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Pencil This In: Drinking and Edu-tainment at Nerd Nite; Book Signing with Jessica Alba; Jordan Mechner's Graphic Novel

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Here’s the short list of what’s happening in LA tonight: There’s a nerd gathering in Venice for an evening of drinking and presentations; a book signing with Jessica Alba; a printmaking workshop at CAFAM; Jordan Mechner presents his latest graphic novel Templar; and a new book explores the groundbreaking Mary Tyler Moore Show. Read on for all the details.

Nerd Nite Los Angeles takes over the Witzend Live in Venice tonight at 7 pm. Nerd Nite, imported from Boston and New York, is nerd get-together for presentations and drinking. There are three, 20-minute presentations tonight with a music theme: Wally Young delivers Pulling Out The Stops: Organ 101 (yes, all you wanted to know about pipe organs); Becky Grace talks about Marching Band: Beyond 'This One Time at Band Camp..." and explores what drives thousands of students to join the band (wagon). Aubree Miller presents A Little Bit Different : A Brief Look at Nerdcore (yes, it’s a real subgenre of music). Cover charge: $10.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, Skylight Books welcomes Jordan Mechner, who reads from his latest graphic novel: Templar. Set in medieval times, the story focuses on a group of knights who mount a campaign to recover the lost treasure of the Knights Templar. Mechner began his career by creating the blockbuster games Karateka and Prince of Persia, the latter of which he adapted into a screenplay for the major motion picture of the same name. For Templar, he’s collaborating with illustrators LeUyen Pham and Alexander Puvilland and lush coloring from Hilary Sycamore.

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CB2 at Santa Monica Place hostsactress Jessica Alba for a signing of her new book The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You tonight from 5-7 pm. Alba, co-founder of family- and eco-friendly products at The Honest Company, has written a guide on natural living. Guests are invited for the book signing and refreshments, but are encouraged to arrive no later than 5 pm to ensure they’ll have their book signed.

Tonight at 7 pm, Book Soup welcomes author Jennifer Armstrong, who discusses and signs her book Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And all the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic. Writer-producers James L. Brooks and Allan Burns were ahead of their time in when they developed an idea for a TV show centered around a divorced woman aspirations! Mary Tyler Moore ran from 1970-77, and still resonates to this day. Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted explores making of this classic show, from the “groundbreaking female writers who lent real-life stories to their TV scripts” to the creators and legendary acting ensemble.

The Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) presents the adult art workshop series, Community Printmaking Sessions with Holly Jerger, beginning tonight (with additional sessions through Aug. 6) from 6:30-9:30 pm. Both novices and expert printers are welcome to join in the printmaking sessions that offer space, basic supplies and advice and casual instruction. Small etching presses and letterpresses will also be available for use. Ages: 17+. Cost per session: $25/$20 CAFAM members. RSVP required to (323) 937-4230 x28 or

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