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Pencil This In: New Art at TAG Gallery, Cat Power Signing, Book Explores Bunker Hill's Mean Streets

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Tonight at 7 pm, author Jim Dawson discusses and signs his book Los Angeles' Bunker Hill: Pulp Fiction's Mean Streets and Film Noir's Ground Zero. The Bunker Hill neighborhood was a popular location—filled with flophouses, dark alleys, dive bars and mean streets—for directors to shoot gritty post WWII crime thrillers. Using nearly 80 photos, writer Dawson explores L.A. history as well as the power-elite who ran the city.

Tonight at 6 pm, Chan Marshall, better known as Cat Power, celebrates the release of her new album, Sun, with a signing at Amoeba. It’s her first studio album in six years, moving away from the singer-songwriter sound, adding more synths and drums. The first 100 people to buy the album at Ameoba can get it signed. No other items will be signed and no photos.

LACMA presents Michael Heizer: Actual Size Walkthrough with Thorsten Becker tonight at 7 pm. Becker, a geophysicist, an associate professor of earth sciences at USC and senior editor of Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, leads a gallery talk through the Heizer’s Actual Size exhibit, providing information about the rock formations in the artist’s photographs. At BCAM. Free, no reservations.

TAG Gallery opens opens a new show of work by featured artists Carol Kleinman, Gary Polonsky and Darlyn Susan Yee. Kleinman’s photography captures reflections, documenting single moments in time. She prints her images on canvas rather than paper, blurring the line between photography and painting. Darlyn Susan Yee explores traditional roles of family, gender and consumerism through fashion and attire in Re: Fashion. Gary Polonsky presents new work in the Food Series in which he explores large-scale still life painting, using American sweets and candies as his subjects. The opening reception on Sept. 15, and conversation with the artists on Sept. 22. The show remains up through Sept. 29.

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