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Pencil This In: Downtown Art Walk, Danica McKellar at Vroman's and Jazz at Descanso

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The Descanso Gardens jazz series ends tonight. | Photo: Kristen Neveu via LAist's flickr pool.

The Descanso Gardens jazz series ends tonight. | Photo: Kristen Neveu via LAist's flickr pool.

The Downtown Art Walk takes place tonight and among all the art openings is one that caught our eye: Eat Me, An Eye Scream Social--a group show with summer themed art--at Bang Gallery. Opening reception tonight from 6-10 pm. Remember that there’s a mobile food truck court at 334 S. Main St. After the Art Walk, Slang Chicken will be performing at Casey’s Irish Pub between 8 pm and 2 am.BOOKS
Fans of The Wonder Years might enjoy this book signing. Tonight at 7 pm at Vroman’s welcomes Danica McKellar (Winnie), who’ll discuss and sign her latest book--Hot X: Algebra Exposed! Yes, the former child actress is kind of a math nerd, and still totally cool. The book is a follow up to Math Doesn't Suck and Kiss My Math. Using quizzes and clear explanation, she helps make math easy and fun for middle and high school students everywhere.

The Skirball Center welcomes the salsa orchestra La Excelencia to its Sunset Concert series tonight at 8 pm. According to the Skirball, "Combining social consciousness with infectious rhythms, this sizzling twelve-piece orchestra represents the new generation of salsa dura, infusing the genre with a modern vitality." It's free and no reservations are needed. But seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking: $5 per car carrying three or more people, otherwise $10 per car.

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“The Evolution of American Jazz” concert series on Thursday evenings at Descanso Gardens concludes tonight withWillie McNeil’spop and rock inspired jazz. Bring a blanket to sit on and a picnic and then watch the sun set. If you’re lucky, you might catch a shooting star or two from the Perseids. Concerts run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and are free with admission to the Gardens.

At the Los Angeles Theatre Center tonight at 8 pm, there’s a performance by the Vault--a theater, music and performance art ensemble. Founded and directed by Aaron Garcia and Fidel Gomez, the troupe performs a mashup of a number of different genres. It’s not a variety show or sketch comedy, but something a little different. Or so they say. $5 suggested donation.

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