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Pencil This In: Dancing at the Music Center, Karaoke Dance Party and Teen Angst

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There's swing dancing at the Music Center tonight. / Photo by ve®onica via LAist's flickr pool.


There's swing dancing at the Music Center tonight. / Photo by ve®onica via LAist's flickr pool.
KARAOKE DANCE PARTY*
The art gallery Poketo and Royal/T are teaming up tonight for a Karaoke Dance Party from 8 pm-1 am at Royal/T. Dance or sing. The choice is yours. If you sign up for karaoke, there’s a chance you could be Poketo’s first Karaoke Idol -- and walk away with some pretty sweet prizes. Poketo’s pop-up shop open will be open all night as well as Royal/T’s cafe and bar, serving beer, wine, and Poketo's Japanese street food inspired menu throughout the evening. Come early for happy hour(s) from 8-10 pm. There’s no cover charge either. RSVP here.

FILM FEST
The Old Pasadena Film Festival opens tonight with free screenings of Notting Hill (at 54 S. Raymond) and The King and I (One Colorado Courtyard). The two-week festival runs through July 25 and features mostly outdoor film screenings. For a complete lineup (that includes classics like Sixteen Candles and Footloose) click here.

ART
Japanese artist Katsuyoshi Matsuzaki has created stone sculpture for more than 20 years. For the past three years, his work -- for outdoor Japanese gardens and indoor decor -- has been exhibited at 45RPM in New York, and most recently Matsuzaki’s work was selected for the permanent exhibition in the Tokyo International Airport. Tonight’s he’ll be at Tortoise gallery on Abbot Kinney in Venice for an opening-night reception from 6-9 pm. His work will be on display at the gallery until July 26.

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PERFORMANCECaptured Aural Phantasy Theater is back with a show Teen Angst A-Go-GO! for two weekends only. Teen Angst A-Go-GO! examines hormone-raging puberty through the lens of mid-century pop culture. It’s basically a LIVE, retro-influenced variety show built around radio show-style readings of real mid-century comic book stories. The show begins tonight at 8 pm at Alexandria Hotel, Palm Court Ballroom, 1st Floor. Tickets are $10.

DANCE
Active Arts at the Music Center continues its “Dance Downtown” series for serious hoofers and left-footers. Tonight, the dance is West Coast swing with music provided by the Jumpin’ Joz Band. Complimentary beginner lessons start at 6:30 pm at the Music Center Plaza and continue throughout the evening (until 10 pm anyway). The admission’s free, but donations won’t be turned down.

SLURPEES
7-Eleven is holding a 2009 "Slurpee-bration," a pre-birthday party today (7-10). 7-Eleven will give away a one-year supply of Slurpees* to the first 100 diehard fans who line up at the North Hollywood store located (Vineland Ave and Vanowen St.)

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