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Pencil This In: A Late-Night Zoo Party; LA Phil Plays Sibelius; Lucha VaVoom and The Kennedy Administration

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Here’s our short list of what’s happening in LA tonight. The LA Zoo kicks off a late-night party series; the Hammer’s galleries stay open late with live music, DJs and libations; Sibelius’s Violin Concerto takes center stage at the Hollywood Bowl; Lucha VaVoom holds a Cinco de Mayo party; The Kennedy Administration has a little comedy, music and magic in store. Read on for all the details.

To celebrate the Hammer’s current exhibition A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living, the museum partners with KCRW for its Music for Better Living series tonight at 7 pm. DJs Anthony Valadez and Eric J. Lawrence spin the tunes in the courtyard with a special guest performance by Mexican singer-songwriter-actress Ximena Sariñana. Free. There’s a cash bar and the galleries stay open late. Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6 pm.

The LA Zoo kicks off its new Roaring Nights series tonight from 7-10 pm, featuring live music, comedy, food and drinks. Some of the animals will be hanging out and staying up late just for the occasion, too. Comedians Rob Gleeson and Jonny Loquasto perform at the petting zoo. The band So Many Wizards also performs. Food trucks expected: the Grilled Cheese Truck, Coolhaus, Komodo Truck and Crepe'n Around. Tickets: $18; $15 for GLAZA and KCRW members.

The LA Phil, directed by Michael Tilson Thomas, is at the Hollywood Bowl tonight, performing a great classical program that includes violinist Gil Shaham performing Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. Thomas also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Dubinushka. 8 pm. Tickets: $11.50-$114.50.

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Lucha VaVoom’s Cinco de Mayo show was over-sold out, so back by popular demand, the luchadores and other entertainers are staging another Cinco de Mayo show tonight at The Mayan in DTLA. Prepare for a mix of Mexican-style lucha libre wrestling, burlesque and comedic commentary. The show features El Vez aka “The Mexican Elvis,” The L’il Homies, Mariachis and many more acts. 8 pm. Tickets: $45.

The Kennedy Administration—a monthly live comedy, music and variety show—takes over Echoes Under Sunset in Echo Park tonight at 9:30 pm. The lineup includes comedian Jonah Ray (Comedy Central, Meltdown), actor Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day), magician Rob Zabrecky and music from Alex Greenwald of Phantom Planet and JJAMZ. Best of all? The evening is free.

The Annenberg Space for Photography presents its Iris Nights lecture series in conjunction with its new exhibit Helmut Newton: White Women * Sleepless Nights * Big Nudes. The lectures kick off tonight at 6:30 pm with celebrity and fashion photographer Tony Duran, whose portfolio includes Natalie Portman, Beyonce, Brad Pitt, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Affleck and Jamie Foxx. The lectures take place at Skylight Studios, directly across from the Annenberg Space. Tickets are free by online reservation on a first-come, first-served basis.

Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park continues its summer concert series tonight with a free performance by Ganstagrass—the Brooklyn-based band that blends hip-hop and bluegrass. They’re best known for writing the theme of FX's hit show, Justified, which was nominated for an Emmy in 2010. The music begins at 8 pm.

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