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Pencil This In: Music with Dogstar Orchestra, Vanessa Carlton and Flamenco at the Ford

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It's Monday in LA and we found a couple interesting music events tonight: The experimental Dogstar Orchestra plays in rooms around LA this afternoon until 6 pm; It's a School Night's lineup at Bardot includes headliner Vanessa Carlton; and tonight's JAM Sessions at the Ford teach beginners and pros alike the flamenco. Read on for the details.

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Cryptik's Solo Show is on view Hit + Run's Townhouse Gallery in Venice through July 16. (Photo: Luna George)
SCHOOL NIGHT MUSIC
It’s a School Night features an evening of both live music and DJ sets at Bardot in Hollywood. KCRW’s Chris Douridas spins at 9 pm, followed by live sets by Kye Kye at 10, Electric Guest at 10:45 pm, and Vanessa Carlton at 11:30 pm. Maydoubt spins the tunes at midnight. Free with RSVP. Set times subject to change.

MUSIC
The Dogstar Orchestra, a loose collective of experimental musicians, plays concerts in A Few Rooms Around Town until 6 pm tonight. Pieces by Mark So, Maidon Brookshire, Jason Brogan, Rick Bahto and Istvàn Zelenka will be peformed in unusual places—from a breakfast nook to a closet to a dining gallery in LA, Pasadena and Valencia. Check out the Dogstar site for exact locations and times.

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FLAMENCO
The Ford Amphitheatre continues its free JAM Session series tonight with the program    Flamenco, ¡Ole! Beginners, amateurs and professionals are invited to come down and learn intricate, passionate dance steps taught by acclaimed Flamenco dancer Cristina Hall and palmas (Flamenco percussion) led by guitarist David Maldonado and YAEL. 7 pm. Reservations can be made online or by calling the box office at 323 461-3673 to skip the handling fees.

FILM

Outfest 2011: The 29th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
, continues tonight and through July 17 in various locations throughout LA. Check the film guide and site for up-to-date schedules, events and parties.

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