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For those of us who would prefer to have cheap drinks at a happier hour than early evening, The Mint has the answer: Midnight Happy Hour. Finlandia drinks are only a $1.

The work of 30 artists is presented in this brand new mixed-media show at the Santa Monica Museum of Art that is focused on puppetry. Participating artists include: Guy Ben-Ner, Nayland Blake, Louise Bourgeois, Maurizio Cattelan, Anne Chu, Nathalie Djurberg, Terence Gower, Dan Graham, Pierre Huyghe, Christian Jankowski, Mike Kelley, William Kentridge, Cindy Loehr, Annette Messager, Paul McCarthy, Matt Mullican, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, Philippe Parreno and Rirkrit Tiravanija, Thomas Schütte, Doug Skinner and Michael Smith, Laurie Simmons, Kiki Smith, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, and Charlie White.

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7–9 p.m. // Santa Monica Museum of Art // 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica // $5 suggested donation

Midnight // The Mint // 6010 West Pico Blvd // (323) 954-9400

Evan Handler presents and signs his book It's Only Temporary: The Good News and Bad News About Being Alive at Vroman's tonight. It is the actor and leukemia survivor's second memoir.

7 p.m. // Vroman's Bookstore // 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena // Free This event has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict.

The Playwrights' Arena brings to the stage Hillary Agonistes, a 2007 NY Fringe Festival honoree (Best Direction) which depicts just what happens when President Hillary Clinton has to take that fateful 3:00 a.m. call. Hills is played by Priscilla Barnes (you know, Terri on Three's Company).

8 p.m. // Studio/Stage // 520 N. Western Ave., Hollywood // (213) 627-4473 // $20 Cash or check at the door only