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Pencil This In: 'Burn the Floor' Opens at the Pantages, 'Closet Visit' Movie at The Standard, Japan Benefit

'Burn the Floor' runs through May 8 at the Pantages. (Photo credit: Joan Marcus)
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The dance-theater experience Burn the Floor opens tonight at the Pantages Theatre for a two-week run. The show features 20 dancers who take the audience through dance history from the waltz to the paso doble to swing. Choreographed by Jason Gilkison, a guest choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance in the US & Australia. Tonight at 8 pm. Tickets: $25-$78.

Tonight’s the premiere of the first Closet Visit movie at The Standard, Downtown, beginning at 7:30 pm. LA-based artist and photographer Jeana Sohn blogs at and chronicles the closets of chic LA women, including Claire Cottrell, film director; Shiva Rose, actress and writer; and Lauren Soloff, granola maker and interior designer. Screened every 30 minutes.


The Gift of Food for Japan event is a "cocktail gathering" that benefits Second Harvest Japan. Held at Prism on Sunset, the evening begins at 6 pm with a rooftop reception featuring appetizers by Eveleigh, desserts by Fruit & Flour and highballs provided by Yamazaki Whisky. At 9 pm, the party moves to the back patio for a hosted bar with drinks by SKYY, Partida Tequila, Campo de Encanto Pisco and Combier. The patio bar opens to the public at 10 pm for a cash bar with all proceeds going to Second Harvest. Event organizers Umamimart and Yamazaki Whisky want to raise $20,000 with the event. Tickets: $75.

The Hammer Museum holds a forum on The New Global Elite tonight at 7 pm. Finance journalists Chrystia Freeland and Felix Salmon explain how the four Wall Street banks controlling half the assets of the nation’s banking system are driving the disparity of wealth in the U.S. Moderated by Ian Masters of KPFK. Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6 pm.

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