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Pencil This In: Ozomatli, Jackson Browne Celebrate the Songs of LA, Doodle Art, Pop Art and a Deadly Thriller

José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros' 'DisHollywood' opens at La Luz de Jesus Gallery tonight. (Image: Courtesy of the artist and gallery.)
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We found a number of events happening tonight that are a great way to kick off the weekend. There’s doodle art by Jim Rugg in Silver Lake; a pop culture art mashup by José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros at La Luz de Jesus; Ozomatli and Jackson Browne and others pay tribute to the songs of LA; there’s a talkbalk with the stars of the new film Breaking the Girls; and Max Silvestri wants an audience as he records his new comedy album. Read on for all the details.

Still using ballpoint pens and plain, ruled notebook paper, artist and comic book illustrator Jim Rugg takes doodles to a whole ‘nother level. His doodles will be on view tonight, along with other of Rugg’s art in other media, wheniam8bit gallery in Silver Lake opens Supernerd: More #*?!N' Drawings by Jim Rugg. The opening reception is tonight from 7-11 pm. The show remains on view through Aug. 18.

Grand Performances celebrates the rich musical history and fabric of the city of Angels with a free outdoor concert tonight at 8 pm. The Songs in the Key of L.A. concert celebrates the Los Angeles Public Library’s current exhibition of historical sheet music from its archives. Performing tonight is Ozomatli who are joined by a slew of guests, including Jackson Browne, La Santa Cecilia, I See Hawks in L.A., Ceci Bastida, Rob Gonzalez, the Petrojvic Blasting Company and Cheech Marin. Did we mention that the concert is free?

Tonight at 9 pm, comedian Max Silvestri records his new album with A Special Thing Records at NerdMelt. Come down and be part of the audience. There’s free admission, free drinks and the laughs don’t cost a thing either. Silvestri is joined by Jenny Slate and Joe Mande, and NerdMelt promises a few surprises are planned, too. First come, first served. So get there early to secure a spot.

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The sexy thriller Breaking the Girls, written by Mark Distefano and Guinevere Turner, and directed by Jamie Babbit opens today at the 92-seat Arena Cinema theater in Hollywood. It follows two friends who talk and dream about killing their enemies—until one of them wants to do more than just talk about murder. There’s a talkback after the 9:45 pm screening with the film’s leads Agnes Bruckner and Madeline Zima. Tickets: $10.

La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Feliz opens José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros’s show DisHollywood. It’s his latest project—we previously posted about Disasterland—in which he does a mashup of familiar fairy tale characters with current pop culture. It’s an homage to all things Hollywood, both good and bad. Also showing tonight are The Laluzapalooza Jury winners. The opening reception will be held from 8-11 pm, and the show remains on view through Sept. 1.

There’s a free family-friendly music event in Silver Lake tonight from 5-8 pm. The second Silver Lake Social at Sunset Triangle Plazafeatures acoustic performances by Nina Storey, Alice Wallace and Tawny Ellis. It’s a relaxing and chill way to kick off the weekend for the whole family.

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Want more events? Follow me on Twitter (@christineziemba). Or follow Lauren Lloyd—who takes care of Pencil on Wednesdays (@LadyyyLloyd).

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