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Pencil This In: Engagement Party at MOCA, Hear NoHo, Dirty Baby at LACMA and Tasting Burbank

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Choreographer, dancer and performing artist, Ryan Heffington, begins a three-month residency at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. The first audience-participatory Engagement Party is tonight from 7-10 pm. It’s “an all-encompassing dance environment that offers open classes, performances, and video collaborations.” Get ready for freestyle and choreographed dance routines.

The monthly HEAR NoHo music festival takes place tonight from 8-11 pm in the North Hollywood Arts District. Tonight’s acts include Thelonious Dub, A Living Daylight, Stimulator, a poetry slam and more. Venues: NoHo Arts Center, NoHo Music Loft and W.B.F. Studios. Get 2 for 1 tickets today until 5 pm ($10 + $2 handling fee).

Louis Stern Fine Arts presents Happy Birthday Mr. Blum! It’s an exhibition of works selected by collector and co-founder of the Ferus Gallery Irving Blum and features the art of John Altoon, Charles Arnoldi, John Baldessari, Larry Bell, Karl Benjamin, Tony Berlant, Chris Burden, Jay DeFeo, Richard Diebenkorn, Lorser Feitelson, Lynn Foulkes, Sam Francis, Frederick Hammersley, Craig Kauffman, Ed Kienholz, Frank Lobdell, Ed Moses, Bruce Nauman, Ken Price, Ed Ruscha and Wayne Thiebaud. The exhibition opens tonight with a reception from 5-8 pm and continues through Nov. 6.

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The Taste of Downtown Burbank takes place tonight from 5:30 to 9:30 pm on San Fernando Boulevard (between Orange Grove and Magnolia Boulevard). This year, the festival focus is sustainability and green culinary practices with recycling stations, compostable serving materials and a commitment to Zero Waste. So eat tons of food from Burbank eateries, enjoy the open-air beer and wine garden and see a sustainable and organic cooking demonstration by Nikki Cascone, a “cheftestant” from Top Chef. Tickets: $25 for all you can eat. The $35 ticket includes the Beer & Wine garden. Children 12 and under are $10.

LA artist Ed Ruscha, musician Nels Cline and poet, author and producer David Breskin present their new collaborative book and CD project Dirty Baby tonight at LACMA at 7:30 pm as part of the Angel City Jazz Festival. Cline will lead two ensembles playing his compositions, Breskin will read his ghazals (poems), and Ruscha's Silhouettes and Cityscapes will be projected. Admission to the event is free but requires an RSVP to
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