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Pencil This In: Freestyle Fellowship and Breakestra at LACMA, Slake after Dark Reading, Marissa Roth Photos and 'Bluetopia'

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There's an eclectic mix of events happening in LA tonight, from Freestyle Fellowship and Breakestra at LACMA; Slake After Dark reading with Joseph Mattson; a Skirball Sunset Concert; a science and tech discussion with David Brin and Paul Rosenbloom; a screening of 'Bluetopia'; and Marissa Roth's photographs at the Museum of Tolerance. Read on for all the details.

LACMA's Through The Mic Series presents a concert tonight with classic LA hip-hop outfit Freestyle Fellowship and the funky Breakestra tonight at 7 pm. BP Grand Entrance. $12 members; $17 general admission.

Slake After Dark presents an evening of readings from writer Joseph Mattson tonight at 7 pm at Atwater Village Crossing. It’s a retrospective of his work—including the collection Eat Hell, his novel Empty the Sun, his current work-in-progress Hexico, his pieces in Slake and more. Opening the evening is a live set by Alex Maslansky of Horse Thieves and closing the event is Gabriel Hart of Jail Weddings. There’s also a conversation with Mattson with Slake editors Joe Donnelly and Laurie Ochoa. RSVP recommended.

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KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum presents the public program NEXT: Our Inevitable Future—Science and Technology as Global Game Changers at 7 pm tonight. Hear about the new frontiers where science is meeting technology. On the panel tonight are sci-fi writer, scientist and futurist David Brin and artificial intelligence researcher Paul Rosenbloom. They’ll be interviewed by Mat Kaplan, host of Planetary Radio. Admission is FREE, but RSVPs are required. 7 pm.

The Craft and Folk Art Museum screens the Timothy Marx film Bluetopia: The LA Dodgers Movie tonight at 7 pm. To celebrate the Dodgers’ 50th year in LA, Bluetopia follows diehard fans through the 2008 season. Says CAFAM: “This film is as much about love as it is about baseball.” Producer/director Timothy Marx introduces the film and takes questions after the screening. RSVP to Free with museum admission ($7 general).

Tonight at 7 pm, the Museum of Tolerance holds an opening reception tonight for the photo exhibition One Person Crying: Women and War, an exhibition of photographs by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer Marissa Roth. This photo essay of 88 prints, 28 years in the making, addresses the immediate and long-term effects of war on women. It covers 12 conflicts across the world, starting with her own history as a child of Holocaust refugees. Free underground parking.

The Skirball Center continues its Sunset Concert Series tonight at 8 pm, celebrating music from around the world with De Temps Antan. Éric Beaudry, André Brunet and Pierre-Luc Dupuis perform energetic, foot-stomping music from Quebec’s musical past using the fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki, foot percussion and other instruments. Dance under the stars or view exhibits that are open late. Free, no reservations required. Hint: Carpool or take Metro Rapid 761 because parking is $10 per car (cash only).

Believer magazine celebrates the release of a new, music-themed issue Love Songs for Lamps to benefit 826LA with a party tonight at 7 pm at The Echoplex. Special musical guests Laura Leif & Amber Phelps, The Memories, The Shivas, Mom, Katie & the Lichen, Calvin Johnson, Happy Noose, and Sewn Leather. Tickets: $8.

*Pencil pick of the day

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