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Photo of espresso gelato on brioche from Joan's on Third (street) by pink_fish13 via LAist's flickr pool.

West Third Street in WeHo adjacent has tons of cool stores and cafes (think Zipper, Flight 001 and Joan’s on Third to name just a few). But lately, we hate going there because the parking sitch is such a bitch. But tonight, there’s free valet after 5 pm during the area’s holiday street party at eight different points between Fairfax and La Cienega. Stores will be open until 9 pm with plenty of music, snacks and special sales.

LACMA hosts “Conversations with Artists: Allen Ruppersberg & Allan McCollum” tonight at 7 pm in Brown Auditorium. The evening will touch on the artists' different approaches to “image-making, reflections on creating work in Los Angeles and New York in the 1970s versus today, as well as their recent collaboration in Italy.” This event is free to the public, but tickets are required. They will be available at the box office starting at 6 pm.

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Culver City’s Royal/T and Zippercut are throwing a masquerade ball tonight starting at 7 pm. “Rococo Rendezvous, a Masquerade Fantastique” draws inspiration from the 2004 Japanese film Kamikaze Girls “where the divine luxuries of 18th century France are caught up in the childlike mind of a Japanese teenager.” Expect Gothic Lolitas and Royal/T's own Japanese Maids to be the belles of the ball. Tickets are $25 with hors d' oeuvres from 7-9pm, and beer and wine will be available for purchase all evening. Music by DJ International Pop Conspiracy and live music by Go West Young Man (9pm), Boxviolet (10pm), The Hanks (11pm).

R Bar in K-Town is the place to be tonight on the eve of Repeal Day. Plus, LAist contributor Ross A. Lincoln will be spinning tunes starting around 8:30. And don't forget the not-so-secret password: "Bring out your dead."

The Getty Center and Zócalo present "Immigration and the Changing Picture of California" tonight at 7 pm at the Getty Center. A panel discussion, led by Bob Sipchen, editor of Sierra magazine, will examine how immigrants have shaped California. The evening's topic was inspired by the current exhibition Dialogue among Giants that "examines how our state has attracted and been shaped by centuries of newcomers, and how photographs help us understand this history." Free, but reservations required.

There's a Tiki Bar TV DVD Release Party starting at 8 pm tonight at the Tonga Hut in North Hollywood. "Join Doctor Tiki, Lala, Tosca and special guests in raising a tiki mug to celebrate the release of Tiki Bar TV Season 3 & 4 on DVD." RSVP here.

Remember to check out the LAist Agenda: December for other upcoming events