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Pencil This In: Skirball Sunset Concert, Fish Fry Variety Show and a Royal Swan Song

An installation by artist Bert Rodriguez closes this week at The Standard, Hollywood. (Image: Courtesy of
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We found a number of artsy events happening around town tonight: The Standard, Hollywood closes out a Bert Rodriguez installation with a party; Simone Forti performs at the Hammer; there's a multimedia variety show/salon at La Luz de Jesus; a final party for a beloved cafe; and a sunset concert. Read on for all the details.

The Skirball Center kicks off its Sunset Concert Series tonight at 8 pm to celebrate music from around the world with featured artists Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga. The virtuoso musicians play a blend of East African and Congolese sounds with a touch of Caribbean flavor. Dance under the stars or view exhibits that are open late. Hint: Carpool or take Metro Rapid 761 because parking is $10 per car (cash only).

There’s a closing reception tonight at the Standard, Hollywood from 7-10 pm tonight for artist Bert Rodriguez’sre-interpretation of his project Where My Eyes Meet You. Every night from 8 pm to 12 am, there’s been a live model on view inside the frosted glass box behind the concierge desk. She may or may not be wearing clothes. The audience never knows, and the Standard’s not one to kiss and tell.

It’s another night of art and music at the Hammer for its Made in L.A. exhibition. Tonight at 7 pm, choreographer Simone Forti presents News Animation Improvisations, which she originally developed in the mid-1980s. Listening and reading the news leading up to Made in L.A., Forti has produced a series of writings and drawings that she translates into collaborative improvisational performances. Also at the Hammer, KCRW’s Valida spins the tunes from 7-10 pm. The galleries stay open late. Admission to both events is free.

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It’s time for Billy's Thursday Night Fish Fry and Community Social #6 at La Luz de Jesus Gallery at 8 pm. This free, all-ages multimedia salon features music, spoken word, unusual performance and more. Blaine Kapatch (Comedy Central, Los Angeles Derby Dolls) serves as MC and tonight’s performers are Gitane Demone (Christian Death); Sioux City Pete solo electric (Sioux City Pete & the Beggars, Seattle); Gabriel Hart (Jail Weddings/The Starvations/Dante vs Zombies); Pedal Steel from Michael Rozon; Juggler/Comedian Scot Nery and projections from Christy Kane's Callalilly.

This is really happening: Royal/T’s final events take place tonight and Friday in a two-night pop-up culinary collaboration withChef Sandra Cordero of Cordero Negro,which happened to be the cosplay cafe’s first pop-up event five years ago. The menu features a 12-course Tapas Tasting Menu ($45+) and selection of bar bites ($5 each). Wine, sangria, and beer are available for additional pairings with the tapas menu, which is available from 6-9 pm tonight and tomorrow.

*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).