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Pencil This In: Gidget Gein's 'Post Mortem' and a Little Night Music at the Zoo

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Gidget Gein's 'Capitalist Pig' at La Luz de Jesus Gallery

Gidget Gein's 'Capitalist Pig' at La Luz de Jesus Gallery
It’s classic rock night at the Zoo tonight from 6-9 pm. The "Music in the Zoo" program features cover bands: The Eagles Have Landed (Eagles music), The Rubber Souls (Beatles music), Highway 61 Revisited (Bob Dylan music), Cubensis (Grateful Dead music), The Heist (The Who, The Doors, and Led Zeppelin music) and Up Stream (popular Reggae music). Food and beverage offerings and 10 interactive animal education and conservation can be found throughout the Zoo. Picnics are also permitted. Tickets are $16.50 for adults and $10.50 for children ages 6 to 15. Children 5 and under are free. The animals will be up and out until 8 pm.

There’s a comedy benefit tonight at 8 pm at the Downtown Comedy Club to help out the nonprofit Homeless Not Toothless, which provides dental care for homeless and underserved youth entering the LA foster system. Scheduled to appear are: Eddie Ifft (Comedy Central), Melinda Hill (Bonnie Hunt Show, The Late Show with Craig Fergusson), Ben Gleib (Chelsea Lately, The Real Wedding Crashers, NPR) and Tracy Locke (Knock-Out Comedy, Lisa Lampinelli). Garrett Morris will MC the festivities. After the show, there will be live blues music. Tickets are $15 per person, $25 per couple, and will go directly to the nonprofit.

Attention Wicked fans: Eden Espinosa (Elphaba) sings tonight at the Ford Amphitheatre in a cabaret-style show titled, “ME.” Also on the bill are Audra Mae and Paula Cole (also known as the woman who sang that Dawson’s Creek song). The show begins at 8:30 pm tonight. Call the box office for ticket information: 323 461-3673.

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Gidget Gein, who passed away last year, was probably best known as the original bassist for Marilyn Manson, but he was a surreal-pop artist, too. There’s a show opening at La Luz de Jesus Gallery tonight with a reception from 8-11 pm to celebrate the man’s life, work and dark humor. The show's title “Post Mortem" also references his career as a mortuary assistant. The art work will all be for sale as well.

The 12th Annual International Pop Overthrow Music Festival starts today and runs through Aug. 8th at several venues throughout LA and Orange counties, including The Knitting Factory, Spaceland, The Echo, Molly Malone’s, Good Hurt, Fais Do Do, Fitzgerald’s and The Orange County Fair. The festival features acts like Sextus (featuring Eric Dover, of Jellyfish and Imperial Drag), Hapiless (featuring members of The Falling Wallendas), The Waking Hours, Splitsville, Kay Hanley (of Letters to Cleo!), Redcar (featuring members of Gush and Gigolo Aunts) and too many more to list here. Ticket prices and schedules vary, so check the website.

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