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Cleve Gray: The Connecticut Paintings
Diane Rosenstein Fine Art (Beverly Hills)
Opening reception for an exhibition by painter Cleve Gray. The Connecticut Paintings includes 15 works from 1963, the year that marked Gray’s venture into color-based gestural expressionism. This is the inaugural show at Diane Rosenstein Fine Art.

Afrotango Ensemble
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
Tango jazz fusion group Afrotango performs as part of Fowler Out Loud. This free concert series features live performances, open galleries, and light refreshments in the Fowler museum courtyard on Thursday evenings.

Crosstown Rivals: Films from UCLA and USC in the 1960s
UCLA’s James Bridges Theater (Westwood)
This screening event features student films by UCLA and USC alumni including George Lucas, Penelope Spheeris, Paul Golding, Robert Abel, and David Lebrun, who will appear in person at this event. Crosstown Rivals explores the social and political motivations behind the early works of these filmmakers. Crosstown Rivals repeats at USC on April 19, 2012.

Lecture: The Outer Limits: Marginal Illustrations in Gothic Manuscripts
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
Lucy Freeman Sandler, the Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of Art History at New York University, will discuss the images found drawn in the margins of gothic manuscripts. While these marginal images have often been treated as aberrations of the spirituality of the 13th and 14th centuries, Sandler considers them characteristic of the medieval world view. This lecture is in conjunction with the exhibition Gothic Grandeur: Manuscript Illumination, 1200-1350.

In a Forest of Petrified People
The York (Highland Park)
Opening reception for a collection of sculptural installations by Mark Fite and Jason Hadley. Constructed of metal, wood, wax, and plaster, these lifelike figures play against the gallery’s brick and mortar interior. Curated by Culture Reference, this event will include a specialty cocktail and a set by DJ Israel Vines.


Still from THX 1138 (1971) by George Lucas. Courtesy of Alternative Projects.