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Listen to world music while hanging with real animals tonight -- at the zoo. / Photo by the Eye of Brad via LAist's flickr pool.

ZOO MUSIC*: How cool is this event? Tonight, the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association is hosting an evening of world music at the LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens. From 6-9 pm, guests will be able to see the animals at night (until 8 pm) and listen to the music of the Masanga Marimba Ensemble, Caribbean music from Tropical Punch, Peruvian music from Inca Peruvian, Scottish music from the Wicked Tinkers, African drummers and dancers from Kenny Hudson & World Beat, world music from Primordial Sonics, Russian music from the Balalaika Rascals, Skip Waring's German Band, Mala Ganguly (Northern Indian) and Klezmer music from OyStars!, plus strolling entertainment from Deon the Juggler and Terrell & Takako. Picnics are permitted or you can buy your own at the zoo. Best part is that tickets are only $10.50-$16.50. Kids under 5 are admitted for free.

NETWORKING: There’s an ExecTec dinner tonight at D’Amore’s Pizza Connection in Westwood. For $25, diners not only get food and drink, but the chance to listen to and exchange ideas with execs from the entertainment, media, technology and other related fields. Dinner’s from 7:30-9:30 pm and the topic for discussion is tertiary learning.

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CLASSICAL: Go on, get cultured...at the Hollywood Bowl. So what if you're not into Mozart so much. It's still the Hollywood Bowl with an orchestra playing under the stars while you picnic. And tickets are still oh so cheap. On the program tonight: Sir Andrew Davis conducting the LA Phil, with guests mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and pianist Orion Weiss. They'll tackle Mozart's following pieces: Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453, Symphony No. 38, K. 504, Prague and "Ch"io mi scordi di te" -- among others.

PERFORMANCE: The Hammer Museum is hosting artist Brent Greentonight so they say to "Expect a full body experience including live music, short films, and improvised narration--an evening spent on the verge of collapse with wobbly guitar, musical saw, banjo, fiddles, trumpets, accordion, drums and adamantly hand-made animations." Green's films (Susa's Red Ears, Hadacol Christmas, Paulina Hollers, Abe Lincoln, Carlin, Louisville/Gravity, and Walt Whitman's Brain) will be accompanied by accompanied Brendan Canty of Fugazi, Jim Becker of Califone, Alan Scalpone of the Bitter Tears, Rodney McLaughlin, and Brent Green himself.

FILM: Slot this double feature at the New Beverly as mindless summer classics. (Diablo Cody programmed this series.) Up first is Midnight Madness (1980) about five teams of college cliques involved in an all night scavenger hunt. It marks Michael J. Fox's film debut. The film's followed by Wet Hot American Summer, written and performed by the guys from Stella (and their celeb friends). We still think of Christopher Meloni humping a fridge in this movie every time we see him on Law and Order: SVU. Director David Wain will make an appearance at the screening.

*Pencil pick of the day