"From Enchantment to Eschaton" is artist Dani Tull's first major solo show of new work in his hometown of L.A. in what seems like forever. He's been doing psychologically charged, quasi-ritualistic, performance- and sound-based works with an array of collaborators, and in some out-there locations, such as disused space-lab campuses on mountain hillsides. Despite his penchant for spiritual, interdisciplinary experiences that celebrate the weirdness of Southern California culture, Tull is firmly engaged in the formal conversation about objects of visual art as well. He's making drawings and sculptures and plans to show them in an installation environment. But Tull is Tull, so there will be a special sound performance inside the installation on March 21. LAM Gallery, 913 N. Highland Ave., Hlywd.; Sat., Feb. 28, 6-8 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues Tue.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., through April 11. (323) 498-5977, lamgalleryla.squarespace.com. —Shana Nys Dambrot
Edgar Arceneaux is a prolific artist with a fluid sense of genre — moving among painting, drawing, installation and video — and a fluid sense of time, too. His favorite thing is to graft together images and ideas from unlikely sources, creating a mild surrealism that enlightens the present reality. Such is the case with A Time to Break Silence, the artist's first feature-length film, an allegorical reimagining of American culture that's a sort of mash-up of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination and Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, which premiered two days later. It screens as part of "Edgar Arceneaux: Frame Rate," which includes two other video works projected simultaneously. Riverside Studios, 3352 N. San Fernando Road, Glassell Park; Sat., Feb. 28, 7 p.m.; free with online RSVP by Feb. 25. (646) 620-8289, nomadicdivision.org. —Shana Nys Dambrot
"It's a little surreal," local author Cynthia Bond tells L.A. Weekly of finding her debut novel, Ruby, the newest feature of Oprah's Book Club. (It's about to enter The New York Times' best-seller list). Bond describes "putting together the book like a pot of gumbo." Ruby, which follows a troubled woman's return home to rural Texas, is influenced by Bond's own life, the stories of her family and the homeless youth she worked with for 10 years at the L.A. LGBT Center. "I wanted to tell a great story, but I also wanted to help people understand about human trafficking, what's going on right now in L.A. and all over the world," she says. Bond returns to the center tonight for a free reading. Los Angeles LGBT Center's Renberg Theatre, The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hlywd.; Sun., March 1, 7 p.m.; free (suggested donation $10). (323) 860-7300, lalgbtcenter.org. —Sascha Bos
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Historian Eric Foner, who consulted on 12 Years a Slave, is a Pulitzer Prize winner for his book The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. In his most recent effort, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, the Columbia University professor continues his exploration of slavery in the United States, with a focus on little-known heroes who helped facilitate escape routes. Author and Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy leads Wednesday night's talk with Foner at Los Angeles' Central Library. Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., dwntwn.; Wed., March 4, 7:15 p.m.; early arrival recommended; free, reservation required. (213) 228-7000, lfla.org. —Liz Ohanesian
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