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Pencil This In: Cake Tasting and Book Signing, Short Film Fest

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Cake tasting and book signing today at Heath Ceramics. / Photo by breksquish via LAist's flickr pool.

Cake tasting and book signing today at Heath Ceramics. / Photo bybreksquish via LAist's flickr pool.
Blankspaces is holding the “Unintentional Entrepreneur Event” tonight from 6:30-8 pm. The event will feature successful, local entrepreneurs sharing tips and advice with those starting out or struggling with their existing business. Free beer and pizza, too.

The LA Shorts Fest opens tonight and runs through July 31. There’s a lot of star power at this year’s fest, which features more than 280 short films, music videos and commercials. Stars (both behind and in front of the camera) include: Scarlett Johansson, Courteney Cox, Demi Moore, Kirsten Smith, Lena Headey and Patrick Warburton and more. (The opening night gala is sold out, though.)

Heath Ceramics is hosting a book signing and cake-tasting reception from 6-8 pm with fashion designer Sarah Magid to celebrate her new book Organic and Chic: Cakes, Cookies, and Other Sweets that Taste as Good as They Look. A selection of cakes will be prepared, baked and served by Magid during the event, who'll speak at 7 pm. Admission is free, but R.S.V.P. here or call 323-965-0800

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REDCAT's sixth annual New Original Works Festival (NOW) opens tonight and runs through Aug. 8, showcasing eight new projects by Los Angeles-based artists who are expanding the language of visual performance. This weekend’s program features the work of Early Morning Opera, Sheetal Gandhi and Ayana Hampton.

Dance the night away in Downtown Burbank with summer outdoor concerts (at the AMC Walkway). There’s free dance classes at 6 pm, with bands going on at 7. On the stage tonight is Flattop Tom & His Jump Cats.

The Skirball Cultural Center continues its Sunset Concerts series tonight with bluegrass musicians Mike Marshall on mandolin and Darol Anger on fiddle with Swedish instrumental trio Väsen 8 pm. The Skirball’s galleries will remain open late for guests to view the two current exhibitions on the art of comic books. Admission is free, and parking is only $5.

Grand Performances presents “Musicology 302: Paul Robeson-Humanity's Voice with Paul Von Blum” tonight at 8 pm. UCLA Lecturer Paul Von Blum “sheds light on Renaissance man Robeson giving voice to theatre, opera and spirituals as well as to civic and human rights causes while addressing the rising demand for much of Africa's liberations from colonial control.”

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