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Pencil This In: 'Big Balls' on View, Sunset Concert at the Skirball, Cocktails and Gigolos at the Writer's Room

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It's one of those nights where we wish we could be in three places at once. Lots of great events happening in LA: Ghettogloss holds a golf ball art exhibit; The Alaev Family plays at the Skirball; Dutch author Heleen van Royen speaks at The Writer's Room; it's a night of creative arts at El Cid; and two museums MOCA and the Hammer mix art and dance and art and music, respectively. Read on for all the details. BIG BALLS*
Tonight at the Wilson Harding Golf Course in Griffith Park, Ghettogloss presents the art exhibition I got Big Balls: 100 golfballs by 100 artists. The multimedia exhibit include video projections, DJ Miss Bliss, live music, and 100 golf balls decorated and signed by 100 participating artists, including Dogtown skateboarding legend Tony Alva, L.A. street artist and toy designer Luke Chueh, Moon Unit Zappa and musician/artist Allee Willis. Proceeds from sale of the art will be donated to the "Free Arts for Abused Children" program, The balls will be on view from 7-10 pm and the party continues until midnight. Attendees must drive into Griffith Park by 10 pm for entry. Free, but RSVP to for ball prices and exact directions.

The Skirball Center’s Sunset Concert Series continues tonight at 8 pm to celebrate music from around the world with featured artists The Alaev Family.The eight-member multigenerational band, originally from Tajikistan and now based in Israel, meld Central Asian, Turkish, Persian and Russian traditions as well as the Jewish music of Bukhara. 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).

Cocktails, Gigolos & Literary Kicks is a showcase tonight at The Writer’s Room with Dutch author Heleen van Royen, author of the sexually provocative 2001 novel The Happy Housewife. She’s currently on tour with a Dutch film team to promote her new novella, The Gigolo, a “true account of her audacious foray into the world of ‘Sex on Order...’” 7:30 pm. Free.

Tonight at 9 pm at El Cid, The KTCHN presents: Gallery J -- AUDIBLE. VISUAL. EDIBLE. It’s an evening of creative arts with djs, three bands (Kiven, Vas Defrans and Kingsley) inside, local LA visual artists (Faith Oftadeh, Sheena Snyder, Jessica Stein and others) on the patio and a secret menu item. 21+. $10 cover.

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MOCA presents the second installment tonight of Framework, a dance- meets-art 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 at 7 pm and lasts approximately 30 minutes. Capacity is limited and entry will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Free.

Made in L.A. Music series continues at the Hammer tonight from 7-10 pm. KCRW’s Jeremy Sole spins tunes and Made in L.A. artist Zac Monday performs. The galleries stay open late and admission is free.

*Pencil pick of the day

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