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Pencil This In: Lou Reed Speaks in Long Beach, Pauline Kael Biographer at Book Soup and Another Cirque in Town

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TGIF! We found a few events around town that piqued our interest, and might tempt you as well. There's an exhibition on Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe, and an event with Reed himself at CSULB; Pauline Kael's biographer speaks, and there's yet another Cirque in town. Read on for all the details.

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Suzanne Lacy, 'Three Weeks in May,' 1977, panel, map of Los Angeles, RAPE stamps in red. (Collection of the artist, photo by Grant Mudford; courtesy of the artist)
ART*
CSULB opens the exhibition Lou Reed—Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe tonight with a reception from 6-8 pm in the University Art Museum. RCA Records originally released Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music as a double album in 1975. It was a radical departure from previous Reed recordings—most notably because it had no songs, but more minimalist and avant-garde compositions. Metal Machine Trio is a 2009 live performance with John Zorn at the Blender Theatre in New York that used special sound techniques. The museum holds the world premiere audio installation of Metal Machine Trio as an "ambisonic 3-D re-creation." Free. Complimentary parking available in Lot 3 and 17 during the reception. The installation is up through April 15.

TALK
In a related Metal Machine Trio event, Lou Reed is in conversation with producer Bob Ezrin at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center on the CSULB campus. Tickets: $45.

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PERFORMANCE
There’s another Cirque in town this weekend: Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour makes a stop at the Staples Center. It’s being described as a “fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael's creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down, unfolds Michael Jackson's artistry before the eyes of the audience.” Jackson’s music and lyrics are the force behind the show. Tickets: $50-$175.

NATURE
The two-hour program A Sky Full of Planets takes place at Upper Las Virgenes Canyon tonight at 6:30 pm. January is a great month to see the planets, even with the naked eye, with especially darker skies and the new moon. Join a local astronomer and naturalist Pat for the program. It’s a moderate ½-mile hike to the viewing platform. Meet at the Victory Boulevard entrance trailhead. No dogs allowed on the program, and don’t forget the $3 for parking.

BOOKS
Even 10 years after her death, New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael remains a pivotal figure in film criticism. Author Brian Kellow gives us a richly detailed look into her life in this biography. During her tenure at the New Yorker, she made and broke careers in Hollywood with her powerful pen. Kellow reads and signs Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark at Book Soup tonight at 7 pm.

THEATER
Artist Suzanne Lacy has partnered with LA student and arts groups, political organizations and civic institutions for a new work of public art, Three Weeks in January: End Rape in Los Angeles. She re-created aspects of an original 1977 artwork titled Three Weeks in May, with the new project focusing on where LA is 40 years into the anti-rape movement—and how we can end violence against women. Two events today: Storying Rape: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation at the Top of City Hall, from 3-5 pm is being broadcast on Twitter @3WeeksInJan; and tonight at 7 pm, there's a candle-lighting ceremony in LAPD’s Deaton Auditorium.

*Pencil pick of the day

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