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Pencil This In: Live Readings at Outfest; Music History with Josh Kun and Quetzal; and Art by CANTSTOPGOODBOY

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Here’s our short list of what’s happening in LA tonight. The LA Zoo continues its late-night party series; the Hammer’s galleries stay open late with live music by Fol Chen, DJs and libations; LA history and music discussion with Josh Kun and Quetzal; an art openig with CANTSTOPGOODBOY; a live screenplay reading at Outfest; concerts across town by Meshell Ndegeocello, Orquesta Son Mayor, White Arrows, Pyyramids and more. Read on for all the details:

As part of the Outfest film festival, being held in venues across LA, there’sa live reading of the 2013 Outfest Screenwriting Lab scripts tonight at 7 pm at the Directors Guild. Select scenes have been chosen from each of the five 2013 Screenwriting Lab Fellows’ scripts and will be performed by LGBT and queer-friendly actors. The Fellows and scripts are: Adam Baran, The Hidden People; Rosie Haber, Soledad; Michael Feldman, Be Well; Peter Mercurio, Found; and Julia Dwyer Sullivan, HAG. They were mentored by Austin Bunn, Kyle Alvarez, Patricia Resnick, Guinevere Turner and Barry Sandler. Tickets: $13.

Tonight at 7:15 pm, ALOUD at the Central Library presents the program Songs in the Key of Los Angeles. It’s a “musical conversation” between author and music historian Josh Kun and LA’s own boundary pushing, Grammy-winning band Quetzal. The program is part of the exhibition of the same name that showcases the sheet music collection of the Los Angeles Public Library, and the archive promises to come alive in story and song tonight. Free, but standby only.

If you feel like dancing tonight, then head over to the Autry National Center in Griffith Park because it’s holding one of its Sizzling Summer Nightsfrom 6-9 pm. This all-ages outdoor dance party features LA’s best Latin and salsa bands and they’ll throw in dance lessons, too. Tonight’s band is the veteran LA band Orquesta Son Mayor bringing their Cuban rhythms and sounds. The taco and adult drink bar opens at 6 pm, and the museum and the Autry Store both stay open until 8 pm. Admission: $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors 60+, $4 for kids ages 4-12. Free for Autry members, veterans and children age 2 and younger.

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There’s a good music lineup at the Bootleg Bar tonight, with White Arrows headlining and opening acts Pyyramids (Tim Nordwind from OK Go and Drea Smith from He Say, She Say), Groundislava, Beach Party and DJ Kat Corbett. Doors at 8 pm and the show begins at 9 pm. The show is 18+. Tickets: $12-15.

If you’re on the Westside, the think about checking out the free Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier at 7 pm. Headlining tonight is 10-time Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello with opener The Record Company. At last week’s first concert of the season, we hear there were nearly 10,000 people in attendance. If you don’t want to fight the crowds or traffic, the concert will be livestreamed via MySpace.

Tonight at 7 pm, Project Gallery holds an opening reception for the new exhibition C.S.G.B. featuring work by muralist and contemporary artist CANTSTOPGOODBOY. Incorporating mixed media, vintage comics and pop culture imagery, the LA native has created a mural specifically at Project. Also showing tonight are several small installations and 16 original paintings. RSVP to: If you can’t make the reception, the exhibition remains on view through Aug. 11.

To celebrate the Hammer’s current exhibition A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living, the museum continues its music series Music for Better Living tonight at 7 pm. Spinning tunes in the courtyard are KCRW DJs Raul Campos and Valida with a live music set by Fol Chen. Admission is free, and the galleries stay open late. There’s a cash bar available, and parking is $3 after 6 pm under the museum for $3.

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The LA Zoo holds the second event in its Roaring Nights series tonight from 7-10 pm. The evening features live music by the band Chief, comedy in the petting zoo by Francisco Ramos and Helen Hong, food trucks and adult beverages. Some of the animals will be hanging out and staying up late just for the occasion, too. Tickets: $18; $15 for GLAZA and KCRW members.

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