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Pencil This In: Fusion Fridays Art Party, Bike Week Events and 'The Outsiders,' 'Rumble Fish' Double Feature

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The Hammer Museum hosts a Bike Night tonight. (Image: Courtesy of the Hammer.)
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TGIF! Here’s what’s happening today in LA: The Pacific Asia Museum launches its Fusion Fridays series; it’s the culmination of Bike Week events in Pasadena and at the Hammer Museum; LA Canvas throws a party for its latest issue release; a double feature screening of The Outsiders and Rumble Fish; a TV writing panel discussion; and music by Andy Grammer, Parachute and Richard Thompson. Read on for all the details.

ART+PERFORMANCE*
Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena kicks off its summer series, Fusion Fridays, tonight at 7:30 pm. It’s an evening that mixes art, performance, food and drinks, plus an Indonesian shadow puppet show, live gamelan music and a special Bollywood dance mix by DJ Arshia. Tickets: $15. Free for museum members.

BIKING
Two great bike week events happening tonight. First up is Bike Night at the Hammer from 7-11 pm. Festivities include bicycle portraits, a screening of the 1983 Australian action movie BMX Bandits, bicycle-centric crafts and free admission to LLYN FOULKES. If you’re biking in, enter through the Hammer’s North entrance on Lindbrook Drive. If you’re driving in, there’s free parking under the museum after 6 pm for $3. But it’s BIKE NIGHT so leave the car at home! Over in Pasadena, there’s a Bike-in movie with Napoleon Dynamite tonight at 8 pm at One Colorado. First, meet up with C.I.C.L.E. at Pasadena Cyclery (1670 E Walnut 91106) at 7 pm for a guided ride to the Courtyard for the screening.

TV PANEL
Writing Pad presents the panel discussion Major Drama: Writing Dramatic TV for the Big Leagues tonight from 8-9:30 pm. What does it take to write a hit TV drama? Learn the secrets from three successful TV drama writers, find out how they broke into the biz, hear behind-the-scenes stories, and their ways on keeping viewers coming back. Tonight’s panelists are Michael Saltzman (Mad Men, Murphy Brown), Jason Grote (Mad Men, Smash) and William Rabkin (Psych, Monk). Cost: $5 (includes snacks and drinks).

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FILM
Stay gold, Ponyboy: The Egyptian Theatre screens a double feature of films by Francis Ford Coppola, based on books written by S.E. Hinton and starring Matt Dillon. At 7:30 pm, it’s The Outsiders (1983) about gang violence in Oklahoma between the Greasers against the Socs. It’s followed by Rumble Fish, again with Dillon, as a young gangbanger, and his loner brother, played by Mickey Rourke. Tickets: $11.

PARTY
LA Canvas presents The Hidden Issue Release Party tonight at 7 pm at The Virgil. There’s a great happy hour from 7-9 pm with $5 well drinks and $6 craft cocktails, plus a hosted bar by Buffalo Trace Bourbon. Tunes provided by DJ Waldo. Of course, the event is 21+.

MUSIC
Couple of music notes tonight: singer-songwriter Andy Grammer and special guest Parachute play the Fonda Theatre. Show is at 9 pm and tickets are $22.50. Richard Thompson plays the John Anson Ford Theatre tonight at 8 pm with his Electric Trio. He’s playing in support of his latest album Electric. Tickets: $34.

*Pencil pick of the day

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