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Pencil This In: MOCA Engagement Party, Tasting Burbank and Gretsky

A quiet Porto's in Burbank. They're participating in a Taste of Burbank tonight. / Photo by R. E. ~ via LAist's flickr pool.
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The art show Mobile Exhibits No. 3 opens tonight at the City of Long Beach Annex featuring four installations from Meeson Pae Yang, James Thegerstrom and Heather Scholl, Karen Reitzel and Elizabeth Wild. The opening reception is from 5-8 pm at the Annex, but Meeson’s installation Traverse is located at 5661 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. The exhibit runs until Jan. 31.

Classical repertory theatre company A Noise Within is holding a "pay what you can" performance preview tonight for Shakespeare's The Tragedy of King Richard III at 8 pm. In Richard, Shakespeare blends ruthless ambition and a wicked sense of humor to create a memorable villain. The tickets will sold on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of two per person at the box office after 2 pm. $10 minimum suggested.

MOCA Grand Avenue’s Engagement Party series continues tonight with Dislexicon: A Word Performance by the Slanguage collective. The program explores the idea of a visual lexicon and its poetics through text, spoken-word performances, music and video. Dislexicon will examine the “many facets of growing up in Los Angeles, metaphorically traversing the urban landscape to mine both its comedic and tragic elements.” 7 pm. Free.

There’s a special preview screening of Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are at the Hollywood Arclight tonight to benefit one of our fav nonprofits 826LA. Attendees can participate in a Q&A after the movie with director-screenwriter Spike Jonze, screenwriter (and 826LA founder) Dave Eggers, and actors Catherine Keener and Max Records. There’s also a VIP after-party at Space15Twenty to open an exhibit of stills and behind-the-scenes photos from the film.Tickets are $75 general admission, $200 VIP Reception. 7 pm screening. 10 pm party.