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08/16/2012 06:15 pm ET Updated Oct 16, 2012

PLAN ForYourArt: August 16-22

ForYourArt selects the best opportunities to SEECOLLECTLEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT art each week.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16

Simone Forti: News Animation Improvisations
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7 p.m.
News Animation Improvisations features artist Simone Forti performing live interpretations of newspaper reports and newscasts. Presented as a part of Made in L.A. 2012, this event will include a series of drawings and writing produced throughout the duration of the biennial. Capacity for this free performance is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

B!RDBRA!N (Epilogue)
Public Fiction (Highland Park)
8 p.m.
This event features a performance of "B!RDBRA!N (Epilogue)," the first in a three part series of vignette-based plays by Emily Mast. "B!RDBRA!N" features seven performers ranging in age from 6 to 60. The show explores the meaning projected onto language. A new series of works on paper will also be on view.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18

Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center Artmaking Workshop
Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center (Agua Dulce)
9 a.m.
This free two day workshop invites the public to make rammed earth time capsules and work on the construction of a new public art sculpture at noted geological site Vasquez Rocks. Led by L.A.-based art team Didier Hess, the event features noontime lectures by experts on local pre-history, ancient rock art, and geology. No experience is necessary. Required registration available at jenna@emanate.org. To learn more about the Vasquez Rocks and Didier Hess' inspiration, check out ForYourArt's Public Art Alert.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22

Zackary Drucker and Her Friends: Films and Conversation
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7:30 p.m.
Filmmaker Zackary Drucker hosts an evening of film screenings and conversation regarding queer cinema. Featured films include "The Queen," "Broken Goddess," and "At Least You Know: You Exist." Screenings to be followed by a conversation with Drucker and actresses Flawless Sabrina and Holly Woodlawn. This free event is a part of Made in L.A. 2012.

Eight Steps: A Users Guide to Addiction
Human Resources (Chinatown)
7:30 p.m.
Presented by the Fontbron Academy, this event features the lecture "Eight Steps: The Users Guide to Addiction." This free talk focuses on the causes, costs, benefits, and analysis of addiction and touches on topics including a history of substance abuse, warning signs, and competitive drinking. Artists discussed will include Thomas Kincaid, Ed Moses, and Jackson Pollock. There will also be a raffle.