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Pencil This In: Japanese Pop Art, Raymond Pettibon and LA Noir

Celebrate Japanese pop art by artists like Naoshi in Little Tokyo tonight. (Image: Q Pop Shop)
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The end of the week has finally arrived, and we found a few events that piqued our interest tonight. La Luz de Jesus gallery opens the second part of its 25th anniversary show; Regen Projects presents an exhibition of new works by Raymond Pettibon; Japanese pop art comes alive in Little Tokyo; a night of noir with Beyond Baroque and AFI Fest continues. Read on for all the details.

La Luz de Jesus 25 Part Two opens with a reception tonight from 7-11 pm. The gallery continues its 25th anniversary celebration with the second half of its massive exhibition that features more than 120 artists including Shawn Barber, Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Al Farrow, Chris Mars, Elizabeth McGrath, Jason Mecier, Mark Mothersbaugh, Marion Peck, The Pizz, Mark Ryden, Shag, Peter Shire, Joe Sorren, Mark Todd and Eric White. If you can’t make it tonight, there’s another gallery reception tomorrow at the same time. Free.

Regen Projects presents an exhibition of new works by LA artist Raymond Pettibon with an opening reception tonight from 6-8 pm. Desire in Pursuyt of the Whole—a reference to Baron Corvo's novel—explores the landscape of war, politics, popular culture, art, literature, sports, religion and sexuality. The show runs through Dec. 22.

Like Japanese pop art? Then head to Little Tokyo tonight to celebrate the Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Kamen Rider and the 35th Anniversary of the Super Sentai series (Power Rangers). Presented by Q Pop Shop and the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, there will be more than 120 local and international artists pay tribute to these pop culture icons. There’s an opening reception tonight from 7-10 pm at both locations.

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Tonight at 7:30 pm, Beyond Baroque presents Night in the City - L.A. Noir in Poetry, Fiction and Film:Sundrenched Dark: Raymond Chandler and his Los Angeles Legacy.Moderated by Richard Modiano, guests include Judith Freeman, Gary Phillips and Dick Lochte. They’ll be holding readings and discussions about the impact of noir on art, film, literature and music. Admission: $5 for members/ $10 for non-members. Following the program, there’s a second program at 9 pm: After Dark - A Night with James Ellroy. Tickets to this event are $5 members and students, general admission $15. Note: Attendees of the 7:30 pm discussion get first seating in the Ellroy event.

AFI Fest continues its week-long film festival tonight. A number of international and national films are on the schedule, but the Young Hollywood Roundtable tonight sounds like a scene-stealer. On the panel are Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia), Armie Hammer (J. Edgar), Evan Rachel Wood (The Ides of March) and Anton Yelchin (Like Crazy) who’ll talk with LA Times' Amy Kaufman on life in the industry and being thrust into awards competition. At the Mann Chinese 6 at 6:45 pm.

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