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Pencil This In: X Games 15, Jazzpop at the Hammer

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Gadji Gadjo: Oh those crazy klezmer kids! They'll be at the Skirball tonight. / Photo by Veronique Messier

Gadji Gadjo: Oh those crazy klezmer kids! They'll be at the Skirball tonight. / Photo by Veronique Messier
X Games 15 started today and runs through Sunday at Staples Center and the Home Depot Center. Watch live 250 of the world’s best athletes competing in BMX freestyle, moto X, skateboard and rally car racing. Still on the bill this afternoon: Skateboard Vert Women's Final, Skateboard Street Women's Final, BMX Freestyle Park Elimination, Skateboard Big Air Final and Moto X Step Up Final. X Games events at the Staples Center require tickets ($20) for entry at 4 p.m. Home Depot tickets range from $10-$20 for all-day entry (starting at 10 a.m. daily).

The Santa Monica’s Twilight Dance Series continues tonight at 7 pm at the pier. The free concert features Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited (Zimbabwe pop). Also on the bill: Bushman (Jamaican Roots Reggae). So bring a picnic and your dancing shoes. Alcohol isn’t allowed but doggies are -- as long as they’re on leashes.

Rogue Machine presents the world premiere of the play Treefall by Henry Murray. Set in a future altered by climate change, Treefall is the story of three teenagers who’ve been surviving in a Pacific Northwest cabin trying to keep their make-shift family unit together. “The arrival of a stranger with a secret unhinges the life they knew, and the vestiges of civil behavior crumble. The play re-examines how our culture sees and instills gender, identity, and family…even in a future world where these strictures have eroded.” The play runs tonight through Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $25. And there’s an opening reception tonight after the show.

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The Skirball Cultural Center continues its Sunset Concerts series tonight at 8 pm with Quebec-based band Gadji-Gadjo who infuse klezmer with world music influences. 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.

JAZZJazzpop returns to the Hammer courtyard this summer for three Thursdays of jazz without boundaries, starting tonight at 8 pm. These free performances by the LA Jazz Collective feature inventive composition with improvisation and funky grooves. Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6 pm.

Twiistup 6 started today and continues through tomorrow at the Universal Hilton pairing big name speakers from tech, media and entertainment with an evening of open-bar networking. There’s still time to get tickets for the mixer for $79.

There's a fund-raising party tonight for the American Artisan Foundation at the Social. The evening also features the collaborative work of designer Jared Gold (America's Next Top Model) and artist Joshua Petker. We hear it's gonna be a star-studded event. The red carpet starts at 8 pm and there's a runway show at 9. Tickets are only $10. $100 VIP.

REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival 2009 continues this weekend with some of LA’s most innovative and up-and-coming artists. On the bill for Program 2 (tonight through Saturday at 8 pm) are: Carole Kim w/ Oguri, Alex Cline and Dan Clucas: N1 and Jennifer The Leopard: Leop Year (No Jamming).

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