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

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A quiet Porto's in Burbank. They're participating in a Taste of Burbank tonight. / Photo by R. E. ~ via LAist's flickr pool.

A quiet Porto's in Burbank. They're participating in a Taste of Burbank tonight. / Photo by R. E. ~ via LAist's flickr pool.
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.

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There’s a specialpreview 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.

The Paley Center in Beverly Hills is holding the U.S. Premiere of Kings Ransom, ESPN’s new film that tracks the Edmonton Oilers deal that exported Canadian national hero Wayne Gretzky to the LA Kings. In Person: Wayne Gretzky; Peter Berg (director); Bruce McNall (former LA Kings owner); Steve Michaels (producer); ); Bob Miller (LA Kings play by play announcer); Peter Pocklington (former Edmonton Oilers owner). Tickets to the screening and panel discussion are $50, but $100 gets ticket holders the screening, panel and reception with The Great One and other guests. 7 pm.

Explore what Burbank has to offer in theTaste of Downtown Burbank tonight from 5:30 to 9:30 pm. Restaurants participating include Barney’s Beanery, Chadaka Thai, Gourmet 88, Granville Cafe, Market City Caffe, PF Chang’s, Picahna, Pomodoro, Porto’s Bakery & Cafe, Buffalo Wild Wings, Crepe Maker and Z Pizza. There’s a Beer & Wine Garden on the AMC Walkway, too. Tickets are $30 for food only and $40 for food and alcohol.

Occidental College kicks off a celebration of alumnus and “poet of the American West Coast,” Robinson Jeffers (class of 1905) at the college’s Mary Norton Clapp Library tonight at 6:15 pm. The lyricism of Jeffers’ free verse is evident in poems such as “The Beauty of Things” and “Shine, Perishing Republic.” The event is free and open to the public.

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