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Pencil This In: Film Noir Festival, Lebowski Fest and First Fridays on Abbot Kinney

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Scott Hove's art exhibit opens tonight at La Luz de Jesus.

Scott Hove's art exhibit opens tonight at La Luz de Jesus.
Tonight marks the start ofLust & Larceny: The 12th Annual Festival of Film Noir at the Egyptian. The festival brings 12 nights of films on murder, deception, crime and revenge and most of these titles aren’t available on DVD. Tonight’s features include Cry Danger (1951) at 7:30 pm, directed by Robert Parrish, and features views of Downtown LA. The second film on the bill is Tight Spot (1955) with Ginger Rogers and Edward G. Robinson.

La Luz de Jesus Gallery holds an opening reception for "Iced Out," an exhibit by Scott Hove that features fake cakes made out of carvable polyurethane foam and plywood. The show is a “celebration of the artificial, acknowledging our tendency to embrace illusion in order to feel safe and receive emotional gratification. The fake cake sculptures, with their display of beauty and potential for satisfaction, lure the viewer into a sense of anticipation.” The reception runs from 8-11 pm and the exhibit is open through April 25.

Natural History Museum: First Fridays welcomes the bands Breakestra and Fitz & the Tantrums who'll be performing In the diorama halls tonight (8:30-10:30 pm). Turntables are being handled tonight by Resident DJ Them Jeans (a.k.a. Jason Stewart) and headliner Cosmic Kids (5:30-10:30 pm). And don't forget about the learning, too. At 5:30 pm, there's a tour on Living On The Edge: Coping With Earthquakes In California. At 6:30 pm, there's a discussion on “Living in the Plate Boundary: Our Torn, Twisted (and Shaky) Landscapes” with Dr. Tanya Atwater. NOTE: there's different pricing for First Fridays: $15 for concert and museum admission; $9 for museum access only (no entrance to the concert hall, but performances are projected on big screens in other halls). Parking is $10.

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Mighty Healthy, a men’s street wear brand based in NYC, opens a popup shop tonight through April 30 at Hall of Fame on Fairfax.

Gallery 1988 is holding an opening reception tonight for Living Between Worlds, featuring the artwork of Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters from 6-10 pm tonight.

SCOTCHMorton’s in Burbank is holding a scotch tasting tonight that features four of The Glenlivet’s single malts (12, 15, 16 and years). The whiskies will be paired with selections from Morton's hors d'oeuvres menu. The tasting runs from 6-7:30 pm at a price of $49 per person (including tax and gratuity). If you can’t make it to Burbank tonight, there’s another tasting at Morton’s Woodland Hills on April 8.

Calling all achievers: The two-day Lebowski Fest hits LA tonight and tomorrow with an evening of live music and a screening of The Big Lebowski at the Wiltern (tonight). The festivities begin at 9 pm and the screening begins at 10 pm. Tickets are $19.99. Tomorrow, there’s a night of unlimited bowling at Cal Bowl with costume and trivia contests. ($25 adv/$30 day of).

It's a beautifulFirst Friday afternoon on Abbot Kinney. The restaurants, shops and galleries along the boulevard are celebrating, too. Starting around 6ish, check out galleries like G2 for the opening of Nature LA: Angela Hanka or music at the Altered Space. How about a letterpress to make your own ornaments at Urbanic Paper Boutique? And food trucks will be roaming, too.

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