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Pencil This In: Poetry at the Hammer, Rebecca Skloot Reading and Uh Huh Her

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Michael Knight's Juarez 2011 is part of an exhibition that opens today at TAG Gallery. (Image: Courtesy of the Gallery)
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After a night of debauchery, there are a number of more cerebral events around town tonight in LA: poetry at the Hammer, a new art exhibition at TAG Gallery, author Rebecca Skloot on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and Uh Huh Her hit the stage at the HOB. Read on for all the details.

LIT*
UCLA Live welcomes author Rebecca Skloot to Royce Hall for a reading and lecture on her first book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Cells from Lacks—a poor Southern tobacco farmer—were taken from her secretly and became the first “immortal” human cells to be cultured, assisting with curing polio, gene mapping and cancer treatment. The book has started national dialogue on bioethics. There will be a post show signing in the Royce West Lobby. Tonight at 8 pm. Tickets from $20. (FREE for the UCLA community.)

ART
A new exhibition The Lives We Could Have Led opens at TAG Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica today, running through Nov. 26. Featured shows and artists include Wildest Dreams by Cheryl Medow; As the Crow Flies by Michael Knight; and Reflections of Hawaii by Carol Kleinman. The gallery is open from 11 am-5 pm from Tuesday-Saturday. The opening reception is Nov. 5 from 5-8 pm.

POETRY
The Hammer Museum presents the program Constant Elevation: The L.A. Black Arts Movement through Spoken Word tonight at 7 pm. The evening will feature renowned poets Jayne Cortez and Kamau Daaood and emerging L.A. poets Thea Monyee and Javon Johnson. Hosted by Shihan Van Clief, the program is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980. Free. Seating on a first come, first served basis. Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6 pm.

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MUSIC
The electro-pop band Uh Huh Her—better known as the duo (Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey) who got tossed off a Southwest flight for kissing—hit the House of Blues-Sunset to promote their latest album Nocturnes. Uh Huh Her is in the midst of their Keep A Breast music tour which supports breast cancer prevention and awareness. Show at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $22.50. 18+.

*Pencil pick of the day

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