Pencil This In: a Wonder Woman Doc and Panel Discussion; a Beauty Bash; Coolers as Canvasses and a Comedy Tourney

We sort through a lot of events and happenings around LA so you don’t have to. Here’s a list of interesting things to do/attend around LA tonight: a short film screening and book signing with Jim Mangan; a Red Bull cooler art project; a comedy madness tournament; a film screening and discussion on Wonder Woman and other powerful women; and more. Read on for all the details:

PANEL + SCREENING
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, a documentary by Christy Guevara-Flanagan, traces the evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman from her origins as a comic book heroine to other representations of powerful women today. There’s a free screening tonight at KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum, and followed by a panel discussion featuring Madeline Di Nonno, executive director, The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Noelene Clark, writer and producer, LA Times pop culture blog Hero Complex; Mike Madrid, author of The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, & the History of Comic Book Heroines; and Zoe Chevat, comic artist, illustrator, animator, and for the Mary Sue. Doors at 6:30 pm, program begins at 7 pm. RSVP required (waitlist only).

ART+FILM
Photographer, filmmaker and designer Jim Mangan is at Family Los Angeles for a book signing and film screening tonight at 7 pm. He’s screening the short film Color’d, which is set in northern Utah’s Uinta Mountains and “depicts a journey of stepping outside the increasingly narrow confines of modern America to literally paint anew one’s identity.” In the film seven people eschew modernity, paint themselves in pigmented bear fat and leave their former identities behind.

COMEDY
In the spirit of the college basketball season, there’s also a March Comedy Madness tournament in which 64+ comedians perform in five venues to crown one champion. Now in its 7th year, the tourney has already selected finalists Nick Cobb (Burbank), Paige Wesley & Nate Craig (Hollywood) and Jeremiah Watkins (Downtown). Tonight, the competition moves to the M.i. Westside Comedy theater at 8 pm in which more than a dozen comedians compete for the Westside slot. Tickets: $10 and no drink minimum (but plenty of beer specials).

ART
Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project Los Angeles is a part-gallery, part-marketing event held tonight at Factory West in WeHo from 9 pm to midnight. The project asked 20 of Los Angeles’ innovative contemporary artists (including Man One, Mear One, Jill Knox) to design Red Bull coolers that will be housed in some of LA’s premiere bars, clubs and restaurants. Two of the coolers will be selected by judges and the public to head to the SCOPE art show in Miami later this year. DJ sets tonight by Jeremy Sole and Mathieu Schreyer (aka Mr. French). 21+. RSVP needed.

FILM
There’s a free screening at the Echo Park Film Center tonight at 8 pm of Kate Brown’s latest 16mm film Vilas Kortas, which celebrates cars, film, sound and Los Angeles. It’s preceded by a short screening of other car films including James Benning's 9/1/75 and Margo Victor's Werra. Free. Brown is an LA AIR (artist-in-residence) at EPIC, in which she was invited to use the center’s resources to create new work(s) during a four-week period.

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The Hammer Museum screens a Little Tramp classic tonight. (Film still: 'City Lights,' courtesy of the Hammer)

OLD FILM
Tonight at 7:30 pm, Hammer Screening series presents Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights (1931). After the film started production, Hollywood’s silent era was bum-rushed by the talkie revolution. “After months of anguished contemplation, Chaplin decided to finish the film as it began—in silence, save for a musical score and an occasional sound effect.” Chaplin is cast once more as the Little Tramp who strikes up a friendship with a blind flower girl. She somehow thinks the tramp is a millionaire. Free.

SPA
Exhale mind body spa holds a Beauty Bash tonight from 6pm to 8pm at their Santa Monica and Hollywood locations. To celebrate the launch of its newest facial treatment, the Illuminate Facial, guests have the chance to enjoy complimentary mini spa therapies, light eats and bubbly, trunk shows and other swag. The treatments and giveaways will be available on a first-come, first-served basis (while supplies last).

80’s PARTY
DJ Montage brings back the 80s to the Bru Haus tonight with a dance party from 9 pm til closing. There’s no cover, and the bar’s offering $6 for some of the cheesiest cocktails every created and named: WooWoos, Sex on the Beach, Fuzzy Navels and White Russians.

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