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Pencil This In: Cosplay Karaoke at Meltdown Comics and Santa Monica History

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It's the first Monday of October, and Pacific Standard Time is now in full effect. While some of the art fairs continue today, we found a few non-art-related events tonight, including live music and DJs at Bardot, cosplay karaoke, Santa Monica history lesson and an event with cast of The League.

COSPLAY KARAOKE*
Meltdown Comic’s NerdMelt series is holding an evening of Cosplay Karaoke tonight at 8 pm. Presented by DC comics writer Scott Lobdell, he invites fanboys and girls to come in costume as their favorite movie, television, graphic novel or comic book characters to do their best renditions of those characters singing karaoke. Free. What a better way to get your geek on a Monday night than this?

TRESPASS PARTY
On the heels of yesterday's downtown parade, West of Rome Public Art with Arto Lindsay and Rirkrit Tiravanija present a party for Trespass: A Parade, Party & Public Call to Action tonight at Union Station, 9:30p.m. Featuring interactive and musical performances by progressive artists the party promises a collective experience in social awareness. Tickets benefit Pasadena-based public art nonprofit West of Rome (enter code DOLESSBEMORE at checkout for discount).

MUSIC
It’s a School Night tonight and that means an evening of live music and DJs at Bardot in Hollywood. On the live bill: Elizaveta at 9:30 pm; The Kopecky Family Band at pm; Hanni El Khatib at 11:30 pm. Special DJ set by C-Minus at midnight. Free with RSVP.

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HISTORY
Tonight at the Annenberg Beach House: Local Santa Monica Outlook columnist Frank Gruber discusses the Santa Monica history, focusing on the Belmar Triangle, an African-American neighborhood nestled between Pico Boulevard, Main and Fourth Streets. The neighborhood was destroyed in the 1950s by the City of Santa Monica to build the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Free. 6:30-7:30 pm.

LIVE TV
The Paley Center hosts the cast and creative team of the FX series The League tonight at 7 pm. The show is a semi-improvised series focusing on five guys and their obsession with fantasy football. The third season’s premiere episode will screen, followed by the panel discussion. The program is sold out, but the panel discussion will be streamed live online from the Paley Center.

*Pencil pick of the day

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