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Pencil This In: Cocktails at Damon's, Disco Dancing at the Music Center, Rock and Rap Photo Exhibit

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An exhibit of Janette Beckman's rock and rap photography opens today. | Easy E by Janette Beckman

An exhibit of Janette Beckman's rock and rap photography opens today. | Easy E by Janette Beckman

The Elephant Theatre Company presents the West Coast premiere of Parasite Drag by Mark Roberts (Two and a Half Men producer) opening tonight and runs through Sept. 18. The “darkly comic” play focuses on two estranged brothers who must come together to make arrangements for their sister, whose drug abuse have taken its toll. 8 pm. Opening night tickets are $30, which includes an opening reception with cast following the performance. ART
There’s an opening reception tonight for Janette Beckman’s photography exhibition at Project Space on La Brea. For Archive of Attitude, Beckman assembles photos that span from her time in London during the punk era through the NY and LA hip-hop decade. According to the gallery, “The show will feature artifacts and photographs of musicians, their fans and youth culture.”

It’s time for the 49th annual Sunland-Tujunga Lions Watermelon Festival at Sunland Park Recreation Center. The weekend festival opens today at 5 pm and runs through Sunday. There will be watermelon, live entertainment, a food court, carnival rides, games and raffles. Tickets: $2.

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Dance Downtown takes over the Music Center Plaza tonight at 6:30 pm. The theme? Disco. So bring your bell bottoms, platform shoes and your best polyester outfits to groove to the tunes being played throughout the evening. Lessons on the hustle and other dances throughout the evening. No experience necessary. Free (but donations are welcome). Parking is available in the Music Center garage for $9. But really, take public transportation if you can. It's cheaper.

The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles is holding its monthly Cocktails in Historic Places event at Damon's Steak House in Glendale tonight at 6 pm. “Damon’s was founded in 1937 by Loyal Adelbert Damon, originally on Central Avenue, and it is one of the few remaining staples of classic Glendale. It features a vintage Polynesian theme and décor with rich, dark woods, palms, aquariums, and beautiful murals painted by the late Bettina Byrne...The bar is famous for its smooth and strong Mai Tais, Chi Chis, and Lava Flows, as well as many other classic cocktails.”

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