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Pencil This In: Art Openings, Patricia Cornwell at the Grove and a Library Store Pop-up Shop

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Solo exhibition by Quim Tarrida opens at T.A.G. Toy Art Gallery tonight. (Photo: Tarrida's Subsub Family Black, ceramic, courtesy of the gallery)
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TGIF. Here's what's going on around town: A number of art openings, including ones at Kana Manglapus and T.A.G. Toy Art Gallery; a book signing with Patricia Cornwell; a Library Foundation’s Library Store pop-up shop in Encino; and a midnight screening of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Read on for all the details.

PHOTOGRAPHY
The first Milk Gallery Underground Los Angeles exhibition opens tonight at Kana Manglapus in Venice with a reception from 6-9 pm. The show features work from 60 photographers, including Awol Erikzu, Spencer Wohlrab and Don Brodie, and seven new LA-based photographers. The exhibition continues through Dec. 20.

BOOKS
Bestselling author Patricia Cornwell, master of the modern-day forensic thriller, will appear at Barnes & Noble tonight at 7 pm. She’ll discuss her latest book Red Mist, which features heroine Dr. Kay Scarpetta—the best known medical examiner since Quincy.

SHOP
The Library Foundation’s Library Store in the Central Library will open up two pop-up locations at other libraries just in time for the holidays. The Encino/Tarzana Branch Library Pop-up Shop will be open until 5:30 pm tonight. The store offers a curated selection of eclectic gifts that will be gift-wrapped free of charge. Purchases support the Los Angeles Public Library.

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LEARN
Royal/T hosts a pop-up shop for Rune Boutique tonight from 8-11 pm. There’ll be rare, limited-edition products by Medicom Toy for Rune Boutique. Come celebrate the intersection of Japanese art, fashion and music worlds.

FILM
Tonight at midnight, the Landmark Regent Theatre screens the 1964 digitally restored holiday “classic”: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. It seems that the Martians have no one to give their kids Christmas presents, so they come to earth to kidnap Santa. But the earth kids want Santa back...Screens Saturday at midnight as well.

ART
Tonight T.A.G. Toy Art Gallery opens Quim Tarrida’s first U.S. solo exhibition If You Blink, You’ll Miss It with an opening reception from 7-11 pm. The title refers to “subliminal images inserted in some sequences, and which are imperceptible to the naked eye.” The show runs through Dec. 30.

*Pencil pick of the day

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