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Pencil This In: Michael Ondaatje, Bryan Ferry, Bird Lovers and Rebel Bingo

Opening this weekend: Photographer Sam Comen’s first solo exhibition, '28 at 28,' premieres with an installation of more than 100 works at Culver City’s NextSpace.
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Art exhibits, book talks and a little rebel bingo are on tonight's agenda: Michael Ondaatje at the Skirball; the art of Bryan Ferry in a solo show; celebrating the Audubon Society at G2 and Rebel Bingo in Hollywood. Read on for all the details.

The Skirball Center hosts novelist and poet Michael Ondaatje tonight at 8 pm. Best known for his novel The English Patient, Ondaatje discusses his latest novel The Cat’s Table, chronicling an “11-year-old boy’s sea voyage to England in 1950, which begins a lifelong journey of another sort.” There’s a Q&A and book signing follow the program. It’s a free program, but advance tickets are recommended on site at the Skirball, online or by phone at (877) SCC-4TIX or (877) 722-4849.

Bird Lovers James Currie (from TV’s Birding Adventures) and author Renee Thompson (The Plume Hunter) head to the G2 Gallery in Venice for the Second Annual Not Your Grandmother’s Audubon. 6:30-9 pm. A $10 donation at the door includes food catered by The Veggie Grill, wine tastings and more. RSVP to

The Michael Kohn Gallery presents a solo show Olympia by artist and musician Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music. Ferry was originally taught by the legendary British pop artist Richard Hamilton and has incorporated his interest in visual art into his music. The opening reception is tonight from 6-8 pm, and the exhibition continues through Nov. 5.

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Author Bonnie Nadzam reads from and signs her debut novel Lamb at Skylight Books tonight at 7:30 pm. The psychological thriller focuses on the unlikely friendship between David Lamb, a narcissistic middle aged man, and Tommie, the lonely 11-year old girl who Lamb decides to “save” by taking her on a road trip through the American West.

The Underground Rebel Bingo Club is a covert organization that gathers in secret to play “hardcore Rebel Bingo, win stuff, draw on each other, and listen to music that is too loud.” The organizers say, “If you don't like loud music, dancing and shouting, don't come.” Don’t dress in anything too fancy and no plain white t-shirts. No cameras either. Sheesh. These bingo-ers sound serious. Tonight’s game is somewhere in Hollywood. Tickets: $10. More info on theRebel Bingo site.

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