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Pencil This In: 30th Anniversary Screening of 'Valley Girl,' Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr Show and Beverly Boulevard on View

The Architecture and Design Museum opens the exhibition 'Windshield Perspective' with a focus on Beverly Boulevard. (Image: Tom Bonner/Courtesy of A+D Museum)
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We sort through a lot of events and happenings around LA so you don’t have to. There’s a great lineup tonight, including a 30th anniversary celebration of Valley Girl, an art exhibition dedicated to a stretch of Beverly Boulevard, a performance by Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, a panel discussion on foraging in LA and an evening of spin the wheel storytelling. Read on for all the details.

The Architecture and Design Museum opens the exhibition Windshield Perspective that focuses on a stretch of Beverly Boulevard from Normandie to Virgil. Using the windshield as a lens and a shield, the exhibit recreates the drive down the stretch of road, revealing a part of LA that most of us miss while just driving through. There’s an opening reception tonight from 6-9 pm that features food and music from Beverly Boulevard. Tickets: $20, $15 for students with ID and free for museum members. Windshield Perspective will remain on view through July 9.

Tonight at 8 pm at Fais Do-Do, it’s an evening of Shotgun Storyworthy. Participants spin the Story Worthy Wheel of Truth and whatever topic it lands on, she or he must tell a true one to three-minute story about the topic. The game is played in three rounds with judges judging on story, time, and ability to stay on topic. Tonight’s featured storytellers are Blaine Capatch, Annabelle Gurwitch, Toby Huss and Cathy Ladman. Guest judges tonight are comedian Rick Overton and Kerry Armstrong from the MOTH LA. The music starts at 7:30 pm with Allie Goertz. Free. 21+.

Tonight the Skirball Center welcomes Common Chords—an ensemble of musicians from diverse cultures—led by Pakistani singer/guitarist Salman Ahmad and klezmer violinist Yale Strom. They're joined by other accomplished musicians who use music to bridge cultural and religious divides. Among the players are singer Elizabeth Schwartz, Samir Chatterjee (tabla), Mark Dresser (bass), Sunny Jain of Red Baraat (dhol), Lou Fanucchi (accordion) and Tripp Sprague (sax and flute). The music is a blend of bhangra, rock, jazz, Indian, Sufi, klezmer and other genres. Tickets: $30 general public and $25 for full-time students.

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Film Independent at LACMA presents a 30th Anniversary Screening of Valley Girl, starring Nicholas Cage, and directed by Martha Coolidge. It's Cage's first stint as leading man, focusing on the class divide between the prim and proper and the punk world in LA. Or, maybe it's a geographic divide between the denizens of city and the valley. The evening includes a conversation with director Coolidge. Your best '80s wear / costumes are encouraged. There's a costume contest and reception following the screening. Tickets: $10 for the general public. 7:30 pm.

The Detroit-based band Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr celebrates the release of their new EP Patterns with a show at the El Rey tonight. Bad Suns opens. 8 pm. Tickets: $20.

Famed photographer Harry Benson—who has photographed every president since Eisenhower—will sign copies of his new book Harry Benson: The Beatles on the Road 1964-66 at Taschen in Los Angeles' Farmer's Market tonight from 7-9 pm. RSVPs required since space is limited.

Santa Monica Farmers Markets continues its 2013 Quarterly Library Panel Series with a discussion on Gleaning & Foraging, moderated by master gardener Sarah Spitz. Though many people in LA are living in food deserts, fresh food does exist if you know where to look. On the panel tonight are: Austin Young of Fallen Fruit; Christy Porter of Hidden Harvest; Richard Weinroth of MEND Poverty; Naomi Curland of Organizer Westside Produce Exchange; Mary Baldwin of Food Forward; and Mia Wasilevich of Transitional Gastronomy. 7-8:30 pm at the Santa Monica Library. Stay after the program for snacks prepared by Wasilevich.

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