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Pencil This In: LA Museums Like to Rock, Free Cee Lo Set at City Walk and Grillin in the City

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Who said museums were boooring? Tonight, LA's museums (The Hammer, LACMA and the A+D Museum) are rocking out, combining live music, DJ sets and art installations and exhibitions for an evening of visual and auditory treats. Nick + Stef's kicks off a grilling night and introduces a new craft beer and sausage pairing menu, plus, there's a Cee Lo Green free set at CityWalk. Read on for the details...

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New exhibition 'Robert Brown: Glass and Serigraphs' opens at New Puppy Gallery in LA on Saturday. (Image: Untitled silkscreen on glass by Robert Brown)
MUSIC
The Hammer Museum kicks off their summer music series—Also I Like to Rock—tonight at 7 pm. Curated by Buzz Bands LA, the evening features live sets by British rockers Graffiti6 and Eastern Conference Champions from Bucks County, Pa. KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox on the turntables. Admission is free and on a first come, first served basis. Hammer members and KCRW subscribers at all levels receive priority entry and exclusive access to the VIP lounge. Get to the museum early, parking is $3 after 6 pm in the garage under the Hammer. The galleries stay open until 9 pm.

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GRILLIN
Starting tonight and every Thursday in the summer from 5-9 pm, Nick + Stef’s Executive Chef Megan Logan hosts the “Girl and a Grill” series. Her dishes will include tri-tip, skirt steak, ribs, chicken breast, barbeque shrimp, grilled oysters, and flat iron steak with prices ranging from $8-14. To accompany the main dishes, sides include spicy coleslaw, potato and pasta salad, corn on the cob, veggie skewers and tomato salad for $5 each. The bar also kicks off a new Sausage and craft Beer Pairing menu. Live music by Black Crystal Wolf Kids tonight at 7 pm.

MUSIC
Cee Lo Green and The Voice winner Javier Colon christen the new outdoor concert plaza at Universal CityWalk. Cee Lo’s free, live performance kicks off CityWalk’s “Plugged In” free summer music series, taking place every weekend through August 28. 8 pm.

MUSIC
LACMA’s MUSE membership group for art lovers in their 20s, 30s, and 40s kicks off a new concert series at 8 pm. Live music by Saint Motel and The Silent Comedy joined by live painter Mike Maxwell. Cocktails available from LACMA’s Stark Bar. Tickets: $15 concert only; $25 concert and Tim Burton exhibition access; $75 VIP Package: Indie membership, two concert tickets, Tim Burton Access, and concert print; $20 Muse members for concert, Tim Burton access and concert print.

ARTY PARTY*
A+D Museum is holding a party tonight to celebrate the 2011 installation of COME IN! an exhibit featuring young LA designers who have taken over the museum’s galleries, offices, storage closets and bathrooms under the themes of Surf, Skate and Bike. Held from 6-9 pm with cocktails, live music by Health and Beauty, the LA Derby Dolls skating around and live screenprinting and painting. Border Grill truck will be parked outside. Tickets: $10, students w/ valid ID $5, A+D members are free. The exhibition runs through July 24. 


MORE MUSIC

Culver City’s Royal/T opens the art exhibit Party Animals curated by electronic media artist Lindsay Scoggins. The show features “beastly beings depicted as party-goers” with works by Scoggins, Takashi Murakami, Jeff Koons, KAWS, Yoshitomo Nara, Andre Ethier, Christen Bach, David Ellis, David Shrigley, David Tamargo, Friends With You, Jillian Mayer, Ken Kagami, Ken Tanaka, Mike Reynolds, Misaki Kawai, TM Sisters and Yoko Ono.

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MUSIC
The 17th annual Culver City Music Festival kicks off tonight in the courtyard of Culver City City Hall at 7 pm with Spanish flamenco and percussion with Incendio, followed by Argentinian rock with Los Pinguos. Free.

*Pencil pick of the day

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