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Pencil This In: A Bergamot Station Open House and a WhyHunger Benefit

A new mural was unveiled last week at Barnsdall Art Park, featuring the work of three Basque muralists: Aitor Larajin, Ismael Iglesias and Fermin Moreno. (Image: Wathana Lim)
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Hello, Friday! We missed ya. For those looking for something to do tonight, Bergamot Station in Santa Monica is holding an open house; there's night hiking at Upper Las Virgenes Canyon; and a WhyHunger music benefit. Read on for all the details,

Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station holds a special open house—30 Open Doors—tonight from 5-10 pm. The art complex celebrates its remarkable past, present and future with an evening of fine art, food, spirits, music an performance. Explore Bergamot Station’s more than 30 galleries, with great opportunities to get your Christmas/Hanukkah shopping done. Free admission and valet parking available at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

If it’s a clear night tonight, think about heading to Upper Las Virgenes Canyon’s Open Space Preserve for the evening program: King of the Sky: Jupiter. It’s primetime for Jupiter viewing. It’s a ½-mile hike to the telescope viewing platform. Meet at the Victory Boulevard entrance trailhead at 6:30 pm for a two-hour program.

This Friday, the nonprofit WhyHunger is hosts their annual benefit concert at the Hard Rock Hollywood with live performances by Crash Kings, Cary Brothers, Bleu & Jesse Thomas. The organization is building a movement to end hunger and poverty by “connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment.” Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $15. This show is 21+.

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The Library Foundation’s Library Store in the Central Library opens pop-up locations at other libraries just in time for the holidays. The Westwood Branch Library Pop-up Shop will be open until 5:30 pm tonight. The store offers a curated selection of eclectic gifts that will be gift-wrapped free of charge. Purchases support the Los Angeles Public Library

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