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Pencil This In: The Music of Bob Mould at Walt Disney Concert Hall and a Beagle Rescue

The exhibition 'Late To Dinner' opened this weekend at Carmichael Gallery. Featured artists include Blek le Rat, whose 'Shoes' can be yours—for a price. (Image: Carmichael Gallery).
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So begins the countdown to Thanksgiving. We found a few events tonight that you can take advantage of before leaving town or the guests arrive. Tonight in LA: There's a tribute to Bob Mould's music at WDCH; ALOUD welcomes Margaret Wertheim and Jim Carter on Alternative Science; a beagle fundraiser at Tony's Darts Away; a documentary panel discussion and seminar; and It's a School Night at Bardot. Read on for all the details.

This is where yours truly would be if it weren't for the Thanksgiving holiday parental airport pickup. The program See a Little Light: A Celebration of the Music and Legacy of Bob Mould takes over Walt Disney Concert Hall tonight at 8 pm. Celebrating the musical legacy of former Sugar and Hüsker Dü frontman, artists including Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Ryan Adams, No Age, Best Coast, Craig Finn and Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady), and Margaret Cho with Grant Lee Phillips will perform songs from Mould's songbook. The guest of honor will also be performing. Tickets: $36.25-57.25.

Tonight ALOUD at the Central Library hosts a conversation with science writer Margaret Wertheim and physicist Jim Carter on Physics on the Fringe: Smoke Rings, Circlons, and Alternative Theories of Everything. The two will challenge the concept of what science is; how it works and who it is for, discussing Carter’s own theory of matter, energy, and gravity.

BENEFITTony’s Darts Away in Burbank hosts a “Save the Beagles” fundraiser today to benefit the Beagle Freedom Project. Half of all proceeds from every vegan hot dog sold benefit the North Hollywood nonprofit currently rescuing 41 beagles from a laboratory research facility in Spain. Also, from 6pm to 2am, $1 from the purchase of every Golden Road beer will be donated to support the cause.

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The International Documentary Association holds another installment of its Doc U educational seminars at the Cinefamily tonight. The panel discussion—moderator Lisa Leeman and panelists Kirby Dick, Ondi Timoner and Marina Zenovich—will cover the basics of directing and conducting the documentary interview. Discussion/audience Q&A 7:30-9 pm with a wine reception to follow. Tickets: $20/IDA members $15.

Four of L.A.’s best chefs open up their kitchens a for collaborative celebration in honor of being named Esquire magazine’s “Best New Restaurants 2011.” Chef Kris Morningstar of Ray’s & Stark Bar; Chef and Owner of Playa, John Rivera Sedlar; and Chefs and Owners, Steve Samson and Zach Pollack of Sotto will come together for three nights to create a six- course exclusive culinary experience. Tonight’s the first dinner at Ray’s & Stark Bar. Six-course menu for $75. Reservations required.

It’s a School Night at Bardot in Hollywood features three featured DJ sets tonight by Little Boots, Plastic Plates and Cosmic Kids and a live set by Dwntwn. Free with RSVP.

*Pencil pick of the day

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