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Pencil This In: Zen Garage Opens at JANM, Screwball Comedies at the Aero and Kalman at the Skirball

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Maira Kalman exhibit at the Skirball runs through Feb. 13.


Maira Kalman exhibit at the Skirball runs through Feb. 13.
ZEN GARAGE*
There’s an opening tonight for Zen Garage, a concept display that’s part of the Salon Pop series developed by Giant Robot and the Japanese American National Museum. The display features three works that illustrate “various facets of contemporary aesthetics, lifestyles, and cultural backgrounds.” The Super Famicom Car features a retro videogame in a converted Scion xB; David Choe’s Custom Monster features the graphic artist’s street style on a Scion xB; and Shinya Kimura’s Spike is both a motorcycle and a work of art. The opening is from 5-9 pm tonight and the show runs through Feb. 13. FILM 
The Aero Theatre screens a double feature of screwball comedies from the 1930s beginning at 7:30 pm with It’s a Wonderful World (1939) with Jimmy Stewart as a detective with a heart of gold in this crime comedy. Claudette Colbert stars as his love interest. The film’s followed by The Mad Miss Manton (1938) with Barbara Stanwyck as a heroine who discovers a dead body, but the police don’t believe her when the body disappears. With Henry Fonda and Sam Levene.

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It's not too late to check out Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World) on view at the Skirball through Feb. 13. It’s the first major museum survey of Kalman’s work as illustrator, designer and author. Her imagery has graced many a New Yorker covers and numerous books for both children and adults. The Skirball has assembled works on paper, photographs, textiles and an installation of objects from her own collections. Open today until 5 pm. The Skirball has free admission on Thursdays.

*Pencil pick of the day

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