outfit and Tokyo-based illustrator-designer Heisuke "PCP" Kitazawa. The official art show and party follows right after until 10 pm. Admission is free and desserts and drinks will be provided. PHOTOGRAPHY
In conjunction with MOPLA (Month of Photography LA), the Lucie Foundation is producing a Fresh ArtFair this weekend. Kicking off tonight with a VIP preview party, the fair allows photographers to showcase and sell their work directly to the public and collectors. The weekend promises to show contemporary trends in photography. The preview party begins at 6 pm tonight at Pier 59 Studios West in Santa Monica. Tickets are $25 at the door, and the proceeds will benefit Focus on AIDS. If you can’t make it tonight, the photography fair will be running through the weekend.

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Art by PCP / Courtesy of the artist and Poketo
The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles is holding their monthly “Cocktails in Historic Places” tonight at 6 pm at the Scottish-cottage themed Tam O’Shanter. According to the Art Deco folks, “Back in 1922, when the Tam opened, you could crank up your Hupmobile, lurch up a dirt road, and arrive at the Tam, which was billed as an ‘old-world-style inn.’ Popular from the start, Tom Mix, Fatty Arbuckle, Mary Pickford, and Walt Disney had lunch here so often, some referred to it as the Hyperion studio commissary.” DESIGN
Sci-Arc is hosting an All School Exhibition/open house/reception tonight from 7-9 pm. Check out the design studio work from students in the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs as well work from the visual studies and applied studies programs. The works will be installed throughout the school and be on view for the public until May 17. Stop by to see designs of the future -- or not.

If you’re looking for something to do for the whole family, then head to the SCV this weekend for the Cowboy Festival, which started earlier this week and runs through Sunday. Now in its 16th year, the festival offers music, poetry, food and cowboy gear to guests at Melody Ranch. Tonight, however, there are a few special events associated with the festival, including an evening of music at the William S. Hart Mansion ($80) or Melody Ranch Movie Night ($55). Actor Joel McCrea will be inducted to the Walk of Western Stars.

There are a lot of film events and festivals around this weekend, so be sure to check out LAist's film calendar. And don't forget that the LAT's Festival of Books starts tomorrow, too.

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