Pencil this In: Thursday
Sterling Ruby's show opens at the Pacific Design Center tonight. / Photo by S:U:P:E:R:M:O:D via LAist’s flickr pool.
Mr. Brainwash (aka MBW) is an “eccentric French filmmaker” whose first exhibit “Life is Beautiful” is showing at the old CBS studios. The show will feature more than 300 paintings, sculptures and prints alongside an installation made from 100,000 shoes and a life-size re-creation of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks.
Until 9 pm // Old CBS Studios // 6121 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles // Free.
MOCA Focus: Sterling Ruby, SUPERMAX 2008 is part of MOCA’s series of one-person exhibitions of work by emerging artists in Southern California. Ruby’s works in collage, ceramics, video, and sculpture “tackle received notions of aesthetic tropes and social stereotypes that are based on visual signs.” But don’t head to MOCA Downtown for this exhibit – it’s presented at MOCA Pacific Design Center, where the works were intentionally designed for the space. The public reception’s tonight.
5 pm // MOCA Pacific Design Center // 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood // Free.
Learn a little something from guest speakers while noshing on appetizers and drinking beer. Mindshare -- a monthly meeting of diverse minds -- takes place tonight with confirmed speakers: Genya Frankel, a bio-physicist from CalTech on Benjamin Franklin Stilled the Waves; Gully Burns a USC neuroinformatics research on Ars Veritatis: The Art of Truth; Anna Agapiou a designer from The Groop on Branding the Live Earth global concert series; and Satine Phoenix fetish model, adult film star on Sex: Video vs. Reality. Also tonight is a special appearance by the Android Cartel of Proton Radio.
8 pm // Top Loft at the Brewery // 676 S. Avenue 21, #400, Los Angeles // $25.
Come down and raise funds for the Tiziano Project, a nonprofit working to help foster online citizen journalism and multimedia projects in areas that mainstream media often neglects. The organization's currently focusing on Rwanda and the Congo and wants to go into Iraq next. There's an open bar and DJ tonight.
8pm // The Hive Art Gallery // 729 S. Spring St., Los Angeles // Suggested donation at door.
The Last Seder focuses on the sacred meal from the Price family: the Alzheimer's ridden patriarch, his wife, their four daughters and partners. Like most American families, they've got issues. But at this Seder, "a miracle will occur: something beautiful and wonderful that will touch the lives and hearts of all present." Previews tonight and runs until July 27. (There's brief nudity in this play, fyi.)
8 pm // Greenway Court Theatre // 544 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles // .
The production team from a new game show Trivial Pursuit: America Plays is searching for contestants to submit their trivia questions on camera and have a chance to appear on TV and win cash money. Tonight, the team scours the IE's Galleria at Tyler for participants.
Until 7 pm // Galleria at Tyler // 1299 Galleria at Tyler, Riverside // Free
Will Obama's or McCain's health care solutions actually fix the system? That's the question asked of panelists Fabian Núñez, member and speaker emeritus, California State Assembly (via videoconference from Sacramento), Neal Halfon, M.D., director, UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities; and Ezra Klein, associate editor, The American Prospect, at The California Endowment's Center for Healthy Communities. Matt Miller of KCRW moderates "The American Prospect: What Path to Universal Health Care? A reception precedes the program at 5:30.
7 pm // Center for Healthy Communities @ The California Endowment // 1000 N. Alameda Ave., Los Angeles // Free with RSVP.
*Pencil pick of the day