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Pencil This In: Punk and Glam Photo Exhibition; Disney Singalong; Summer Solstice Music; Lit Rock and Readings

Mike Ness of Social Distortion on Chromata canvas by John Scarpati. (Image: Courtesy of La Luz de Jesus Gallery)
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Great stuff happening tonight in LA. There's a pop-up punk photography exhibition and book signing, featuring the works of John Scarpati; a summer solstice extravaganza at HM157; 'Say the Word' reading series at the Skirball; a Disney singalong at Disney Hall; and a literary rock band. Read on for all the details.

La Luz de Jesus Gallery holds a pop-up photography exhibit and reception that features the work of John Scarpati, the “house photographer for the Sunset Strip of the 1980s, when Punk & Glam were twins.” The even also marks the release of Scarpati’s book Cramp, Slash & Burn: When Punk & Glam Were Twins. 8-11 pm.

HM157 in Lincoln Heights presents the 4th annual Summer Solstice Extravaganza, a night of eclectic music and entertainment celebrating the beginning of summer. On the bill: The Fancy Space People, Dirt Bird, Dead Western, The Soft Bombs, Buffalo Electric, Oliwa’s ¡Yes Way! Plus, comedy and tap dancing! 8 pm. $10 suggested donation.

The Skirball presents Say the Word, a popular reading comedy series hosted by Hosted by Un-Cabaret’s Beth Lapides. The event is being held in conjunction with Project Mah Jongg, featuring stories about winning, losing and playing by the rules. Or not. The evening features actor Bill Brochthrup (Dexter), actor/producer Dan Bucatinsky (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Weeds), actor Wayne Federman (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), comedian Moshe Kasher (Comedy Central, Chelsea Lately), Jon Kinnally (executive producer of Will & Grace), and Peter Mehlman (executive producer of Seinfeld). Tickets: $8-15. This event is 21+.

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Tonight, there’s a screening of the Big Easy Express, a documentary directed by Emmett Malloy (White Stripes - Under The Great White Northern Lights) that captures the bands Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show as they traveled aboard a vintage train for an eight-day journey through the American Southwest. The train made six stops to perform for crowds from Oakland to New Orleans, on what they called the Railroad Revival Tour in April 2011. Tonight at 10 pm at Regal Cinemas LA LIVE 11, followd by a Q&A with director Emmett Malloy. Tickets: $13.

There’s a singalong tonight at 6:30 pm at Walt Disney Concert Hall’s W.M. Keck Foundation Childrens Amphitheatre atfeaturing Disney favorites. This gives you a chance to belt out some of your favorite tunes in public. Singers of all levels are welcome and easy-to-use song sheets are provided. No experience necessary. Free. Tickets are distributed starting at 6pm, one per person waiting in line, first come, first served.

Giants of the literary world descend on the El Rey tonight at 8:30 pm for An Evening with The Rock Bottom Remainders—a rock band featuring the talents of Stephen King, Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, Scott Turow, Matt Groening, James McBride, Greg Iles, Ridley Pearson, Roy Blount, Jr, and Sam Barry. Special guest tonight is Roger McGuinn of The Byrds. Tickets for the concert: $40; concert and pre-reception with the band 6:30-7:30 pm: $200. Chip in another $95 and you’ll get a signed lithograph by the band.

Also, remember that Dwell on Design continues through the weekend as does the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

*Pencil pick of the day

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