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Pencil This In: Free Seun Kuti Concert, Pop Art and a Little Zoo Music

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We hear something big is happening in LA this weekend. Rhymes with Shmarmageddon or something like that. But don't let the fear of freeway closures deter you from venturing out. Maybe it won't be that bad, after all. If you want to do something tonight before the 405 shutdown, then check out these events: Music at the Zoo, LACMA films, Seun Kuti and tons of pop and street art. Deets to follow.


The Corey Helford Gallery opens a show tonight featuring the work of the artist COOP.
Outgoing LACMA film curator Ian Birnie—who’s being replaced by KCRW’s Elvis Mitchell—continues his final film series tonight. Classic Cinema: Curator and Audience Favorites, which runs through the end of the month, brings back past favorites back for an encore. On the program tonight are comedies Sullivan’s Travels, by Preston Sturges starring Veronica Lake, at 7:30 pm and To Be or Not to Be at 9:10 pm by Ernst Lubitsch. $10 for both, and $5 for To Be Or Not to Be only.

Eight local indie bands take over the LA Zoo tonight for Music in the Zoo featuring the music of Abe Vigoda, Hands, Kitten, HoneyHoney, Mini Mansions, Allah Lahs, Big Search and Pollyn. 6-9 pm. There will be beer and wine bar and tons of foods available for purchase. Admission for the zoo’s non-members is $17 for adults and $11 for children ages 6 to 15. Kids 5 and younger are free. And don’t worry, they’re making sure that the animals don’t get freaked by all this crazy human music.  

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Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City opens a solo show (Idle Hands) by pop artist Coop. His signature style—self-described as “hillbilly sex crime pop art”— features bold colors with a bawdy bent. The opening reception will be held tonight from 7-10, and will be on view through Aug. 3.

Grand Performances welcomes African music scion Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 for a free concert tonight at California Plaza. Son of Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti and the famous Egypt 80 Band will be sure to bring the funk, soul and rage against corruption and injustice in Africa to the forefront tonight. Kuti celebrates his new release From Africa with Fury: Rise. 8 pm.

LAB ART Los Angeles, the nation's largest art gallery dedicated to street art, opens the Miss Danger on the Loose exhibition to the public tonight. Up-and-coming female street artists are featured in the show including: K H No. 7, Sarah'sIncognito, Clio, Becca Midwood, Random Act, ADVNTRS, Lydia Emily, E, Kym CBS, Lori McMichael, Gretta Kruesi, Olec, Sand One, VIA, Katherine Narducci and Jules Muck. The works will be on view through Aug. 18.

*Pencil pick of the day

> Heads up on this Carmageddon deal: We found out that admission to the Hammer Museum is free tomorrow and Sunday.

Want more events? Follow me on Twitter (@christineziemba). Or follow Lauren Lloyd—who takes care of Pencil on Wednesdays (@LadyyyLloyd).