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Pencil This In: Sundance's Next Weekend Continues, Brews at the Zoo, Modernist Music and YA Writers/Comics at Nerdmelt

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We found a number of events tonight that are a great way to kick off the weekend. There’s an evening of beer tastings at the Zoo, a YA (young adult) author/comedy night; a disco dance revolution at the Music Center; a post-classical / modernist music concert; the rock sensibilities of Foals at the Wiltern, Sundance’s Next Weekend festival and an Echo Park Film Center Filmmobile screening. Read on for all the details.

Park City comes to LA this weekend as Sundance’s new Next Weekend mini-festival brings adventurous programming from the festival’s popular Next section. Screenings, panels and parties are happening now through Sunday at the Sundance Sunset Cinema and additional venues throughout LA. Screenings today include a slate of YouTube shorts, and feature films A Teacher and Cutie and the Boxer.

We hear there are a few tickets left for the Brew at the L.A. Zoo Beer Festival tonight from 6-10 pm. Tour the zoo’s habitats at night while sampling beer from top breweries. (Nothing could go wrong with that mix, right?) The event is 21+ only, obviously. Guests get a 5-oz. collectible sample beer mug with 14 tickets to exchange for samples, from such breweries like: Widmer Brothers Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Heretic Brewing Company, Mad River Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Company, Golden Road Brewing, The Lagunitas Brewing Company, Angel City Brewery and many more. There’s live music, karaoke and DJs spinning throughout the night. Tickets: $45. Designated driver tickets: $25 (free fountain drinks all night long.)

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Tonight at 7 pm, NerdMelt presents YA Author Comedy Night with authors/comics Mindy Raf (The Symptoms of My Insanity), Amy Spalding (The Reece Malcolm List), DC Pierson (Crap Kingdom), and Sara Benincasa (Great) doing hilarious readings, storytelling, stand-up and music celebrating our collective teen dramas, traumas, broken hearts and more. A short Q&A panel to follow. Special music guest: Kristy Hanson. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

The UK five-piece indie outfit Foals are headlining The Wiltern tonight, just fresh from Lollapalooza and before heading up to SF for Outside Lands. Also on the bill tonight are Cayucas and Drowners. Tickets: $34.

Get your dancing shoes on tonight from 6:30-10 pm for another edition of Dance Downtown on the Music Center Plaza. It’s disco night tonight! But don’t fret if you don’t have the moves. There will be beginner dance lessons so you, too, will be strutting like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever soon enough. Free.

Tonight at 8 pm at Mimoda Studios, the What’s Next? ensemble opens a “micro-series exploring musical concepts of space, time, and place” with modern masterworks on the program conducted by WNE Artistic Director Vimbayi Kaziboni. Works/composers slated to be performed tonight include: Iannis Xenakis’s “Anaktoria”; Morton Feldman’s “The Viola in My Life II,” Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Kreutzspiel” and Gerard Grisey’s “Vortex Temporum.” Tickets: $10.

The Echo Park Film Center’s Filmmobile Summer Screening Series brings interesting films to unexpected locations. Tonight at 8 pm, the Filmmobile is showing Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles on Santa Ana Boulevard, adjacent to Watts Towers in Watts. The 1972 BBC film follows architectural historian Reyner Banham as he leads a tour through LA. Introducing the film is local historian Richard Schave of Esotouric Bus Adventures.

*Pencil pick of the day

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