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Pencil This In: Shopping Benefit for Japan at Tortoise, Art Openings at James Gray Gallery and College Music Fêtes

Opening tomorrow at Corey Helford Gallery: 'Blurring the Lines' with new works by graffiti artists Crash, Freedom and Risk. (Image by Freedom.)
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Tortoise on Abbot Kinney hosts an OK pop-up shop to benefit Japan relief. OK—the Eastside design/lifestyle shop—presents its artists and vendors who’ve donated goods for this fundraiser. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to KAP (Kesen'numa Aid Project), a nonprofit organization providing direct aid to the school district in Kesen'numa, Miyagi prefecture. The opening event at Tortoise takes place tonight from 5-9 pm. Continues through May 8.

Tonight, the James Gray Gallery @ Bergamot Station hosts a reception from 6-9 pm for several shows. There’s a Group Show in the Main Gallery and solo shows from Jacek Lazuka, John Maxwell, Zoe Anne Fischer & Susan Volpe and Kathy Wooden. The artwork will be up through May 29.

The SoCal chapter of the Mystery Writers of America holds its LAT pre-Festival of Books party at Skylight Books tonight beginning at 6 pm. At 6, Stuart Woods signs Bel-Air Dead: A Stone Barrington Mystery; at 7 pm, Brett Battles signs The Silenced: A Jonathan Quinn Thriller; and at 8 pm, Marcia Clark signs Guilt by Association, her debut legal thriller introducing D.A. Rachel Knight. Light refreshments will be served. 

Two local colleges are hosting free music parties tonight. UCLA holds a Duke Ellington Birthday Celebration tonight at 7 pm at the Fowler Museum. Held in conjunction with the museum's current jazz exhibit, student jazz combos celebrate the Ellington’s birthday centennial, followed by cake. CalArts in Awesometown launches its World Music Festival tonight at 7 pm with African drumming and dance. The series continues over the next two weekends with North Indian classical music, Balinese and more.

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