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Polish your dancin' shoes because your feets will be busy tonight. / Photo by Tom Andrews via LAist's flickr pool.

PROM NIGHT*: The Zero One Gallery hosts “Prom Night 1980” tonight from 8 pm-midnight. This is the first in a series of monthly events where DJ David Daskal spins “records” from a given year. Tonight—you guessed it—is 1980: Blondie, Devo and Christopher Cross (“…when you get caught between the moon and New York City….”). There’s no cover if you come in 80s prom attire, but if you can’t pull out the powder blues, then it’ll cost you $5.

DANCE: New York choreographer/company Tere O'Connor Dance performs at the Skirball tonight and through the weekend. The piece “Rammed Earth” is a 2007 work that explores the relationship between architecture and humanity. The four dancers will interact with a special gallery design by Moshe Safdie's. Original music was composed by longtime artistic partner James Baker. The hour-long piece starts tonight at 8 p.m. and runs between $16.50-$21.50.

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MORE DANCE: L.A. Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC) presents
"Pop Rocks: Old School Meets New School in a Hip Hop / Modern Dance Fusion." The Culver City High School gym will be transformed into a "rock concert venue with seating on both sides of the dance floor allowing audiences to have a new perspective on the performers." There will also be a dance lesson at intermission to give audience members a chance to perform with company members. The dance fest runs tonight and tomorrow night, beginning at 8 pm. Ticket are between $5-$25.

DANCE DOWNTOWN: The Jonathan Stout Orchestra provides the swing music tonight so all you gotta do is shake your moneymaker on the dance floor, which just happens to be the plaza at the Music Center. At this free public dance event, there’s a lesson at 6:30 pm, followed by the Orchestra and a DJ from 7:15-10 pm. As Kevin Bacon said in that great dance flick, Footloose: I thought this was a party. Let's dance!!"

PERFORMANCE: There's a live Neil Innes concert performance to celebrate the release of his biopic The Seventh Python at the Mods and Rockers Film Festival. Innes will perform songs from the Monty Python songbook, from the Rutles (the faux Beatles band) and from the Bonzo Dog Band. The concert begins at 7:30 pm @ the Egyptian and will set you back $10.

FILM: For some of us, high school kinda sucked. But not as bad as the schools featured in the "High School Hell" series at the Silent Movie Theatre. It ends tonight with the British classic film of high school rebellion, "If...." Think Taps but with accents and without uniforms. Oh yeah and different political ideologies, too.

MORE FILM: The Downtown Film Festival - L.A. (DFFLA) continues its Summer Screening Mixers tonight from 6-9 pm and watch a screening of "Uber Short Films - Part 2" with complimentary wine and cheese. The evening's supposed to whet our appetite for the festival that will be held Downtown Aug. 13-17). The DFFLA screening room is located at Barker Block in downtown's Arts District at 530 S. Hewitt St, Unit 115, Los Angeles. (The actual entrance is on Palmetto on the south end of Barker Block; look for DFFLA signage.) Tickets are free, so reservations are recommended; RSVP to

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