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Pencil This In: Music by The Deadly Gentlemen, Palma Violets; The Moth Storytelling; and a Book on University Park History

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Here's a short, but sweet list of events happening in L.A. tonight: There's an evening of storytelling on "the rush" with The Moth; a discussion on fashion and food with Scott Sternberg and Kevin West; a look at University Park history; a printmaking learning session; and music by The Dangerous Gentlemen and Palma Violets. Read on for all the details:

The Moth's Westside edition takes over Zanzibar in Santa Monica tonight with storytellers spinning tales on the theme of "the rush." Anyone can toss their hat into the ring for a chance to be selected. All you have to do is prep a 5-minute story about adrenaline, thrills, chills and racing around. Doors and storytelling signups at 7 p.m. and tales begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8 at the door, $16 in advance (guaranteed admission). Hosted by Lauren Weedman. The venue is 21+.

The Deadly Gentlemen, a Boston-based neo-bluegrass quintet, plays The Mint tonight at 9 p.m. The band recently released Roll Me, Tumble Me, their debut disc for Rounder and are currently on tour to promote it throughout the summer. Also on the bill are Wild Child & Whiskey Shivers. Tickets: $10.

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Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Hammer Museum presents a conversation between fashion designer, photographer and the Band of Outsiders brand Scott Sternberg and journalist, author and "canning evangelist"Kevin West. For this program Sternberg and West discuss the surprising overlap between fashion and food. Free. Parking is available under the museum for a flat fee of $3 after 6 p.m.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Stories L.A. Books & Café presents author Charles Epting who reads from his new book University Park, Los Angeles: A Brief History (The History Press). University Park remains one of LA's diverse neighborhoods, and Epting traces points such as USC's founding in 1880; its hosting of two Olympic Games and numerous presidents; and countless other significant moments.

The UK-based rockersPalma Violets have developed a cult following across the pond, and they're bringing their music to the Echoplex to build their U.S. audience. The garage-rock foursome are promoting their first record 180, released in March. Also on the bill: Twin Peaks. This show is 18+. Tickets: $13-15.

The Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) wraps up its adult art workshop series, Community Printmaking Sessions with Holly Jerger, tonight from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Both novices and expert printers are welcome to join in the printmaking sessions that offer space, basic supplies and advice and casual instruction. Small etching presses and letterpresses will also be available for use. Ages: 17+. Cost per session: $25/$20 CAFAM members. RSVP required to (323) 937-4230 x28 or

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