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Pencil This In: Rock Star Photography, Dancing @ the Music Center

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Devo / Photo courtesy of Moshe Brakha.

Devo / Photo courtesy of Moshe Brakha.
Occupation Dreamer: The Photography of Moshe Brakha” is on display at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE now through Aug. 9. The exhibit--the first one ever for the museum--includes 30 photographs of now-famous musicians taken by Brakha between 1976 and 1986 in New York, London, Beverly Hills, Dallas and Hollywood. Among the subjects: Madonna, The Beastie Boys, Black Flag, Miles Davis, Sting, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, Madness, The Ramones, Run DMC, Sammy Hagar, Neil Young and The Thompson Twins.

The ACE Gallery in Beverly Hills hosts the Character Project traveling exhibit that features 11 photographers’ perspectives with 150 photographs from the book American Character: A Photographic Journey. The project tries to document the character of America and “pay tribute to the extraordinary people, from all walks of life, who make this country unique.” Ace Gallery closes at 6 pm tonight.

Assemblymember Paul Krekorian (D-Burbank) hosts FilmFest43 tonight at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. The festival will showcase 17 short films (music videos, documentaries and dramas) selected from 100 movies from high school students in Burbank, Glendale and Los Angeles. Five films be awarded prizes tonight. Free tickets are available via the Alex Theatre by calling their box office, (818) 243-2539 or emailing Please include “FilmFest43 tickets” in the subject line. The festival starts at 6:30 pm tonight.

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There’s an art opening reception tonight from 6-9 pm at Tortoise in Venice for Shodo Iwagaki, a Soto-Zen Buddhist monk and an artist living in Japan. For his exhibition, he showcases 11 woodblock prints mounted on vintage indigo fabric in Kakejiku (scroll picture) style. LAist went shopping @ Tortoise a while back and luuurrrved it.

Tonight marks the start of the Music Center’s Dance Downtown summer series. Here’s how it works: Music Center Provides the live music and DJs, you bring your dancing shoes. Beginner dance lessons start at 6:30 pm and then are sprinkled throughout the evening. Tonight’s theme is Mexican cumbia featuring live music by Los Neighbors. It’s a free event -- but donations will not be turned down. The dancing stops at 10.

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