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Pencil This In: Free Music with The Belle Brigade, No Age; Tim Youd's Typing Performance; 'Up in Smoke' Screening

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We've pulled together a seriously epic list of events for you to choose from tonight. There's a Popshop West showcase with Night Terrors of 1927 and others; Skylar Grey plays the Bootleg; Kyle Field's exhibition closes with a reception that features music by Field's Little Wing; both the Belle Brigade and No Age play free shows; The L.A. Zoo concludes its late-night party series; the Hammer's galleries stay open late with live music and DJs; a screening of Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke; and more. Read on for all the details:

MUSIC*
Tonight at 8 p.m, The Skirball kicks off its 2013 Sunset Concerts series with a free concert featuring the L.A. brother and sister duo, The Belle Brigade. The band blends "classic Americana influences, breezy California melodies, and infectious harmonies." Music is in the blood of Ethan and Barbara Gruska. Their dad is musician Jay Gruska and their grandfather is legendary film composer John Williams. Get there early to explore the Skirball or see Gary Baseman's exhibition if you haven't already. Parking is $10, cash only.

PERFORMANCE ART
Artist Tim Youd continues his performance piece Types Out Live on the steps of the Los Angeles Terminal Annex Post Office today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. He's typing out Charles Bukowki's Post Office in a "regional conceptualism" piece: "Youd performs the works in locales geographically related to either the author's life or the plot of the novel. Utilizing the same make and model typewriter used by the author in its original creation, Youd types the novel on a single page run through the machine over and over." He's using an Underwood Champion just like the one Bukowski used, and the locale is of much significance to the famed author: Bukowski sorted mail for fourteen years at the Terminal Annex. The piece concludes with an exhibition at Perform Chinatown 2013 on Saturday.

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MUSIC
Hit City U.S.A. and Neon Gold present a Popshop West showcase at The Echo tonight. On the bill: Night Terrors of 1927, Jaymes Young and Dead Times. Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Over at the Bootleg Theater, Skylar Grey—five-time GRAMMY-nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist—plays a show tonight to celebrate the release of her new album Don’t Look Down. Grey has written some of the catchiest tunes including Eminem's/Rihanna's "Love The Way You Lie." TeamMate opens for Grey. Tickets: $15-$20. Both shows are 21+.

MUSIC + ART
To celebrate the closing of Kyle Field's exhibition Wide Daylight, Taylor de Cordoba gallery in Culver City presents a closing reception with music by Little Wings (Field) with Jake Longstreth tonight at 7:30 p.m. BYOB. RSVP: rsvp@taylordecordoba.com.

MUSIC AT THE PIER
If you're on the Westside, might want to check out the freeTwilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier at 7 p.m. Headlining tonight is L.A.'s own two-person experimental punk group No Age with the surf-garage band Tijuana Panthers opening.

THEATER
David Lindsay-Abaire's popular dark comedy Kimberly Akimbo is back for another SoCal run. This time it's the newcomer Theatricians company, a group of recent UCSB theater graduates, giving it the old college try. Playing Thursday through Sunday nights at 8 through Aug. 11 at the Studio/Stage in Koreatown. Tickets $25 and $16.50.

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FILM
Film Independent at LACMA presents the 35th anniversary screening of the Cheech and Chong classic Up in Smoke tonight at 7:30 p.m. The comedy duo Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong invented the stoner comedy subgenre. In the film, Man (Chong) and Pedro (Cheech) hit the road to escape their parents and shirk any kind of life responsibility. According to Film Independent: "And, later, their aimless voyage in a van made of the miracle substance 'fiberweed' takes Man and Pedro on a mythic search for sex, weed, food, weed, rock and roll and, of course, weed." Tickets: $10 general, $7 LACMA members and $5 for Film Independent members. Screening at the Bing Theater at LACMA.

AWARENESS FESTIVALThe fourth annual Awareness Film/Art/Music Festivalbegins today through Sunday in Santa Monica. It brings together filmmakers, artists, educators, environmentalists, alternative health practitioners and other industry professionals with the goal of trying to inspire and engage the public of more mindful living. Themes represented at the film festival include the environment, health, women's issues, arts, spirituality and much more. Festival venues include: the Aero, the Laemmle Monica 4-Plex, Magicopolis, the Promenade Playhouse and the Heal One World Healthy Living Center. Festival prices range from free panels and select free screenings, to $11 for individual presale tickets, $14 at the door, to $175 for VIP festival passes.

MUSIC
To celebrate the Hammer's current exhibition A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living, the museum continues its music series Music for Better Living tonight at 7 p.m. Spinning tunes in the courtyard are KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe and Mario Cotto with a special guests Classixx. Admission is free, and the galleries stay open late. There's a cash bar available, and parking is $3 after 6 p.m. under the museum for $3.

NIGHT AT THE ZOO
The LA Zoo holds the finale in its Roaring Nights series tonight from 7-10 pm. The evening features live music by the band NO; DJ Morningstar spin tunes at the zoo's carousel and comedy troupes will be performing in the petting zoo. Food trucks, including the Grilled Cheese Truck, Coolhaus, Komodo Truck and Crepe'n Around will be on hand, along with full bar service. Biking to the Zoo is encouraged, and the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition (LACBC) will provide free bike valet. Some of the animals will be hanging out and staying up late just for the occasion, too. Tickets: $18; $15 for GLAZA and KCRW members. The event is 18+.

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