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Pencil This In: F%#k Cancer! Benefit and Keith Richards' Wisdom

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Three Wishes / Magda Trzaski

Three Wishes / Magda Trzaski
Poketo Studio hosts a cancer benefit and silent art auction titled, “F%#k Cancer! We Love Justin!” tonight from 7-10 pm. 100% of proceeds will go directly to support medical treatment of artist Justin Van Hoy, who’s the art director for SWINDLE Magazine, and contributor of works for artists and brands such as OBEY, Roger Gastman, Cobra Snake and more. Contributing artists include Shepard Fairey, Tim Biskup, Saelee Oh, Jeana Sohn, Travis Millard, Mel Kadel, Marco Zamora, Ye Rin Mok, Josh Cochran, Caroline Hwang, Amanda Visell, David Weidman,Studio Number One, Sumi Ink Club, Chris Bettig, Sarajo Frieden, Kim Buzzelli and others.

There’s an artist reception tonight from 8-11 pm at La Luz de Jesus Gallery for the opening of the June group show that features the work of Mark Bryan, Daniel Elson, Krystopher Sapp and Magda Trzaski. The show promises a mixture of art, assemblage and sculpture.KEITH RICHARDS
Stories Books in Echo Park is throwing a party at 8 pm tonight for Mark Blake’s book The Wit & Wisdom of Keith Richards — compiled quotes from the Rolling Stones guitarist. They’ll supply the DJs, souvenirs, some sloppy covers and some dramatic readings. (We're actually really surprised that Blake was able to translate Richards' um, mumbling distinct speaking style for these snippets.)

Philanthro Productions is throwing a party with a purpose tonight. Proceeds from tonight’s “RW/FF: Rewind. Fast Forward” event at LAX nightclub in Hollywood go to the writing/literacy nonprofit, 826LA, so it can continue to offer tutoring resources free of charge to kids across Los Angeles. There will be free tequila tastings and margaritas while supplies last from Chaya Tequila and tunes will be spun by DJ Quasar. There will be door prizes, too! Doors open at 10PM. Only $15 for entry if you arrive before 11PM (or $20 after).

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Dance Camera West, the annual festival that celebrates the cinematography and choreography, presents “Screendance: A New Visual Language” at REDCAT tonight at 8 pm. The two-day fest offers three all-new programs of experimental shorts. There’s a reception following tonight’s performance.

The UCLA Department of Musicology is hosting a free conference on music and humor today and tomorrow. There will be performances, workshops and presentations from music scholars from across the country -- covering topics as diverse as contemporary musicals to centuries-old cabarets from Mozart and Beethoven to The Simpsons and Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room.

The Upright Citizens Brigade hosts The Hills: A Staged Reading -- “It's Heidi vs. Lauren and it's really really important” tonight at 8 pm. The cast stars Kate Walsh as Lauren Conrad, Rachael Harris as Heidi Montag, Rob Huebel as Spencer Pratt, Robin Shorr as Whitney Port, Dannah Feinglass as Audrina, Danielle Schneider as Lo Bosworth, Mike Phirman as Justin Bobby and Tom Kenny as The Narrator. Advance reservations are sold out, but there will be a stand-by line for this show.

It's that time of the month, again. But this is something we look forward to: First Fridays at the Natural History Museum. The evening combines live music, DJs, drinks and learning for a fun and relatively inexpensive evening. Tonight, the bill includes Dr. Michael Shermer on "Why Darwin Matters: Evolution, Intelligent Design, and the Battle for Science and Religion" and music by Z-Trip, The Phatal DJ and The Gaslamp Killer. Entry is $9. The festivities begin at 5:30 pm.

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