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Pencil This In: New Ecosystems at the Science Center, the Future of Art Criticism and LA's Twestival

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The future of arts criticism is being discussed at MOCA tonight. | Photo by sfxeric via LAist's flickr pool.

The future of arts criticism is being discussed at MOCA tonight. | Photo by sfxeric via LAist's flickr pool.
Today 175 cities from around the world are holding Twestivals and raising money for one cause. This year, money will be donated to Concern Worldwide, an international humanitarian organization transforming the lives of the world’s poorest, most marginalized children through access to education. The LA Twestival happens tonight from 7-11 pm at The Roxy, and features Video turntablist/remixer Mike Relm, a TweetMuseum (celebrity Twitter art), Polite in Public Digital Photo booth, 16 year-old DJ prodigy and music blogger Jake Simon. Other special musical guests, too. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased through Twestival sponsor Amiando. Festivities will be broadcast on UStream tonight. Tickets $20.

Today the California Science Center opens its new Ecosystems Experience that combines exhibits and live habitats that include a kelp forest, 1,500 live fish and other marine life (LAist's Jason Goldman gave us a big preview earlier this week). There's also a special gallery dedicated to the urban ecology of Los Angeles. Ecosystems is a 90 to 120 minute experience for most visitors. It's a hot ticket, so reservations are recommended.

The American Cinematheque presents All Doc'd Out: A Documentary Filmmakers Survival Guide tonight at the Egyptian's Spielberg Theater. It's a documentary film panel discussion that looks at the future of non-fiction film production, distribution and exhibition in a weak market. The panel is moderated by Thomas Ethan Harris, with panelists Amy Halpin (Program Manager, Fiscal Sponsorships and Grants, International Documentary Association), Agi Orsi (Producer, Dogtown and the Z Boys, Riding Giants), Jon Reiss (Author, Think Outside The Box Office; Producer/Director, Bomb It, and Marina Zenovich (Producer/Director, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired). $12 Cinematheque Members, $15 Students/Seniors, $20 General. 7:30 pm.

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David Hare's The Blue Room opens tonight at 8 pm at The Odyssey Theatre. The adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s once banned Reigen transfers the action from Vienna circa 1900 to present day. "The audience voyeuristically experiences a provocative daisy chain of relationships. The episodes, teasing to satisfy, scrutinize sexual morals and class ideology of human mating rituals. These rituals resonate…as clearly today as they did a century ago." Tickets are $30.

Tonight MOCA (Grand Avenue) presents a panel discussion The Future of Art Criticism on the effect of the Internet on traditional media and the quality and ethics of arts journalism. Held in conjunction with the LA Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the session will be moderated by Sasha Anawalt, director of the University of Southern California Annenberg Arts Journalism Program, and features critics Andrew Berardini and Sharon Mizota and MOCA Associate Curator Bennett Simpson. 6:30 pm. Free.

Live music, cocktails and great views are a few of the draws besides the fresh food and produce at the Yamashiro Farmer's Market tonight and every Thursday from 5-9 pm. There's a puppet show tonight for the kids. Remember to bring $2 for parking (valet only) and check out LAist's photo post from last week.

Lynda Carter, best known as TV's iconic Wonder Woman, is also a singer. She has a three-night gig that begins tonight at the Catalina Jazz Club, and will feature a number of standards from her latest album At Last. 8 pm. Tickets: $45.

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