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Pencil This In: 'Jekyll & Hyde,' a J.A.M. Session with Culture Shock LA Dance Troupe and the Downtown Film Fest Opens

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TGIF! We found a few great events happening around town tonight. Check out our picks: Buster Keaton silent films with live music at the Aero; the Downtown Film Fest opens; art openings at La Luz de Jesus Gallery; free jazz at LACMA, a Ford the musical Jekyll & Hyde opens; free family flicks on the Third Street Promenade, Venice First Fridays and a hip-hop J.A.M. session in East LA. Read on for all the details.

SILENT FILMS+MUSIC
Tonight at 7:30 pm, the Aero Theatre presents a double feature of Buster Keaton silent film classicsSherlock Jr. and The Cameraman—with live accompaniment by Cliff Retallick. Tickets: $11.

FILM FESTIVAL
The Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (DFFLA) opens its eight-day run tonight with a screening of The Diary of Preston Plummer with Robert Loggia and Rumer Willis at the Downtown Independent. Included in the $35 ticket price is a gala after-party at Towne. Or you can skip the screening and head straight to the party for $20. 8 pm.

VENICE FIRST FRIDAYS
Tonight the Lux/Eros gallery and holds its first First Fridays Bazaar during the Venice First Friday celebration. There’s shopping from artisans and curated vintage as well as free booze, food trucks and music. From 6-10 pm.

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ART*
La Luz de Jesus Gallery opens two exhibitions, Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker’s Tales From the Tiki Lounge and Miles Thompson’s Warm Fuzzies, Cold Pricklies, with a reception from 8-11 pm. Parker’s lurid paintings borrow elements from tiki, comics and music. Thompson’s work reminds viewers to embrace life’s impermanence.

JAZZ
There’s free jazz at LACMA tonight with the Rickey Woodard Sextet, starting at 6 pm. Saxophonist Woodard began his career as a member of the Ray Charles Band and has toured and recorded with Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Ernestine Anderson, Benny Carter and Horace Silver. At the BP Grand Entrance. Free.

FILM
Santa Monica’s Cinema on the Street series screens family-friendly fare on the Third Street Promenade throughout the month of July. Opening the free screenings are pre-show comedy performances from the MI’s Westside Comedy Theater. Bring a blanket or beach chairs to the Promenade, between Wilshire Boulevard and Arizona Avenue. Tonight’s movie The Sandlot begins approximately at 7:30 pm, depending on the sunset’s cooperation.

THEATER
DOMA Theatre Co. @ The MET Theatre opens the Tony Award-nominated adaption of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll & Hyde tonight at 8 pm. Pitting Dr. Henry Jekyll against his own evil alter ego, the play features the book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and the music of Frank Wildhorn, including “Someone Like You,” “This Is The Moment” and “Once Upon A Dream.” Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 29. Tickets: $30-$34.99. Student/senior tickets: $10.

DANCE
The Ford Theatre’s free J.A.M. Sessions expand this summer to other venues, including the East L.A. Civic Center. Tonight at 6 pm, the Culture Shock LA Dance Troupe presents an evening of funk and hip-hop Dance. Participants can learn the basic steps like locking, breaking and popping. All ages; families welcome. The J.A.M. session is followed by a free movie night in the park starting at 8:30 pm.

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