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Pencil This In: West 3rd Street's Holiday Block Party, Childhood Forts Redux and the Last Art Walk of the Year

Holiday bazaar with vinyl toys and paintings for sale at Crewest tonight. (Photo: Crewest Gallery)
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Here's what going on around town tonight: It's the last LA Art Walk of the year in DTLA; Slake hosts writer Ben Ehrenreich; a curator conversation at A+D Museum; Jimi Hendrix film and discussion at the Grammy Museum; and a cool neighborhood holiday party on West 3rd Street in LA. Read on for all the details.

Tonight’s the last Art Walk of the year, and one of our favorite downtown galleries, Crewest, is holding its Holiday Bazaar from 6-10 pm. All artwork purchased can be taken right off the wall, so get there early for first dibs. Paintings, vinyl toys and $20 T-shirts. Tons of work by street and graffiti artists.

The shops, boutiques and restaurants of LA's West 3rd Street neighborhood are celebrating the holiday shopping season tonight from 6-9 pm with outdoor fun with photobooths, food, live music, stilt walkers, fire eaters, an a cappella group and Santa. Some of our favorite stores are getting into the spirit of the season: Flight 001 - An art show of the spectacular work of Ricky Sencion featuring There’s an all-night happy hour at Sushi Roku; wine and cider and treats at Joan’s on Third; banana pudding samples from Magnolia Bakery; handmade crafts at Freehand and an art show featuring Fisher Price’s Little People at Flight 001. And don’t be daunted by the usually dismal parking situation—look for the valet signs along the street.

Slake After Dark presents novelist and journalist Ben Ehrenreich, who’ll read from his recently released novel, Ether, at Atwater Crossing. There will be a discussion with the author about fiction, journalism, and the writer’s life after the reading. The evening caps off with a performance by bluegrass trio Triple Chicken Foot. Atwater Crossing Kitchen will be open for dinner and wine. Doors at 7 pm, reading at 7:30.

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The Grammy Museum presents Reel to Reel: Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix At The Isle of Wight tonight by Murray Lerner at 7:30 pm. The film will be introduced by Hendrix’s sister, Janie, followed by a panel discussion moderated by the Museum’s Executive Director Bob Santelli with Billy Cox, bassist of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, filmmaker Lerner and John McDermott, Producer and Catalog Director of the Experience Hendrix catalog and co-author ofJimi Hendrix: Sessions: The Complete Studio Recording Sessions, 1963-1970 and Ultimate Hendrix: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of live Concerts & Sessions. Admission is $10; reservations required. To reserve your seats, please call 213.765.6800 or e-mail

Tonight at 6:30 pm, the A+D Museum presents an inCONVERSATION event with Eames Words co-curators Deborah Sussman and Andrew Byrom. Typographer Byrom sits down with Sussman, principal of Sussman/Prejza, to discuss her career and their recent collaboration on designing the museum's current exhibition. Admission: $15, $7 student w/valid ID, A+D Members free.

The art collective cARTel makes its Downtown Artwalk premiere tonight with the show: FORT: Gallery. Party. Playground. For the installation, 10 artists were asked to create and install their version of a childhood fort in a in a 25,000 square foot space, which surrounds a pillow playground. FORT includes interactive art, food trucks, live music, vendors, giveaways, $5 craft beers, a special DJ set by GOJ!RA. 8 pm-1 am at Angel City Brewing

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