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Pencil This In: Royal Teeth and The Colourist at The Troub; Kristina Wong at The Tuesday Night Project; and 'Only in LA' Stories

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Here’s the short list of what’s happening in LA tonight: The Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles presents a free screening of the opera La Boheme; a new exhibition of works by photographer Jerry Hsu opens; a variety (music and comedy); The Moth storytellers take to the stage; and live music by Royal Teeth and The Colourist. Read on for all the details.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Family on Fairfax holds an opening reception tonight from 7-9 pm for the exhibtion, The Observable Universe, a series of new photographic works by Jerry Hsu. While the artist usually takes street photos of portraits, his new series is still documentary in approach, yet devoid of people. From Family, “Observable Universe is premeditated - Hsu seeking out curious, unpopulated scenes, purposefully composing his images. They are weird and forensic-looking: a giant blood stain on an abandoned mattress, a mangled jungle gym, a melting ice sculpture by the side of the road. Hsu is confused by what is there, the image bolstering that mystery, rather than solving it.” The exhibition will be on view through Aug. 1.

VARIETY
Tonight at 7:30 pm, the Tuesday Night Project presents the next installment of the Tuesday Night Cafe—one of the longest running free art series in DTLA—at the Aratani Courtyard/Union Center for the Arts. The series is dedicated to highighting the work of visual and performing artists from the LA and Asian American community, and tonight’s show focuses on all things quirky. One of our favorite comedic performance artists Kristina Wong is in the lineup tonight, so that in itself should be a reason to go. She is hilarious. Free.

STORYTELLING
Tonight, The Moth partners with KCRW’s Which Way, LA, for an evening of five-minute stories around the theme of Only in LA at Zanzibar. Got a tale to tell about a celeb sighting gone wrong (or right)? A traffic story? A missed connection at The Grove? Well, throw your hat into the ring or just come and listen. Even KCRW Warren Olney has an only in LA story and will tell it to the audience tonight, sans notes. Doors at 7 pm and stories begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets at the door only: $8. Zanzibar is a 21+ venue.

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OPERA ON FILM
The Italian Cultural Center of Los Angeles presents a series of Puccini opera screenings from the 2011 edition of Torre del Lago Festival, which takes place every summer in Italy. Screening tonight is La Bohème, introduced by Ignazio Terrasi of the LA Opera. Set in Paris in 1830, the opera follows the lives of a group of young bohemian arists. 6:30 pm. Free, but reservations required: rsvp.iicla@esteri.it.

MUSIC*
Here’s our music pick for tonight. The Troubadour hosts a solid bill with SoCal’s The Colorourist opening for Royal Teeth from Lousiana. Both bands are creating cool pop tunes, which are better heard than described. Doors at 8 pm with The Colourist at 9 pm and Royal Teeth at 10 pm. Tickets: $14

ART TALK
Tonight at 6 pm, the A+D Museum presents an inConversation on Los Angeles Boulevards with authors Doug Suisman and David Kipen. They’ll discuss issues of architecture, urban design and the built environment and LA’s identity through its streets and boulevards. Admission: $15; $7 students w/ valid ID, free for A+D members.

*Pencil this in pick of the day

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