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In tandem with the bracing, inestimable exhibition “The Art of the Archive: Photographs from the Los Angeles Police Archive,” House of Lucie Talks presents A Conversation with Steve Hodel. A true crime author and 24-year veteran homicide detective with the L.A. Police Department, Hodel knocked it out of the park with his first book, the New York Times-bestselling Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder. Apropos of all that, he’ll be holding forth about his years on the force, life as a private investigator, and how his father George killed Elizabeth Short and a bunch of other people. Wait, what?

The exhibition is on view through September 15.

House of Lucie, ROW DTLA, 1318 E. 7th St., M1 Ste. #140, downtown; Thu. Aug. 29, 6 p.m.; free. (310) 659-0122, luciefoundation.org/house-of-lucie-la.

The Art of the Archive installation view at House of Lucie (Photo Shana Nys Dambrot)