Cynicism evaporates like a puff of smoke at the Third Annual Skid Row Xmas, a benefit for the homeless community that continues to burgeon throughout the greater metropolitan Los Angeles area. As communities find themselves increasingly in the thick of the dilemma — as did Dub Brothers dispensary founders Barry and Brent Walker — the call to do something about it grows increasingly louder. Speaking of loud: Tonight’s showcase performance features B-Real of Cypress Hill, no slouch when it comes to community and cannabis himself. The problem may not be solved in one night — but addressing it has to start somewhere. In addition Real, other performers include Everlast, Tyrones Jacket, and a DJ set by C-Minus and Ry Toast. Those who donate will receive a gift bag from top cannabis brands.

The Mayfair Hotel, 1256 W. 7th St., Westlake; Fri., Dec. 20, 8 p.m.; $25-50. (213) 632-1200,

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