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Pencil This In: Hammer Lecture on Art and Comics, Skating, Web TV Meetup, Art Openings

"Spokes" by Mark Jenkins. His show opens at Carmichael Gallery tonight.
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For the January edition of the Hollywood Web Television Meetup, Tubefilter presents an evening with the internet culture show Epic Fu as they launch the new EPIC FU network. There's a screening followed by a discussion with its creators—Zadi Diaz and Steve Woolf. The evening is sponsored by HP and Intel, who will be onhand to give away a free HP Envy laptop and a free HP DreamScreen for Meetup attendees. Doors open at 7 with the panel and screening beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $9.99. Tickets to the mixer only at 8:45 pm are $4.99

The Carmichael Gallery is hosting an opening reception tonight for Mark Jenkin's solo show "Meaning Is Overrated," where realistic conceptual works and site-specific installations examine the human body as a specialized object in almost absurd ways. The reception starts at 7 pm tonight with Jenkins in attendance. The exhibition runs through Feb. 18. It's the gallery's last showing (along with Aakash Nihalani's "On & Off (Often On)") on La Brea--they move to a new Culver City space next month--so the party's gonna be good!

Tonight at 7 pm, the Hammer Museum's lecture series continues with graphic artist Gary Panter.
He's a three-time Emmy Award-winner for his production design on Pee-Wee's Playhouse and is widely known as the "father of punk comics." He's known for his comic Jimbo, featured in the Los Angeles hardcore-punk tabloid Slash, and later in Art Spiegelman’s avant-garde comics anthology RAW. At tonight's lecture, Panter will examine the relationship between comic art and fine art painting in the 20th century. A book signing will follow.