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Pencil This In: Slake at Skylight, Robot Dancers at Sci-Arc, DJ Art at MoCA and More

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The events we picked for Pencil today run the gamut of the fun spectrum. We've included a lecture on Merce Cunningham's merging of movement and technology, with a robotic demonstration; beer and slider deals at Westwood Live, a public hearing on a mega merger, and turntable art at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary.

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Jesse Graves’ red lego turntable piece at a pop-up gallery at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary.
ROBOT DANCE*
SCI-ARC presents the lecture Merce Cunningham: Choreography and Collaborative Technology. Holley Farmer, principal dancer at NY-based Merce Cunningham Dance Company discusses the intersection of movement, space and technology. Farmer will discuss Cunningham's choreographic techniques, chance operations, and collaborations with technology. After the lecture there will be a robotic movement demonstration in the SCI-Arc Robot House lab. At the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall, SCI-Arc, at 7-9 pm.

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FOOD
It’s that time of the month: the Westwood LIVE monthly block party. One of the restaurants having specials is Napa Valley Grille’s summer BBQ-inspired $5 Beef Short Rib Slider Duo and Pabst Blue Ribbon special. The restaurant will also offer free wine tastings, a DJ on the outdoor patio. Other specials include a $5 Short Rib Tostada and $4 Chipotle Turkey Meatballs and cocktail, wine and beer specials for $4-8 each.

READING
Slake writers take over Skylight Books tonight at 7:30 pm. Contributors/readers from the upcoming Issue 3,War and Peace include James Greer, John Waldman, Paul Sbrizzi, Ernest Hardy, Owen Wiseman, Hillel Aron and Lucy Engelman

ART
Today the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA LA hosts a free pop-up art gallery dedicated to urban art and music. DJs and artists such as The Crystal Method, Tommy Lee (of Tommy Lee & DJ Aero duo), Steve Aoki and Linkin’ Park’s Joe Hahn used Pioneer’s CDJ-2000 digital music player as their blank canvases. The gallery is open until 6:30 pm with hands-on demonstrations and turntable lessons throughout the day.
 
MUSIC
The Hammer Museum’s Also I Like to Rock series continues tonight at 7 pm with
Los Angeles-based Grouplove and Milo Greene with KCRW DJ Eric J. Lawrence.

POLICY HEARING
AT&T is on a mission to take over T-Mobile and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has opened a proceeding on the mega-merger. There’s a public hearing on the proposed deal from 4-5 pm in Culver City’s Four Points by Sheraton, Marina B. If it goes through, AT&T and Verizon duopoly would control nearly 80 percent of the wireless market.

*Pencil pick of the day

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