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Pencil This In: First Fridays at the Natural History Museum, Dance Downtown and Crewest Art Opening

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Tonight’s the last First Friday of the season at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park. So it’s your chance to get educated while rocking out at the same time. Tours and discussions begin at 5:30 and topics include shells and the dinosaur-bird connection. The music begins at 8 pm with live performances by Gayngs and Dirty Beaches. KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Dan Wilcox spin in the lounge at the African Mammal Hall. Tickets: $5-$12.

Crewest Gallery presents the exhibition The Art of Transportation with an opening reception tonight. The show explores art making on vehicles, with artists expanding their canvases to include the sides of trains, buses, cars, freeways. The exhibit include paintings, photos and small-scale vehicles. Live painting by Else ICR on the Mobile Mural Lab, and works by featured artist James Bentley and Benny Diar, paralyzed from neck down and paints using his mouth and a brush.

Active Arts at the Music Center presents the next installment of Dance Downtown, a free evening of music and dance. There’s a country vibe going on tonight with line dancing and two-stepping. No partners or experience needed. Dance the night away with beginners lessons and live music under the stars. There are complimentary beginner lessons starting at 6:30 pm and throughout the evening.

Acts in town tonight: Arctic Monkeys at the Hollywood Palladium; an acoustic evening with John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett at the Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge andThe Antlers at the El Rey.
*Pencil pick of the day

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Previously on LAist:
> LAist Film Calendar
> Contemporary Dance: Meg Wolfe Shakes It Up @ REDCAT

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