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Pencil This In: Hip Hop Series at LACMA; Dance and Art at MOCA; Customizing Toms for a Cause; and Storytelling

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There are a number of fun events happening in LA's museums tonight: LACMA's hip hop series; a dance project in MOCA galleries; Music in LA at the Hammer; storytellers recount stories they won't tell mom; and a children's benefit with Tom's shoes tonight in Beverly Hills. Read on for all the details.

Despite the issues surrounding MOCA lately, the museum has a great program tonight by the L.A. Dance Project/Benjamin Millepied and artist Mark Bradford. FRAMEWORK is a series of site-specific dance performances in the galleries at MOCA Grand Avenue, where The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Warhol is now on view. The performance begins promptly at 7 pm and lasts approximately 30 minutes. Capacity is limited and entry will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Free.

For the third installment of Through the Mic—LACMA’s groundbreaking hip hop music series—the museum presents a concert at 7 pm with the duo People Under The Stairs, Skeme and VerBS. Co-curated by LACMA and hip hop artist Murs, the series focuses on the diversity of L.A.-based, contemporary hip hop. After each concert, select galleries are open late for concert-goers only, including Chris Burden’s Metropolis II. Tickets: $15 general, $10 LACMA members.

The Hammer and KCRW continue the Made in LA: Music series from 7-10 pm with KCRW’s Chris Douridas and Poolside spinning the tunes. The galleries stay open late. Admission is free, and cash bar available, too.

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The storytelling series Don't Tell My Mother! The Big, Gay Show takes over the Bang Comedy Theater tonight at 8 pm. Created by 20th Century Fox film producer Nikki Levy, writers and performers share true stories (around a particular theme) they'd NEVER want their moms to know. Tonight’s theme is GAY, so come see David Dean Bottrell (Boston Legal), Jack Plotnick (Reno 911), Jen Kober (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Gary & Larry Lane (Hollywood to Dollywood), Nikki Levy (Fox producer) and Frangela (Best Week Ever). Tickets: $15+ service fee.

Tonight, TOMS shoes hosts a "Style Your Sole" event from 6-9pm at the Beverly Hills' Avalon Hotel. The event-party brings people together to raise money kids by purchasing a pair of shoes and then having a local artist customize the kicks.

*Pencil pick of the day

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

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